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Indonesia fails to step up its game on climate crisis

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 26, 2019   /  02:30 pm
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Members of Extinction Rebellion Indonesia march along Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta during the Rebellion Week campaign on Oct. 13. The activists demanded the government declare a climate emergency, as seen on the banner.(Extinction Rebellion Indonesia/Nabila Andrawina)

The 25th United Nations Climate Change conference, known as COP25, in Madrid, Spain, ended earlier this month in vain. The conference’s tagline was Tiempo de actuar (time to act). Ironically, the majority of over 200 participating countries, including Indonesia, failed to take real action to tackle the climate crisis. Days prior to the summit, parties urged participating countries to step up their commitment by upgrading their respective nationally determined contributions (NDCs), a pledge made by nations to cut their emissions. Despite the calls, Indonesia decided to hold on to their previous NDC of reducing emissions by 29 percent independently – or a cut of up to 41 percent with international assistance – by 2030. Observers consider Indonesia, the world’s fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gas, lacking in commitment and leadership in addressing the...