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Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s call for global climate action rings hollow, environmentalists say

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28, 2021   /  11:09 am
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Environmentalists participating in the Asia Climate Rally march to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Central Jakarta in late 2020, urging the government and businesses not to fund fossil fuel exploitation to help stop climate change.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for stronger global commitments to tackle climate change this week, but environmentalists complain that Indonesia’s emissions-reduction target has not budged and that national policies are still being pursued at the expense of the environment. In a prerecorded statement aired at the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) hosted by the Netherlands on Tuesday, Jokowi said that the impacts of climate change were “very real” for archipelagic nations like Indonesia. From fisherfolk and farmers whose livelihoods are affected by climate change, to coastal residents and small island dwellers who faced rising sea levels on their own doorstep, Indonesians have had to adapt to climate change, he said. In order to respond adequately, the President said that all nations must take “extraordinary steps” to combat cli...