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Jakarta Post

Climate as growth driver

Our climate is no joke: Environmentalists participating in the Asia Climate Rally march to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Central Jakarta on Friday to urge the government and businesspeople not to fund fossil fuel exploitation to help stop climate change.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Editorial board
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22 2021

While altering the history of our time, the COVID-19 pandemic has offered a new opportunity in the global climate fight.

As countries battle the coronavirus and ensuing economic recession that has seen millions face adversity, there is a widespread awareness that it is time to take stock of our ways: to live more healthily and consume less energy and reduce the impact of climate change.

During the pandemic, major disasters continued unabated. Fire still razed 3.5 million hectares in the California wildfires in the United States and over 2 million ha in the Amazon, and over 18.6 million ha in Australia.

From Germany to Australia, major floods have been caused by unpredictable climate patterns, causing disruption and taking lives.

All the calamities and their devastating impacts have led countries to renew their pledges in the climate fight. And t...

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