The Indonesian Forum for Environment's (WALHI's) People's Area Protection and Development Executive Head Uslaini Chaus, here on Wednesday, highlighted the importance of youths' involvement in the real actions to save nature.
Civil 20 (C20), part of G20 Indonesia's Sherpa Track, is a forum for civil society organizations from around the world to engage with G20 leaders in dealing with the current issues of gender equality; taxation and sustainable finance; vaccine access and global health; and environment, climate justice and energy transition. The C20 forum is divided into seven different working groups.
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Chaus explained that WALHI has been conducting the Green Student Movement (GSM) initiative since the 2000s. The target is to educate students to not only understand environmental issues but also be motivated to participate in mitigating the climate crisis in their respective environments.
"Currently, WALHI is preparing an ecology academy aimed at educating young people in Indonesia to understand environmental issues, human rights, and the climate crisis. Hopefully, more young people will speak out and take action for ecological and climate justice in Indonesia," she stated at the 2022 Youth Virtual Conference (YVC) held on Sunday (September 18).
At the conference, Alvi Muldani, a doctor and consultant at the Alam Sehat Lestari Foundation, also spotlighted the youth's essential role in combating climate change and the importance of reducing the production of emissions and instead working towards increasing their absorption.
"The global target is to limit the temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees (Celsius). We must all be involved in protecting the forest. If the climate has changed, it cannot be reversed," Muldani emphasized.
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