Palangka Raya, October 19th, 2019 - For more than three months, all we saw in Kalimantan was the grey sky and no sunlight, More than 78,000 hotspots (according to LAPAN) blaze all over Kalimantan since June. The haze can even make the surroundings look blank-white, giving us very low visibility and extremely high concentration of dangerous fine particles PM 2.5 to breathe in.
Kalimantan Climate Strike 20-27 September 2019. EIGHT days of strike for climate to voice the emergency crisis of smoke haze and forest fires in Kalimantan. All provinces of Kalimantan is being burned, giving a total of 30,000 hotspots for the whole island as of September 2019. All experienced the same hardship due to the haze. Within 8 days of the Kalimantan Climate Strike, 319 young people in Palangkaraya, Ketapang, and Pontianak united to voice Climate Justice for Kalimantan: End the 22 years of Borneo Forest Fire now!
SIGN THE PETITION TO DEMAND CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR KALIMANTAN!
We, the youth of Kalimantan are in collective solidarity for KALIMANTAN CLIMATE STRIKE 20 - 27 SEPT to demand that the government: all Kalimantan Governors, President Jokowi, The Ministry of Environment and Forestry Mrs. Siti Nurbaya Bakar to give CLIMATE JUSTICE to Kalimantan IMMEDIATELY.
More than 162,000 hectares of forest has been burned in Kalimantan and Sumatera. In Central Kalimantan itself, there are 1971 hotspots. Everyday in Palangkaraya the PM 2.5 number reaches more than 1000 μg/m³ (PAQ), resulting to 9000 people being affected by URI (ISPA).
In commemoration of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (World Indigenous Day - Aug 9), Ranu Welum Foundation & Indigenous Film Festival presented “Kalimantan Indigenous Film Festival 2” or #KIFF2019 to the city that Ranu Welum calls home - Palangkaraya (Central Kalimantan).
A story by Nanda, 23 years old Dayaknese that spent almost her whole life outside her home island. — Just moved back in to Kalimantan, there’s nothing more that I wanted to do other than go to the villages. I was stoked when I first heard the plan that we are going to stay in a village area for five days, as the city is immensely stressful.
“Two of my children experienced severe cough for a month because they have been breathing this polluted air. We don’t have any other place to hide from this haze” said Sudarto, a father that came to our haze shelter to get fresh air and mask for his children.
‘Until I was in high school, I didn’t refer to myself as ‘Indigenous’. I didn’t speak in my mother tongue. My father is Javanese and my mother is Dayak Ngaju, therefore I faced a dilemma. I always asked myself ‘who am I, am I Dayaknese? Am I Javanese?’, but the voice inside my heart keeps saying that I’m Dayak. So, I learn how to speak Dayak Ngaju. After I’m able to speak in Dayak Ngaju, I feel a sense of belonging to Dayak Ngaju Community. Now I really am proud to say I’m Dayak.’
The younger generation is often considered to represent the future; they bring new ideas that can engender change, they bring enthusiasm and vitality; leading to new discoveries and developments that can benefit society. Unfortunately, young people’s voices are still not well represented in various countries - especially Indonesia. We believe that youth forums are the best platform for young people to connect and speak for themselves.