We can make a difference
JUST AS THIS ISSUE of Prestige – the most important we have ever published – was about to go to the printer, the United Nations issued a new report: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. It makes for grim reading.
People in coastal regions of Asia, particularly those living in cities, could face some of the worst effects of global warming, the report warns. “The majority of [coastal flooding and land loss] will be in East, Southeast and South Asia. Some small island states are expected to face very high impacts.”
The UN report comes very close to home. It is talking about cities such as Jakarta and islands like Bali. My friend Matthieu Lux, Monitoring and Reporting Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia in Jakarta, drew my attention recently to an article in Science magazine. It states that, over the past 12 years, we have lost 50 soccer fields of trees per minute across the globe.
In Indonesia alone, the equivalent of five to six football fields of forest is cleared each minute. The UN Environmental Programme has predicted that 98 percent of Indonesia’s forest area could be destroyed by 2022.
When Matthieu pointed out these shocking facts to me, I knew I had to do something to create awareness. In this, our first “Green Issue”, my goal is to inspire people and organisations, business owners and housewives, to take action.
We can each make a difference, either by supporting a foundation that is involved in green initiatives or by volunteering. If you are the owner or manager of a company, perhaps you could consider funding organisations that work to help save the environment.
Everyone should demand that the government do more to save our beautiful country. It is time to act now before it’s too late. Think of our future, our children and the generations that come after us. Let’s all think green.