We can make a dif­fer­ence

Prestige Indonesia - - Editor’s Letter | -

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.

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