Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024 – Human Earth is in crisis. The threat of global warming and climate change is in sight. We experience it, but are not yet aware of it collectively.

“Individual awareness is not enough. Collective action is needed to overcome the environmental crisis,” said the Chancellor of Paramadina University, Prof. Didik J. Rachbini in Jakarta, Tuesday 4 July 2023.

Director of the Paramadina Center for Religion and Philosophy (PCRP), Budhy Munawar-Rachman also stressed the necessity of collective movement, especially from religious groups with inter-faith collaboration to inject awareness in the public to care for the environment.

“The government also needs to act to demand social responsibility, in protecting the ecology, from large companies that have the potential to carry out ecological destruction. The problem is that there are intertwined interests between politicians and businessmen,” he said.

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Budhy offers, the Laodatu Si movement model which starts ecological conversion starting from the individual towards the collective movement to protect the earth.

“Prospective leaders of this country need to understand integral ecology which teaches the interconnection of God, nature and humans which can become a spiritual basis for a collective movement to protect and care for nature,” he said.

Environmental activist Swary Utami Dewi explained that every year the United Nations (UN) holds a conference to invite countries in the world to save the earth.

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“The earth’s ecological damage has been caused by human hands since the industrial revolution. The greenhouse effect creates global warming. The conversion of forests has exacerbated conditions,” he said.

Swary also reminded the impact of a hot earth’s temperature.

“There has been an irregular rainy season climate change, the NTT region is getting drier, for example. In South Kalimantan there is a wet drought, farmers do not know when the planting and harvest seasons are as a result, the threat of food insecurity,” he explained.

In addition, continued Swary, the more frequent severe storms, forest fires, melting glaciers and polar ice make sea levels higher, threatening coastal cities and islands, and disease outbreaks.

He gave tips on dealing with ecological threats. First, reduce the use of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal.

By Meley

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