Written by: Mega Aisyah Nirmala
It was Saturday evening. I was on the train on my way back home from the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. I kept wondering why my heartbeat works faster than usual.
Couple hours ago, I was still involved in a gathering of people who named themselves as Indonesia Climate Rangers. Twelve of us would like to represent Indonesia for Global Power Shift in Istanbul, June 2013. It was our very first meeting in the same space and time, but of course, it wasn’t our first ‘meeting’. Skype, emails, and whatsapp message application were our main based communication since months ago. This gathering was too interesting, at least for me. We came from many different areas and backgrounds. Yet, the same concern toward the mother earth gathered us here.
Our nights and long discussions came to a resolution to build a movement for dealing with the climate crisis and for social justice. We came up with two very important issues in Indonesia, forest and energy sovereignty. We need to influence young communities toward those issues in order to create a social movement that should be the main pillar to change the paradigm and behaviour of the society toward the use of natural resources and finally, to minimize the impact of climate change. More specifically, we’re going to build a social movement concerning to the forest, fossil fuel, and renewable energy.
Communities would be our root to build the movement through solidarity based. We would like to work together with other green communities around the country helped by one of them, technology (i.e. internet). However, we’re going to move that way.
This gathering made us sure that the global power shift of phase 1 in Istanbul would be our milestone for the next phase of power shift in Indonesia.
When I was checking out to globalpowershift.org, seems that many countries have prepared for the global power shift very well. Here I also want to inform you that Indonesia climate ranges are ready to join with other power shifters in Istanbul and the entire world!
Now, I know why my heartbeat works faster than usual. I just can’t wait for the Global Power Shift happens!!