Greenpeace Southeast Asia

notes from climate ground zero by Chuck Baclagon

Rodora Angeles, Greenpeace Southeast Asia (Philippines) Actions Coordinator ©Greenpeace / Ardiles Rante

Writing you all a quick message from Indonesia.

Internet is limited and oftentimes connection is difficult. We are after all, at the heart of the Indonesian rainforest.

Sharing with you the ongoing activities here at the Climate Defenders Camp in Kampar Peninsula in Indonesia, where massive forest destruction is still taking place despite the global call to stop climate change. Indonesia is the third biggest carbon dioxide emitter, next to the US and China.

This is because of the deforestation taking place in one of the last remaining paradise forests in the whole world. Up to this day, and yep, as I write this email, active clearing of forest areas is still happening, just a stone’s throw away (ok, that’s exaggerating it….just a few kilometers actually) from where we are…yep, up to this very second. By whom and for what you may ask?

By large companies of palm oil and pulp and paper products that we use everyday! Palm oil is used in chocolates, soap and almost every thing that we use. Pulp and paper products…well you know what we all use them for.

Forests contain huge amount of carbon dioxide, more especially Indonesian forests that sit on peatlands. When the trees are cut, it releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and lessens the area of forests that absorbs the carbon dioxide. Think about all that carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every second. Think about how that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects us all. There is no more argument. The experts have already spoken that the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is the cause of destructive climate change. We would be stupid to still deny that. And even more stupid to not do anything about it.

I’ve been here at the Climate Defenders Camp for more than two weeks now, greeted by several flights of hornbills (yes, hornbills!) every morning and some eagles and kites occasionally, I’ve never felt more strongly about being here. Climate change affects us all. No doubt about that. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, the destruction it has caused and the lives it has claimed so far. I’ve talked to the people affected by it, I’ve heard their stories. It’s not fiction. It’s real. And it’s happening NOW.

Anyway, those hornbills and their sounds are amazing to hear every single morning! Can you imagine the habitat loss for these creatures when these trees are felled? And birds just give us, well, a bird’s eye view of the biodiversity loss and the collapse of ecosystems the forest supports. Isn’t that reason enough to stop these horrendous acts?

Sabi nga ng isang kakilala ko, kung di kikilos ngayon, kelan pa? Sino pa ba ang kikilos, kundi tayo?

I encourage you…no, I URGE you to follow the stories of the volunteers and the activities here at camp.
Hopefully, you will think about what that next roll of toilet paper really means.




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Your actions inspires everyone to join the fight. The fight against CLIMATE CHANGE.

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