According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Indonesian government has all key competencies to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of its current food system domestically. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Urbanites Urged to Minimize Ecological Footprint: WWF Indonesia

BY :RATRI M. SINIWI

NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Jakarta. After revealing that the world's wildlife population has plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, World Wildlife Fund Indonesia is urging Indonesian urbanites to minimize their ecological footprint.

According to WWF Indonesia, consumption of food and energy in urban areas contribute to the highest greenhouse gas emissions, making up 70 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

They are also the two main culprits affecting climate change according to the conservation group's annual Living Planet Report in October.

“We often forget how much consumers living in urban areas with all the conveniences depend on nature,” WWF Indonesia acting chief executive, Benja Mambai said in a statement on Monday (21/11).

Benja also said that resources are limited and consumers have a responsibility to make the right choices in their daily consumption of products by actively seeking out the origin of products purchased and consumed.

Benja suggests that consumers should make better purchases by avoiding products which are harmful to the environment. This includes products which are made with destructive chemicals that harm the environment or produced by illegal logging or forest fires.

Benja also suggests purchasing eco-friendly products which are labeled accordingly. If the demand for eco-friendly products were to increase, then it would help drive the supply from retailers.

“The food system we adopt today enables industry players to gain power over natural resources and capital, ignoring the environmental and social factors of production and food distribution patterns. This would increase the ecological footprint, which is almost uncontrollable, and [causes] economic inequality,” WWF Indonesia’s social development strategy leader, Cristina Eghenter, said.

Transportation is also a significant factor, as 20 percent of Indonesia’s national energy consumption comes from transportation, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources research in 2012. Transportation is also the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

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