A protester puts on her headband before marching to the State Palace. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Climate Defenders Strike Back
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
Hundreds of environmental activists, students and children joined others around the world to rally against climate crisis as part of the Greta Thunberg-inspired Global Climate Strike in Jakarta on Friday. The climate defenders claimed the protest was the biggest of its kind in the country's modern history.
Carrying handmade placards, the protesters gathered in a park near the Cut Meutia Mosque in Central Jakarta before making their way to Aspiration Park in front of the State Palace. Some of the slogans written on their posters were "Save Our Planet," "No Planet B" and "Land on Mars is Expensive."
The march to the State Palace also featured solar-powered bikes and cars. The protesters demanded that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo make concrete steps to reduce fossil fuel consumption and make the switch to renewable energy.
They also criticized the government for its negligence and insensitivity in dealing with massive forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
The Global Climate Strike was held simultaneously in 163 countries across the planet on Friday. Students and children took to the streets inspired by Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who was featured on the cover of Time magazine in May this year as a "next generation leader."