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."

A young boy talks with walkie talkie inside a solar-powered car as he leads the climate change protesters to go through U.S Embassy in Central Jakarta on Friday (20/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A boy talks on his walkie-talkie inside a solar-powered car during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Young activists and students dominate and lead the global climate strike in Central Jakarta on Friday (20/09). They bring placard that reads save our planet #changeforthefuture. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Young activists and students dominate the Global Climate Strike in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man brings a sign declare Jakarta krisis ruang terbuka hijau Jakarta crisis of green open space during climate change protest in front of Jakarta City Hall, Central Jakarta on Friday (20/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Stating the obvious: Jakarta lacks green open spaces. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hundreds of people in Jakarta occupy Jalan Merdeka Barat to join the global climate change protest on Friday (20/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesters occupy Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat all through the afternoon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A young girl take to street during climate crisis protest in Central Jakarta as she was inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
This young girl said she was inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Protesting climate change, the protesters stop in front of U.S Embassy in Central Jakarta for a while, they wave a big yellow flag that reads global strike for climate. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The protesters stop in front of the US Embassy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman leads the protesters to critic the goverment during global climate change protest in front of State Palace, Central Jakarta on Friday (20/09). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman roasts the government for its handling of the climate crisis. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
'Respect excistence or expect resistance' the placard said. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Handmade posters dominate the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students from various schools and communities join the global protest and spread the awareness through a jargon punch back climate crisis. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students from all over Jakarta join the strike. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An activist wears a Orang Utan mask and a sign that says do you have to wait for me to become extinct first and then want to save me? during global climate change protest in Central Jakarta on Friday (20/09)
A protester wears an orangutan mask. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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