‘Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption in Asia’ is a new publication produced by Consumers International, the SWITCH-Asia Network Facility, and sponsored by the European Union. It was launched during the 10th Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 10 November 2011.
The booklet, divided in two parts, looks at how the huge increases in consumption in Asia over the next 20 years can be put on a sustainable path.
By 2030, Asia is expected to represent the biggest group of consumers in the world with consumer spending predicted to reach US$32 trillion. Asia already accounts for over 60% of the world population and this group of consumers is increasing at a rate of 1.2% yearly.
“Any discussion on global consumption trends is likely to include the role of Asia or Asia’s influence and contribution”.
The first part of the booklet looks at the challenges that consumers face in the region when embracing sustainable consumption, particularly regarding the product life-cycle. The second part showcases solutions for the challenges, presented as case studies of programmes and projects from the region. A reference to Earth Charter Initiative actions appears in the second booklet.
The performance of traditional music instruments and songs from provinces in Indonesia, by Sanggar Roda, Children of Terminal Pulo Gadung
The series of Climate Smart Leaders Program (CSL) finally came to its final stage. On 24 October 2010, the event of Emil Salim Award for Young Generation was held in Gedung Sapta Pesona, Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The award is given to the winners of CSL program who have gone through CSL Camp, implementation stage, and final selection by the juror one day before the event.
The event started with the performance from Sanggar Roda, children of Terminal Pulo Gadung, who played Indonesian traditional songs in a very lively tone using traditional music instruments. Before the winners were announced, Darwina Widjajanti (Executive Director of Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan or YPB) addressed the importance of youth nowadays to lead, to take real actions, and to encounter the challenges of climate change since they are the ones who will heritage the future planet.
Afterwards, Erna Witolear (co-founder of YPB/ member of Governing Board of YPB / representative of Earth Charter Indonesia) shared her experience as someone who has been a colleague of Emil Salim since 1976. For her, Emil Salim is a figure who can always learn anywhere: take note, listens, writing his own papers and speeches by collecting data. He is also ready to start something although it is not in a perfect stage yet, because he believes that improvements can always be done in the course of an idea. That is how ideas turn into actions. Erna Witoelar also found that despite of his busy schedules, Emil Salim always manage to spend quality times for his family, as a balance activities in life. The following presentation showed the positive values from Emil Salim and ended by an appeal to young generation in continuing the struggle for better life, as it is not over yet.
The keynote speech from Prof. Emil Salim was delivered afterwards. As the co-founder and The Head of Governing Board of YPB, he has given his support to CSL program since the very beginning. He spent time to visit the finalists during CSL camp last July. In his speech, he addressed his concern that his figure would become the bigger issue than his ideas issue. Therefore he stated that the most important point is to continue his spirit and develop his ideas. “People can change, but ideas live on,” he stated. With his age turns to 80, he expected that the young generation will carry on the mission to protect the country, for a better life.
On this occasion, Emil Salim also delivered a document, Pesan Ayah (A Father’s Message), a compass of life which he received from his father and he would like to pass on to the young generation. There are four crucial elements in the message:
To use your talent and ideas to the highest level. Achieve the highest position to maximize your potentials which is given by God for the good of mankind.
Learn from nature, as your teacher. Learn how diversity empowers the universe.
Understand that there is nothing immortal in this world, other than God and changes it self. Do not avoid changes, but be the agent of change who brings positive influence to the society.
Cultivate learning behavior within: not only from formal institution, but also from the society and people whom we are involved with. Learn to live a lively life.
Before the announcement of the winners of CSL program, Gita Meidita as Project Coordinator informed the project selection criteria as the benchmarks developed by the jurors to select the winner: includes leadership, innovation, impacts and sustainability.
The project criteria to select the best project proposal of CSL program covers the following items:
Problem identification: how the project identify the problems that it would like to solve
Innovation and applicability: what is the innovation to solve the problem and its applicability
Impacts: the project proposed need to show the impacts of the project: socially, economically, and environmentally
Replicability: the project shows the potential to replicate to wider audience and impacts
Sustainability: the projects needs to show how it sustains beyond CSL Program
Target (milestones): the project shows the target from ideas to action in a year
In terms of behavior, the project is evaluated for its leadership capacity of the following elements:
In making strategic decision
Excellent work standards
High tenacity to achieve target
Clear conveying communication
In making impacts: commanding attention, respect, confidence
The event continued with the announcement of the winners for Climate Smart Leaders program who will then receive Emil Salim Award for Young Generation. Accompanied by traditional musical instruments played by children from Sanggar Roda, First Category was announced by Amanda Katili Niode (Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim / The Climate Project Indonesia) and the Second Category by Dr. Asclepias Rachmi (The Foundation of Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics), as the juror representatives.
THE WINNERS ARE
Category I: age 15 – 18 years old (High school level) 1. Sumarlina, SMAN 1 Wringinanom Gresik, Doctor of Rivers: Dragonfly as Indicators River’s Health
2. Fahmi Dinni, SMAN 13 Bandung, MeMo: Message of Movement
3. Muhammad Faisol Tanjung, SMAN 10 Malang, House/Organic Waste from Sawojajar Market and Schools Management into Environment Friendly Compost
Category II: age 19 – 24 years old (University level) 1. Claudia Windasari Wijaya, Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Surabaya Utilization of Shrimp Waste as An Alternative for Hiperlidemia Medicine in Tablets
2. Muhammad Noor Rokhmat, Animal Production Major, Faculty of Farming Universitas Diponegoro Green Farming Agribusiness with Environmental Friendly Feedlot System
3. Shofarul Wustoni, Chemical Major, Bandung Institute of Technology Utilization of Orange Peel Waste as Natural Food Packages
After the awards were given to the winners, Sandiaga Uno as the co-founder and Head of Governing Board of Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi, which is also YPB’s partner, delivered his speech on the importance of innovation. Unfortunately the budget for innovation from the government is kept to a minimum. But t should not be the obstacle for youth to keep on innovating. In the world full of competition, innovation is the key role to succeed. Every opportunity must be used to with unstoppable innovation, he noted.
The event followed by a speech Keith Davis, as the Country Director British Council Indonesia. He congratulated he winners and stated his support to the winners of CSL program. YPB is lucky because British Council also gave the first winner from university category, Claudia Windasari Wijaya, to attend British Council Project Management and Leadership for Climate Change Regional Session in Hanoi, Vietnam from 22 – 27 November 2010 with the winners of Climate Generation from British Council. On this occasion, British Council also launched Climate for Classrooms program, which can be seen through: http://www.climate4classrooms.org/id/
The CSL program will carry on in the years to come so the young generation will be actively motivated to save their future through innovation added by leadership skill and with the foundation of noble values, just like the message addressed by Darwina Widjajanti, Executive Director of YPB.
Prof. Emil Salim “The finalists were highly spirited and the ambience is very lively. We need to involve as many LEAD Fellows as we can on this program. They will certainly pass their knowledge to these young generations and help them to improve their skills.”
Erna Witolear “It is great that LEAD Fellows are also involved in this event. This event is truly the hallmark which shows that youth is able to play their early role to achieve sustainable development. I am sure that CSL will continue to develop new ways to gain youth awareness towards environmental issues.”
From the Finalists
Fahmi Dinni Second Winner from First Category – SMAN 13 Bandung “The experience and knowledge I gained from Climate Smart Leaders training and project implementation phase have motivated me to take more real actions to ameliorate and improve my project. The most valuable knowledge for me is about team management. I learned how to build a strong foundation to manage a solid teamwork to achieve bigger goals. CSL has also extended my network that is very useful for me and my team. Even though this year’s event has ended, I hope the finalists and committee will keep in touch and support each other projects.”
Mohammad Nur Rokhmat Second winner from Second Category – Animal Production, Faculty of Farming, Diponegoro University “I learn so much from CSL. From the materials given throughout the training and the implementation phase, I was trained to be a smart leader. I also have the chance to meet the extra ordinary Prof. Emil Salim. Climate Smart Leaders have truly changed my perspectives to be able to look from various different angles.”
Claudia Von Nasution Communication Science, University of Indonesia “The most valuable thing I gained from Climate Smart Leaders program is networking. The networking is great and I am sure it will certainly help me improve my project. The CSL committee is really cool. They are very helpful and motivating as we can communicate with them informally. The speakers were very inspiring as they shared insightful discussions. It has all motivated me to develop my projects and also create new projects. I hope the future CSL Program will richen its material and methods.”
Abdullah Azzam Al-Afghani Smart Ekselensia Bogor High School “I was surprised to find out that I was selected to join Climate Smart Leaders Program since I am coming from social science background. Most of the similar competition only selected those who came from natural science background. During the camp, I gained the knowledge, the friends, and the experience that are irreplaceable.” Bella Yuliatin YPK Bontang High School “There are many benefits I received from joining Climate Smart Leaders Program. The program has increased and deepened my knowledge on environmental issues. The experiences I gained from the camp, the implementation stage, and until the awarding event have been a motivation for me to continue taking real action to save the earth and the future generation.” R. Zainal Fattah Chemical Engineering, Institut Sepuluh Nopember “From all the competitions that I have ever joined, Climate Smart Leaders is very different. In this series of training, we did not only compete towards each other, we also became a family. I learn how to co-operate and collaborate in a team. We also gained the skills and knowledge which were relevant to each of our projects and will surely improve them.”
Our biggest gratitude to the supporters of Climate Smart Leaders program:
The Jurors: 1. Prof. Ani Mardiastuti – Institut Pertanian Bogor 2. Amanda Katili Niode – DNPI/The Climate Project Indonesia 3. Brigita Isworo Laksmi – KOMPAS 4. Dr. Asclepias R. S. Indriyanto, MA – The Foundation of Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics 5. Sandiaga Uno and Andy Pradjaputra – Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia 6. Dr. Zul Duki – Secretary for Head of Advisory Council for The President
• Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi, primary partner • Dewan Nasional Perubahan Iklim (National Council for Climate Change) • Earth Charter International • British Council • PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk • Kompas Muda • PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol • Green Radio • The Climate Project Indonesia • Greenaration Indonesia • PT Indonesia Power • CEE (Center for Environmental Education) • The volunteers: Budiono, Burhanudinsyah, Dino Fitriza, Gaia Khairina, Gusti Ayu Fransiska, M. Apip Frimansyah, dan Nina Nuraniyah. • LEAD Fellows involved as jurors, core team, resource persons, and sponsors for the event.
Climate Smart Leaders Program is a program created by Yayasan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (YPB), an Earth Charter Affiliate from Indonesia. This program, launched in February 2010, encourages young people (15-24 years old) to take action in combating climate change by offering them opportunities to volunteer their time or propose projects to be implemented with organizations working in the field of sustainability.
YPB believes it is strategic to involve the youth in the efforts of securing the planet for their future. This year, the program received 226 proposals from across Indonesia. Through a tight selection process, there were 24 finalists of young leaders with their remarkable project initiatives (12 finalists were from senior high schools and the other 12 finalist were university students).
YPB and Yayasan Inovasi Teknologi Indonesia (INOTEK) in partnership with the National Council for Climate Change and Earth Charter International, offered a 5-day leadership and project development training or CSL CAMP, with the 24 finalist young leaders. This camp took place in Educamp Ancol, Jakarta, on 4-9 July 2010.
The Climate-Smart Leaders’ Camp aims to equip the finalists with more knowledge and skills that they can use to improve their project propsals. It is expected that after the CAMP session, the participants can have a more efficient and effective project implementation and in turn have larger positive impacts.
Find in this article full details about this program.
With the slogan: It starts with one for future generations, several volunteers organized a celebration for the10th anniversary of the Earth Charter in Indonesia, during the framework of the World Environment Day on June 5, 2010. The celebration was held at Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta and was part of the lndonesian Environmental Week. This is an event hosted by the Ministry of Environment, and consists of exhibitions, seminars, launch of different programs, entertainment, etc.
There were over 100 participants during the EC+10 event, coming from schools (students and teachers), education practitioners and general public. The book “Memperkenalkan Keberlanjutan di Ruang Kelas (Bringing Sustainability into The Classroom)” was launched during the event. This Earth Charter guidebook for teachers was translated into Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) just prior the event. It brought the message that education is key in bringing sustainability therefore the book in Bahasa Indonesia will open a wider access to more people who expect to increase awareness and actual use of the Charter.
Before the official opening of the event, the group Komunitas Atap Alis played a blend of musical and theatrical performance. Rhythmically playing bamboo instruments, performers started chanting “my earth, your earth… our earth” repeatedly when a man painted and dressed like a tree, voiced out nature’s concerns on the horrible ways humans are treating her, and asked all the participants to care for the entire community of life on earth. In addition, several videos about the Earth Charter were played.
Following the theatrical performance, two teenagers representing Indonesian youth stepped up on stage and recited the main principles of the Charter in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
The event was officially opened by Ms Sri Hudyastuti, Assistant Minister of Environment for Economic and Poverty Eradication Affairs. Afterwards, the event continued with a lively discussion panel on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The panel was moderated by Ardina Kaidir from Madania Progressive Indonesian School, and some of the panelists were Ari Sutanti from British Council, Stien Matakupan from Sampoerna School of Education and Koen Setyawan from Jaringan Pendidikan Lingkungan ( Environmental Education Network NGO).
The discussion was opened with the question “What are some of the difficulties in implementing ESD?” Starting from the lack of teaching materials all the way to the need to reform the educational system, panelists explored the various aspects of ESD, especially in the local context. Some of the take away points were:
There is a need for more contextualized teaching materials for ESD.
Science should play a bigger role in explaining that some of natural disasters are man-made and that we are responsible to make a change.
Implementing ESD in schools entails a cultural change across the schools’ stakeholders.
Consistence and perseverance is key in advancing ESD.
Ms Sutanti also explained about the program “Climate for Classroom” run by the British Council. The program has been tested in West Sumatera, one of the 33 provinces in Indonesia. The British Council provided a handbook which will be in line with book “Memperkenalkan Keberlanjutan di Ruang Kelas”. Ms Matakupan explained about the importance of discussing environmental issues with students at Sampoerna School of Education, because these students are soon to become educators.
Having verified that the lack of more contextualized teaching materials is one of the problems in implementing ESD, a symbolic handover of the Earth Charter guidebook translation was done by Ms Rina Kusuma, from The Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (Yayasan Keanekaragaman Hayati) to the panelists, students and teachers from Laurentia School, as well as to the Indonesian Teachers Association (Persatuan Guru Seluruh Indonesia/PGRI). This symbolic act was made with the hope that spreading the vision and values of the Earth Charter will help advance ESD in Indonesia.
To close the event, the participants enjoyed another musical performance using bamboo instruments. For the organizers, including artistic expressions in the program was important because for them, ESD is not just about educating the mind, but also the heart and the artistic within, because it is where the caring for the beauty of life resides.
It starts with one, for future generations. One step taken and we move forward.
The event was supported by The Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation and the Ministry of Environment. Free copies of the book were distributed to attendants and a digital version of the translation is made available on the internet.
Special thanks to the volunteers who made this event possible:
Susy R. Sadikin, the Ministry of the Environment
Tari Menayang, comunicator
Putri Ayusha, Earth Charter Youth Group in Indonesia, Teens Go Green
Wibowo Sulistio, WiserEarth.org
Irmayani Sembiring, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Ratri Kusumohartono, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Yusuf Maulana, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Robby Suwarno Hardi, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Gita Meidita, Foundation for Sustainable Development
Indonesian Climate Smart Leaders is program dedicated to urban youth age of 15-24 with high activities in urban areas. The program purpose not only to build awareness about the important role of youth to answer the challenge of climate change but also to give youth the opportunity to directly involved and take real actions to innovate a technology and apply green lifestyle as one of the ways to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change.
What can you do to join CSL?
Be Creative! Send a proposal of your project (in forms of creative idea/product/technology/mass media use, other initiatives) concerning the effort to mitigate or adapt to climate change by applying climate-lifestyle
Be Active! The selected 24 participants with the best projects will join CSL Camp, which is a workshop designed for urban youth to learn more about leadership, sustainable development, climate change, and project management with interesting, educating, interacting, and challenging ways that will trigger the participants to think ‘out of the box’!
Do it! After joining the CSL Camp, participants will be given three months to realize/strengthen their project. CSL team will monitor the project and evaluate the ongoing project.
Inspire others! After going through the evaluation process, those with the best projects will receive the Climate Smart Leaders Award in the form of financial support. The criteria of the awards given are: Most Innovative & Inspiring Climate-Smart Project, Most Impact Made or Made Possible by Climate-Smart Project, and The Best Reach-Out Climate-Smart Project.
EC Indonesia’s network is a group of organizations whose members are trying to join efforts to promote the Earth Charter in this country.They have discussed ways to bring the Earth Charter into their own organization’s activities, but also have been thinking on collaborating in specific actions.
So far, the active members of EC Indonesia network are:Ministry of Environment (MoE), Environmental Partnership Foundation (Dana Mitra Lingkungan/DML),Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI), and Sustainable Development Foundation (YPB).
Their last meeting was on April 15 2009. In this meeting they agreed on the review the Earth Charter Indonesian website, and coordinate with the Earth Charter International Secretariat to put in online.
In addition, each organization shared their plans to implement the EC principles in their own sphere of actions. For example, MoE is planning to disseminate EC principles with their stakeholders.KEHATI will add the EC principles to KEHATI Award. And YPB is planning to conduct ‘Climate Smart Leaders’. This is a competition to find aClimate Change young leader (19-22 years old) in several major cities in Indonesia.
Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development.
The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles.