Jakarta, Indonesia: DKI Jakarta, in coordination with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (SEAS)- Yayasan Indonesia facilitated consultations with the youth and religious sector on the 7th and 14th of February to discuss the sectors’ active role towards promoting low emission development.
The city government of the DKI Jakarta vowed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 30% in 2030. Priority sectors for emission reduction include transportation, solid waste management, and energy.
DKI Jakarta has formulated a short-term plan to be implemented in the next two years. The plan lists down strategies and activities to support the GHG reduction goal, namely: encouraging the use of public transportation by 2020 (at least 38% of citizens in Jakarta has switched from private to public transportation; reducing energy consumption by 10% from Business as Usual (BaU) especially by high-rise buildings, hospitals, schools, and others; and decreasing the waste in Bantar Gebang landfill by 20% by 2020.
Aside from these priority sectors, the city also identified priority stakeholders to engage in its programs and strategies to promoted LEDS. The city is looking to leverage the engagement and support of the youth, business sector, and the religious groups to reach their mitigation goals and promote sustainability in DKI Jakarta.
These objectives and strategies will form DKI Jakarta’s City Promise—an overall mitigation goal which is developed and implemented with the support and engagement of stakeholders.
The role of the youth as stewards of the planet’s future
On 7 February 2019, 50 representatives of the children, youth, and educators gathered at the DKI Jakarta City Hall to voice out their insights and feedback regarding the city’s goals and strategies towards LEDS.
Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta for Spatial Planning and Environment Mr. Oswar Mungkasa expressed the city’s appreciation for this sector’s support and cooperation, “Children and youth are the agents of change that will determine the future of the earth. For this reason, they must be actively involved in the addressing climate change.”
The children and youth are eagerly interested to take part in support DKI Jakarta’s effort for low emission. They are calling for a particular platform that will enable their continuous participation in the future. In the discussion regarding the pilot project, schools expressed their interest to learn more on simple waste-to-energy activities that can be applicable to schools.
Religious leaders and their influence in promoting a sustainable lifestyle
As one of the priority stakeholders, DKI Jakarta made sure to consult with the religious sector as well regarding their thoughts about addressing climate change and promoting sustainability.
On 14 February 2019, a public consultation for the religious sector was conducted at the DKI Jakarta City Hall. At least 41 participants from Indonesia’s six official religious groups attended the event. These representatives of the religious sector firmly committed to support concrete actions to reduce 30% emission in DKI Jakarta by 2030.
Highlighting the importance of engaging with this sector, Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia Country Manager Gina Karina stated, “Understanding that all religions teaches caring for God’s creation opens the door of collaborative action for our common home. With the participation of the religious sector, we set a path where religion holds an important role in reaching our target GHG emissions reduction goal.”
Concrete activities were proposed to support the city’s GHG reduction goal. For instance, each house of worship committed to implement a green building concept, i.e., promotion of energy efficiency and conservation, exploring renewable energy, saving water and rainwater harvesting, reducing the use of plastic and candle lights, and others. The religious leaders also promised to explore the possibility of developing modules and preaching materials that tackle climate change and how citizens can address it at their level. Lastly, the leaders will look into a cross-religious campaign to call for a greater and wider action to combat climate change.