Saturday, June 5, 2010

Indonesia, Greenpeace and Carbon Gas Emission

For many years, developed  countries like the U.S.A, Britain, Japan, have been blaming deforestation in Indonesia as one of the major cause of the increase of Carbon Gas Emission in the world

Beside that, environmental activists like Greenpeace have also been blaming and successfully forced foreign buyers i.e. Unilever and Nestle, to stop buying from an Indonesian palm oil manufacturer that have been  suspected of destroying forest. 

Basically, I strongly oppose massive deforestation in Indonesia, because many of them were done illegally, causing natural disasters like frequent floods, landslides, and destroying the habitat of endangered species e.g Orangutan, Tigers, in Indonesia. Therefore I agree that such deforestation must be stopped or at least minimized.

However, I do not agree if Indonesia is lamed as a major producer of the world's Carbon Emission. As a matter of fact I strongly believed that those developed countries with their advanced industrial and other activities surely caused much larger Carbon Gas Emission, than deforestation in Indonesia.

Considering the above, I hope that Greenpeace would be fair by also paying more attention on Carbon Gas Emission in those developed countries. Especially that Indonesia has voluntarily promised to reduce 26% Carbon Gas Emission by 2020 and plan to stop new forestry license.

Related articles:
- Greenpeace Urges Indonesia to Broaden Forest Moratorium (Kompas)
- Cancellation of Forestry Permits (Multibrand)
   

14 comments:

hot men of asia said...

With what happened to the Copenhagen Summit, it will worsen the condition of the global CO2 gas emission. I believe the convention was more of a political and economic move than for an environmental cause.

H. Nizam said...

Hot Men of Asia,
I think you are right. Developed countries are trying to maintain hegemony over other countries.
Thank you for your visit and comment.

Yari NK said...

The developping countries are not the only sources of carbon and greenhouse gas emission. The developped countries are also responsible for increasing greenhouse emission.

It is not fair if the developping countries are the only parties to blame. Deforestation of course it must be stopped once and for all especially if it endangers the fauna that lives therein, but carbon emissions from the rapid industrialisation in the developped countries must also be controlled. So it will more effectively hamper the rise of global temperature....

H. Nizam said...

Hi Yari,
You are very right my friend.
Developed countries cannot treat Indonesia as a scape goat for the increase in carbon and green house gas emission.

colson said...

You are right about the relative "guilt". Carbon dioxide is where the action is (was) - the industrialized, oil-addicted Western societies.

I don't agree with you however about biased criticism by Greenpeace ( and maybe other green activists).

Ever since the sixties the Western governments and companies have been targeted. Especially since the Club of Rome published "The limits to Growth" ( 1972). In the meantime a strong and widespread network of 'green organizations have developed in both the US and especially in Europe. And results have been accomplished too - after many years of lobbying, publicity and actions which targeted Western governments ; rivers are pretty clean now, the air pollution has been dramatically diminished, the banishing of CFCs and halons to repair Ozon depletion have been successful etc. Environment is vested in the institutions by now. Actually in several European countries the activists have representativeds in Parliament - I for one am a member of the Dutch Green-Left Party.

It is only relatively recently attention has been turned to emerging nations also- and it's high time I guess. The rapid industrialisation of China, Brazil and India is great for the countries, but a huge threat to the global climate. And so is the rapid destruction of the jungles in the Amazon area and in the Indonesian archipelago - these are the lungs of our wordlwide eco-system.

So I do think Greenpeace and other should keep going in the West like they have done over half a century now- and step up their activities in emerging countries.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it. Please understand that I am also against massive destruction of forests that has been going on for many years. Kalimantan /Borneo is the worst case, Sumatera Sulawesi, Papua will follow if deforestation keep going on.
To a certain extend, I agree that Indonesia should be "pressured" from outside so that it would not destroy forests.
Developed countries tend too be very pushy in asking us to save the world's "lung", while actually their industries have been producing carbon and greenhouse gas emission for many decades.
I hope that Greenpeace would be balanced in this case.

I am ekiM said...

These first world countries, they make it seem as if they really care by scolding other smaller countries when in fact their the ones doing more damage. They should pay more attention in their territory and make sure everyone complies before they go nagging on other countries.

H. Nizam said...

I am ekiM,
Greenpeace should pay more attention to natural destruction caused by the developed countries first before pressuring developing countries.

Herdoni Wahyono said...

Earth becomes an integrated human habitation. We are concerned with the destruction of forests in Indonesia. Need a real step from the Indonesian government in overcoming these problems.

H. Nizam said...

Herdoni,
Although foreign pressure, including by Greenpeace, would force our govt to maintain forest and start plant tree massively, but such pressure is not good if Greenpeace do not pressure developed countries as strong as they have done to us.

bert972 said...

jalan jalan aja...

H. Nizam said...

Bert972,
Selamat datang

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

China, Russia and America need to answer a few hard questions concerning polution and then the emerging asian countries.

The recent Copenhagen summit was captured by so-called developing countries and wrecked!

Peter

H. Nizam said...

Peter,
All countries in the world have understood that we are all facing the same threat = global warming caused by sharp increase of carbon and greenhouse gas emission. Now the should make effort to understand the best way for all. Not easy but it can be done if all parties are willing to respect each other and "give and take".