What’s really happening in indonesia
Indonesia’s unique natural environment is in conflict with the world’s demand for resources and a domestic economy driven by a growing population of 260 million — including 85 million children lacking environmental education.
Deforestation at the world’s highest rate
In Indonesia, massive tracts of rainforests the size of 132 football fields are cut down every hour. The enormous ecosystem disruption is increasing flooding and forest fires while bringing endemic species like orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos to the verge of extinction.
Pollution that poisons our food chain
Java’s Citarum River, lined by 2,000 factories, is the most polluted river in the world. Life-threatening mercury leaks into the surrounding watershed from gold mines in Papua, Sumbawa and Kalimantan. After China, Indonesia is the 2nd largest polluter of oceans with plastic, which is mistaken as food by marine animals.
Devastation of marine ecosystems
High demand for Indonesian fish leads to unsustainable overfishing. 82% of Indonesia’s coral reefs along its 17,000 islands have been damaged as a result of dynamite and cyanide fishing, trawling, bleaching and ocean acidification.
Exploitation of endangered species
Popularity of oriental medicine and demand for pets pushes already endangered species to the brink. Among these species are the Javan Hawk-eagle, Bali Starling, Slow Loris, Pangolin, Manta Ray, Whitetip Shark and Helmeted Hornbill.
Education that is lagging behind
Indonesia’s education system is one of the largest in the world and it is unable to cope with the high demand, failing to deliver knowledge on key subjects like the environment. As a result children have little understanding of the natural processes around them and no role models who promote eco-awareness.
To educate Indonesian children on the natural systems that make life on earth possible and inspire them to live sustainably.
Our vision is to fuel the development of thousands of Eco-Education Centers around the world, by empowering every single child to become a leader in the movement towards protecting the natural environment.
Eco-literacy is a powerful concept that we promote throughout our activities. It enables children to understand how ecosystems are interconnected and how they are influenced by humans. It empowers communities to identify the causes and solutions of their local environmental issues.
Find out more about our programs – The tree steps toward eco-literacy