What’s really happening in indonesia
Indonesia’s unique nature is in conflict with the world’s hunger for resources and domestic economy driven a growing population of 250 million. Including 85 million children that are lacking environmental education.
Deforestation at the world’s highest rate
In Indonesia, rainforests the size of 134 football fields are cut down every hour. Such enormous ecosystem disruption causes more frequent floods and forest fires. Indigenous inhabitants are losing their natural livelihoods. Orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and other endemic species are on 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
The lack of public libraries and role models who promote reading, along with the relatively high price of books contribute to alarming statistics: only 1 out of 1,000 Indonesians is a passionate reader. Moreover environmental education in public schools is insufficient.
1 Awakening natural intuitions of children
We believe that the most effective way to solve environmental issues in the long-term is to prevention through education. Children are the future of this planet and love for nature is innate. We inspire and lead by example - because “what children see, children do”.
2 Encouraging reading for pleasure
Studies show literacy and reading as a hobby empower children to make smarter choices in the future. It concerns environment as well as gender inequality, civic engagement, critical thinking, poverty, nutrition, birth control, malaria and many more important topics.
3 Nurturing community eco champions
Thousands of children and their families, from more than 60 locations, inspired through our eco-literacy program have been spreading acquired sustainable practices in their communities. Adults, often stuck in rushed consumption lifestyles, can also learn from the offsprings and become the agents of positive change.
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