Indonesian Forest Fires Force Evacuation

30 year old Suryadi, with his two sons Abdul Rahman (5) and Abdul Hamid (1), describes the moment forest fires creeped up to his house:

“It began with the small fires from one concession on Pemuda Street, about hundred meters from here. I don’t know who owns the concession. But all I know is the fires were spreading rapidly. It was understandable because the weather was very hot and the wind blew very strongly. In one day, the fires were spreading everywhere, including to the farm behind my house so I decided to evacuate my family.”

“I don’t have any farm or concession,” Suryadi explained. But the fires made Suryadi unable to work. Suryadi and around 100 people in the village, earn a living by working for the palm oil concession. “I earned about 70 thousand rupiah per days. Now, I just wait for the concession to replant their farm.”

An abandoned house nearby the area destroyed by the recent forest fires, in Bengkalis, Riau Province, Indonesia.

Categories

The latest updates

Show thumb view  

Protest At The Brandenburg Gate

Image | April 13, 2014 at 13:49

Greenpeace activists hold and display globe placards bearing messages in six different languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish) in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The messages read: "Clean Energy Now!” and...

P&G commits to No Deforestation

Slideshow | April 8, 2014

Civil Society Groups Call for Climate Action

Image | March 31, 2014 at 10:55

Representatives from international civil society groups Friends of the Earth GCCA, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF, plus Japanese groups Kiko Network and CASA, call for world leaders to take action against climate change. The UN's Intergovernmental...

Procter & Gamble Protest in Philippines

Image | March 28, 2014 at 16:11

Greenpeace Philippines activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna, South of Manila. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how P&G has wiped out their...

Greenpeace Sends Climate SOS Ahead Of IPCC Meeting

Image | March 24, 2014 at 13:59

Highlighting the cause of climate change and the solution to the unfolding crisis, Greenpeace urged for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels and an accelerated clean energy revolution.

1 - 5 of 5567 results.