Solar Generation call for an Energy Revolution on Earth Day

Feature story - April 22, 2009
Greenpeace youth group, ‘Solar Generation, today called for a revolution in the way Indonesia produces and uses energy, at the launch of their “Smart Power’ event in Bandung.

"We are here today as representatives of Indonesia's young people, to encourage government, industry and young people to work together to address climate change. Indonesia's youth will have to live with the results of inaction, if measures are not taken urgently to switch investment from polluting fuels like oil and coal to clean and renewable energy sources like geothermal, wind and solar energy, as well as implementing large energy efficiency programmes across the country, then we will add considerably to our already high greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation." said Galih, Solar Generation Indonesia Coordinator.

Solar Generation also used the Bandung event to launch a pilot of their initiative to design environmental courses for junior and high school curricula. Through the project, Solar Generation aims to increase awareness of the young generation to take action by introducing energy efficiency programmes in their schools.

Greenpeace has been challenging President Yudhoyono to urge him to take action to address climate change by cutting Indonesia's greenhouse gas emissions, most of which come from deforestation, but with growth projected in emissions from coal fired power generation, Solar Generation warned that Indonesia will soon outpace its own record as the world's third largest greenhouse gas contributor.

This year will be significant for many reasons. It is election year for Indonesia, with Parliamentary elections just finished in April, and the Presidential election in September and urgent recovery measures will be continuing to ease the global financial crisis. Most importantly, it is the year in which the international community, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, must agree on urgent and dramatic action to avert the looming climate disaster and define the path toward a more sustainable, more survivable future. Strong leadership from developed countries and partnership with large developing nations such as Indonesia, are essential to reaching an agreement in Copenhagen. Solar generation is urging President Yudhoyono to demonstrate that leadership.

"Greenpeace and Solar generation is calling upon Indonesia's youth to call for a deeper collaboration between the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, to create a new development model that meets energy demands, moves Indonesia away from coal, and generates millions of green jobs without sacrificing human health or the environment", concluded Arif Fiyanto, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy campaigner.

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