First Greenpeace University graduates are an investment in Indonesia’s future

Press release - September 3, 2009
Greenpeace today hosted the graduation ceremony of its first official training programme in Asia called the Greenpeace University. At the ceremony, the international environmental campaigning organisation outlined the inspiration behind the Greenpeace University and the first batch of graduates shared their thoughts and personal experiences on the program.

Greenpeace hosted the graduation ceremony of its first official training programme in Asia called the Greenpeace University. At the ceremony, the organisation outlined the inspiration behind the Greenpeace University and the first batch of graduates shared their thoughts and personal experiences on the program.

A three-month modular programme has resulted in the graduation of a unique mix of six high-calibre, passionate young Indonesians from different parts of the country, with a diversity of backgrounds. The University opened its doors to the six successful scholars on 15 June 2009. The 3-month long action-filled, hands-on training programme has provided the aspiring young activists the skills they need to become effective environmental campaigners. The programme was hosted at Greenpeace's headquarters in Jakarta.  

"With the spectre of climate change looming in our midst, the well-being of the planet depends more than ever on the success of campaigns to stop abuses against the environment. We hope that through this programme, we have contributed to the meaningful aspirations of these students to be instruments of change", said Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Students have been exposed to all major aspects of Greenpeace operations, including campaigning, research, communications, action training and fundraising. The programme was designed to be a good mix of theory and practice, with a combination of input from internal and external resource persons, experiential learning through workshops and actual work placements, with students being treated as interns in real Greenpeace campaign settings. Students have also been required to develop and/or participate in projects that helped advance Greenpeace's campaign objectives in Indonesia.

 

 "This program has helped me understand how to build an effective campaign and everything that is needed to support it in the long-term. I feel like I have also learned a lot on how to maximise the internal resources of Greenpeace and I now realise the great potential for people outside the organisation to help constructively", said Hani, one of the graduates.

Greenpeace's campaigns in Indonesia are part of the organisation's global fight to address runaway climate change. The aim of Greenpeace's campaigns in Indonesia is to drastically cut the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia is the world's third largest emitter mainly due to its massive deforestation rates, but is also acknowledged to be one of the countries most vulnerable to sea-level rise, droughts, floods and falling agricultural production.

We, the GPU students - coming from different backgrounds, holding on to different perspectives and moving towards different directions - came here together for one aim: we want to make a change.  We are very grateful for the opportunity that Greenpeace has provided us with.  Hopefully, in the future whether we are working alongside Greenpeace or standing on our own, we will make everyone proud of our work in reaching Greenpeace's vision: To ensure the stability of the Earth and to nurture life in all its diversity", said another graduate, Lalit.

The battle against climate change can be won in Indonesia through campaigns that seek to achieve 'Zero Deforestation' in the country by 2020 and the mainstreaming of an 'Energy Revolution' which seeks to move the country away from reliance on polluting fossil fuels like coal and oil, towards clean renewable energy sources such as geothermal, wind, solar and biomass, combined with energy efficiency programmes.

"With the Greenpeace University, the organisation is investing in Indonesia's future by helping to shape the next generation of talented, committed leaders and activists who will help ensure that Indonesia chooses the right development path", concluded Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Country Representative, Indonesia.

Greenpeace is an independent, global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment, and to promote peace.

Other contacts: Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Country Representative, Indonesia, tel: +62 812 997 2642 Von Hernandez, Executive Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia (In Manila), tel +63 917 5263 050 Hikmat Soeritanuwijaya, Media Campaigner - Greenpeace Southeast Asia, +62 818 930 271