In spirit of earth day on Friday 22 April 2016, Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) together with various partners and artist launch movement called Hutan Itu Indonesia (Forest is Indonesia). This is an open-based movement for anyone who concern or would like to participate in campaign to emphasize the importance of protecting Indonesia forest. Series of If Not Us Then Who movies are screened in front of audience that mainly urban youth who’s live and work around Jakarta. Students from three university in Jakarta also invited to act together supporting this movement.
The fact that even with such wealth, Indonesia forests have taken a back seat in people’s minds as urbanization accelerates and more than half of the population living in Java, where only very little forests are left. A 2015 study found that although 57% of urban consumers understand plantations often replace forests, less than 5% of respondents pointed at forest loss as a negative consequence of oil palm development. Some respondents even suggest that one of the positive impacts of oil palm plantations is they “regreen” areas. This indicates that consumers lack a full understanding on the environmental and social benefits that forests provide and consider any areas with trees, such as plantations, to be just as valuable as forests, despite the lack of biodiversity, carbon, hydrological functions, and cultural heritage in monoculture plantations.
“It seems that forests are out of sight, out of mind.” said Leony Aurora as the coordinator of this campaign. This campaign is aimed to raise awareness on the value of forests for all of us– not just those who living around them – and secure a special place in our hearts is critical if we want to preserve this wealth and legacy. “Therefore forests need to reclaim their position as part of the identity of Indonesia,” she added.
Hutan Itu Indonesia launching session in f(x) Sudirman conducted with the cooperation of UNDP Indonesia, Kompas TV, CCAI, iRadio, Cosmopolitan FM, Kinanthi, WWF-Indonesia, IDOEP, and Green Indonesia. Variety of activities overseen by this movement launching event, from forest film festival screening, poetry reading, talkshows, and music performances from artist such as; Melanie Subono, Astrid, and Float. Government representation from Ministry of Forestry also attend this launching event with a form of welcoming gesture and commitment to work together in protecting Indonesia forest through youth goes to national park programs.
The first year objective of this movement is to launch Youth-to-Youth provincial campaign. The daily taskforce of the movement will create concrete strategies to host other awareness-based events such as forest preservation activities and community market in and outside the forest. This movement might not be magic from heaven that can heal the devastation of deforestation in Indonesia, but with an optimist hope that this movement will be a significant silver lining of progress in community level in regards to commitment of protecting Indonesia forest. ***
More information about Hutan Itu Indonesia: www.hutanitu.id