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United Voices of Indonesia, sing to fight climate change

The United Voices of Indonesia perform Dunia Berbagilah (World Let’s Share). Photo Rully Prayoga/OxfamIndonesia’s Minister for Environment, Rahmat Witoelar, joined Oxfam’s Ari Margiono and songwriter Nugie, in Jakarta, to officially launch the song “Dunia Berbagilah (World Let’s Share).”

The song was written by renowned Indonesian musician Nugie, and performed by “The United Voices of Indonesia”, a special one-off grouping of Indonesia’s 50 top singers, musicians and performers.

Nugie wrote the song, as he wanted to inspire and motivate people to work together to tackle climate change, and to raise awareness about the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference.

The launch was lively and well attended by journalists, who were treated to a live performance of the song and saw videos that Oxfam has produced with the people of the Indonesia island of Tanimbar. In the videos villagers of Tanimbar discussed how they have already been affected by changing weather patterns, and what they have had to in their communities and lives to adapt to them.

Listen to Dunia Berbagilah (World Let’s Share) as a MP3 and read the English translation of the lyrics


November 29, 2007 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Changing weather, fewer crops – a farmer’s story

Mr Lauser Vaulu, a farmer from Tanimbar in Indonesia talks about the changes in weather patterns he has noticed and the impact they have had on production of food.

Next week, Oxfam will be at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali,
Indonesia, to make sure that the impacts of climate change on poor communities and countries, are at the heart of discussions by delegates, as they work on a new global
deal on how to tackle Climate Change.

Stay up to date with all of our latest news from Oxfam at the conference by subscribing or returning to this blog.

November 28, 2007 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Up in Smoke? Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific region

Oxfam is just one of the 35 development and environment organisations, who have worked together to produce “Up in Smoke” – a series of reports looking at the impacts of Climate Change on development. The fifth report in the series has just been launched, with a foreword from R K Pachauri, PH.D, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and focuses on the Asia Pacific region.

Countries in this region make up 60 percent of the world’s population, half of which live near coastal areas, making them very vulnerable to rises in the sea levels and other changes in climate. The report shows that the impacts of Climate Change are not just limited to the environment, but also have the capacity to reverse the gains, that many countries in the region have made in reducing poverty. Whilst looking at the challenges faced in the Asia-Pacific region, “Up in Smoke? Asia-Pacific” also looks at the positive measures being taken by governments, civil society and the public, to reduce the causes of climate change and to overcome its effects.

Read a summary of the report on Oxfam International’s website or download the full report as a PDF.

Just days before the Asia “Up in Smoke” report were released, one of the most vulnerable countries in the region was hit by a severe cyclone.

As Oxfam International’s, Bert Maerten noted when he said, “Bangladesh features prominently in the report as a country where millions of poor people, etching out a living on farmlands and coastal areas, are already bearing the brunt of man-made climate change. While cyclones of this magnitude reveal the extreme vulnerability of poor communities, the ongoing erratic weather conditions experienced the world over mean a daily struggle for the millions of poor people who rely on the land and sea for their survival. Oxfam wants to see governments taking both mitigation and adaptation efforts seriously now and in the future.”

November 19, 2007 at 7:09 pm Leave a comment

Climate Conference inspires a song

Popular Indonesian Musican NugiePopular musician and entertainer Nugie, has had a long involvement in promoting environmental issues in his home country of Indonesia. After a recent meeting with Oxfam staff about the current and potential impacts of climate change on people living in poverty, Nugie wrote and recorded the song “World, Let’s Share Together” to raise the profile of Climate Change, in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia in December.

Not satisfied with recording the song by himself, Nugie, has gathered more than 60 top Indonesian musicians and singers, to take part in a new version and video of “World, Lets Share Together”. Please listen to Nugie’s amazing song and read the English tranlsation below.

We are proud to work with Nugie on this great song and can’t wait to see the finished video.

World, Let’s Share Together

Look around you, water is fading to nowhere

Does it move your heart?

Look around you, empty eyes of hunger

Does it touch your soul?

While we are here, too greedy to consume without knowing the limit

Look around you, green forest is turning into desert

Does it touch your heart?

Look around you, they shattered to survive

Does it pound your heart?

While we have everything here,

Can we survive if we start act now

Share with the burning Earth, Earth Need us

Share with the Earth Every little thing will be felt

Share with the world

Open your eyes and heart to share

Let’s share

Reach your hands, never doubt my friend

the world is calling for us to act for Our Earth

For the sake of life we live once, for our one Earth

November 15, 2007 at 4:16 pm 6 comments

Riding 1447 kilometers to Fight Climate Poverty

Indonesia’s “Bike for Earth” cyclists get ready to ride to Fight Climate Poverty. Photos Ari Margiono/OxfamThe Indonesian President, Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, officially launched Bicycle for Earth Goes to Bali” on November 11 in the capital city of Jakarta.

The President and the First Lady also took part in the first stage of the ride along with, Indonesian government ministers, celebrities, members of the public and of course the official Bicycle for Earth Goes to Bali team of 50 riders. View a slide show of more images from the launch of the ride.

The team will cover 1447 kilometers (899 miles) in 23 days and visit 44 Indonesian cities to raise awareness amongst the Indonesian public, on how riding a bicycle for transport can help fight climate change. The cyclists end their ride in Nusa Dua, Bali, to coincide with the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference on December 3.

Oxfam is just one of the organizations supporting this ride and we think it shows how a combination of personal and government action is needed to combat Climate Change and its impacts. We wish the cyclists well and will be welcoming them when they finish their ride in Nusa Dua.

A team of Oxfam campaginers will be blogging with the latest updates from the bike ride and lots of other news from the United Nations Climate Change Conference over the next 4 weeks, so keep coming back for more news or subscribe to our special Climate Change news feed.

November 14, 2007 at 2:01 pm 3 comments

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