Post-R20 Climate Action: What Can We Learn from Indonesian Muslim Environmentalism?
By Aninda Dewayanti
November 18, 2022
Activist groups in Indonesia inspired by Islamic and pro-environment ideas have the potential to do more to address climate change problems, provided those in charge will stop and listen, and perhaps even collaborate.
The Religion of Twenty or “R20” conference was recently held in Bali as a precursor to the G20 Leaders’ Summit (15-16 November 2022), initiated by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Chairman Yahya Cholil Staquf. Echoing the NU chairman’s vision, the R20’s general chair Dr Ahmad Suaedy claimed that religion could be the solution to global problems, including the climate crisis. A critic argued that the R20 forum was problematic, however, as it excluded Indonesian Muslim environmentalists and the actual victims of environmental damage from the discussion.