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RISE FOR CLIMATE MARCH: BORNEO
(KOTA KINABALU, SABAH) Rise for Climate March: Borneo taking place on 8th September 2018, Saturday, from 3PM to 6PM at Tanjung Aru Beach 1 is a climate change march aimed at raising community awareness on the current climate crisis, as well as the unsustainability of coastal development and reclamation.
Rise for Climate March: Borneo will be attended and supported by Save Open Space Kota Kinabalu (SOS KK), Society for Equal Rights and Trust for All (SERATA), JF Production, Persatuan Harmoni Mesra, and prominent local environmental and indigenous rights NGOs; To Earth With Love, Lightup Borneo, and PACOS.
It is one of hundreds of rallies and marches happening in conjunction with #RiseForClimate, a global climate change movement which hopes to inspire action from leaders and governments to take more drastic measures in mitigating the current climate crisis.
The march will be accompanied by musical, spoken word and participatory performances throughout. Participants can also look forward to keynote speeches from local activists and field experts. Two of several speeches to look forward to include Sabrina Melissa Aripen (SERATA) who will take on ‘Climate Issue Through a Gender Lens’, while SM Muthu (SOS KK) will be sharing a speech titled ‘The Future is the Present; A Message to Youths’.
Climate change is a foreign and distant concept for many but climate change is a real problem affecting us all right now. Inconsistent weather patterns are disrupting our daily structure and plans. Progressively rampant disease outbreaks are making us vulnerable and weak. Unpredictable occurrences of earthquakes and floods are threatening our families and our livelihood. Time is running out. And coastal development is cutting that time down even more.
Our Casuarina trees at Tanjung Aru Beach are nesting grounds for the Blue-naped parrot, a species of bird dangerously close to extinction, with less than 7,000 of them still alive in the world today. That number dwindles down even more if we lose the beach. Tanjung Aru Beach is also home to the Java sparrow, the crested-necked green pigeon, the Indo-Malayan oriental pied hornbill, and the dusky munia, a bird species endemic to the island of Borneo. If Tanjung Aru Beach is developed over, it’s unlikely that any of these birds remain.
Carbon emissions are steadily rising, bringing the global temperature up with it, and our marine ecosystems are our shields from the worst of its effects. Our natural beaches play a crucial role in mitigating climate change but coastal development reduces their ability to respond to those changes. It is for our own future and wellbeing that we must seek ways to build our economy around our natural resources, instead of over them.
For a community to be truly sustainable, it must be so in three aspects: social, environmental and economic. There is a strong need for economic growth in our community but that growth does not justify environmental and social degradation. Luxury coastal development creates both. It not only weakens our resilience to climate change but also infringes on what is meant to be a public community space.
Rise for Climate March: Borneo is organized by BENTARAKATA, an independent creative collective working with local youth to inspire fellow Sabahans to change the way they think and do things, experience and practice a lifestyle of compassion for a sustainable future. Through the use of literature, art, performance arts and film, they run a safe community space for young people to express themselves without fear of discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm. The studio is also deaf-friendly.
#RiseForClimate is a global movement mobilized by 350.org, an international environmental organization that addresses climate change issues with the primary goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 ppm from its current level of 400 ppm.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Emily Mary Chin
Media Team (English), Rise for Climate March: Borneo
+60 10-945 5049 / emily.orked[at]gmail.com
Media Team (Bahasa), Rise for Climate March: Borneo
+60 11-3156 7012 / adi.orked[at]gmail.com
Media Team (English/Chinese), Rise for Climate March: Borneo
+60 10-372 4431 / yyuenzhao[at]gmail.com
Creative Director, BENTARAKATA
+60 16-584 3906 / bentarakata[at]gmail.com