MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, JAKARTA – Muhammadiyah collaborates with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF) to establish 20,000 climate villages across Indonesia.
“Our goal is to create 20,000 climate villages. 4,218 villages have currently registered for the Climate Village Program (CVP). The number is expected to increase since Muhammadiyah branches exist across Indonesia,” said the Director General of Social Forestry and Environmental Partnership at MOEF Bambang Supriyanto in the conference and national meeting (Rakernas) of the Muhammadiyah Council for Environmental Preservation at the Grand Sahid Hotel Jakarta on Friday (August 18).
Besides, both parties collaborate in two other fields: the restoration of mangrove forests through social forestry programs and promotion of eco-friendly practices in Muhammadiyah schools.
“Mangrove plants excel at absorbing carbon dioxide, outperforming terrestrial plants by 6 to 10 times. Our goal is to restore mangroves through community collaboration since Indonesia has 3,364,076 hectares of mangroves,” said Bambang.
Regarding promoting eco-friendly practices in Muhammadiyah schools, the collaboration emphasizes meaningful actions such as water conservation, implementing the 3R principles (reduce, reuse, recycle), and encouraging public transportation use.
“The third collaboration focuses on educational institutions as Muhammadiyah possesses remarkable educational institutions from primary schools to higher education,” said Bambang.
The MOEF strongly supports Muhammadiyah’s ecological initiatives and hopes the collaboration will contribute significantly to addressing the ongoing climate changes.
“Furthermore, we encourage Muhammadiyah to advocate the adoption of renewable energy sources, such as electric vehicles,” said Bambang.