Contributor: Hamad Shoukat | Editor: Supriyono
UIII.AC.ID, DEPOK - Wahyu Wulandari, an MA student in Political Science at Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) has contributed to the discourse development on climate change as she presented her research paper at the International Studies Association-Global South Caucus 2023 Conference at Thammasat University Bangkok, Thailand.
The conference, known for attracting top-tier scholars and researchers, provided an ideal platform for Wulandari to delve into the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on Indonesian territories, particularly in a village of coastal settings.
Wulandari's research titled "Greenpeace Indonesia's Open Donation Strategy in Increasing Participation on Climate Change Issues in Timbulsloko Village" explores the phenomenon of Greenpeace's open donations for seaside flood victims in Timbulsloko Village, emphasizing the organization's proactive steps in addressing climate change issues in Indonesia.
The study aims to dissect the motivations behind Greenpeace's donation campaign, with a specific focus on increasing community participation and awareness. Wulandari's exploration of Timbulsloko Village, a community grappling with the adverse effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and coastal erosion, reveals the intricate challenges faced by its residents.
Through a case study methodology, Wulandari brings attention to the struggles of the village, where once fertile rice fields have transformed into submerged ponds, impacting not only agriculture but also the daily lives of the villagers. “Rising sea levels have not only submerged agricultural lands and residential areas but have also led to the decline of land in the coastal area.
The detrimental impact on the villagers' daily lives, hindering activities and mobility, paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by Timbulsloko residents,” Wulandari explained.
The research sheds light on Greenpeace Indonesia's multifaceted strategies, including independent campaigns, creative communication, lobbying, research, grassroots organizing, and open donations. It argues that Greenpeace's open donation initiative is a strategic move to involve the community directly in mitigation and recovery efforts, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for climate change impacts.
“Greenpeace's decision to open donations for the Timbulsloko community aligns with its mission as an international environmental NGO,” Wulandari said, highlighting that Greenpeace aims to increase public awareness of the real impacts of climate change by directly involving communities in mitigation and recovery efforts.
Wulandari's participation in the International Studies Association-Global South Caucus Conference is a testament to the university's emphasis on research, critical thinking, and addressing real-world challenges. The multicultural environment at UIII provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about diverse cultures and contribute meaningfully to global discussions.