Like most cities in Indonesia, Semarang, along with the surrounding Semarang Regency, are facing waste management problems. While Semarang has received Adipura (i.e. an award given to cities which are successful in managing their cleanliness), the city is still facing great challenge to manage waste. Each day, Semarang produces 1000-tonnes of waste, while only 15% of it has been self-managed by the community. This has motivated Reanes Putra Tito Magarwi to initiate a startup company called Sampah Muda.
Climate change is clearly happening, and it is undeniable that humans play a big role in speeding up the phenomenon. Is there anything that we can do to better translate climate resilience into practice?
Start with a story if you can. Imagine you are excitedly telling your next-door neighbour or your cousin about something really interesting that’s happened in your project. You have just a minute or two to do it, and that they are completely unfamiliar with the project. How would you start?
How many of us grew up playing the Snakes and Ladders game as kids?
The gathering of family around the colorful board, the rush of joy we got when climbing a ladder, and the disappointment when we got bitten by a snake, are memories that we always cherish.
Today, this age-old game is being used by Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) - an NGO that aims to improve the habitat conditions of poor women in the informal sector - to impart messages on climate change, its adverse effects, and building climate resilience.
Understanding better how women are affected by disasters, economic shocks and other crises is key to helping their communities ride out pressures including climate change, a top resilience expert says.
But putting them in the driver's seat to deal with the problems is equally crucial, she said.
Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, senior associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation, said women are often resourceful in finding ways for their families to bounce back from disasters.