January’s latest and greatest reads on deforestation, global health, and everything in between.
1. "How one conservationist is sparking a 'young revolution' in Indonesia" by Joshua Parfitt at Mongabay
Pungky Nanda Pratama of the NGO, Animals Indonesia, is teaching environmental education to elementary school students in Sumatra - a very similar approach to our ASRI Kids program in Borneo. He works with five schools in the region, taking them outside to teach a curriculum that covers more than 20 different topic areas in conservation. The ultimate goal of this program, which currently reaches 130 children, is to "counter the destructive practices that threaten the health of Kerinci Seblat National Park - the largest park on the island of Sumatra, with the highest population of tigers." It's incredibly encouraging to see young people like Pungky bringing conservation education to their communities - as he says, "these children hold the future of the forest in their hands."
2. "The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict" by Justin Farrell
Recommended by HIH's Research Director, Bethany Kois, "Farrell argues that environmental disputes aren't just about scientific, economic, legal, or other technical evidence, but that competing moral narratives play a significant role in how people value locations of natural beauty and, ultimately, define why people value one place over another place. The book prompted me to think about the government, corporate, and community conflict over natural resources in Indonesia: how do competing moral narratives impact actions taken in Gunung Palung National Park elsewhere in Indonesia? Why is it that evidence detailing the global health dangers of forest degradation cannot seem to stop the destruction? How can we make this evidence meaningful to the institutions that have the power to create change? Pick it up if you have the chance!"
3. "Protecting Indonesia's forests, one doctor's appointment at a time" by Carolyn Beeler at PRI The World
Last year, reporter Carolyn Beeler visited our partner Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) in Sukadana, and documented our programs as part of PRI The World's Fighting for Forests series. Click to listen to the radio story, which includes an interview with our Founder, Dr. Kinari Webb. To read more stories from the series, click here.