Between September 20 and 22, 2019, various actions were organized in Southeast Asia to support the Climate Change Strike. One of the objectives of the global strike was to mobilize young people and pressure the world leaders who were to meet at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.
Protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various problems such as the impact of large-scale mining, fog pollution and continued dependence on fossil fuels. As in other parts of the world, climate strikes in Southeast Asia had the active participation and leadership of young people.
We present a summary of protest activities in Southeast Asia:
Myanmar protesters demand climate emergency declaration
On September 21, more than 200 people marched from the new Bogyoke market to the Sule Pagoda, and then gathered at the Mahabandoola Park in Rangoon. They urged the Government of Myanmar to declare a climate emergency and impose a moratorium on projects that harm the environment, and promote environmental justice.
Filipino activists call for climate justice
In Manila, on September 20, more than 600 young environmentalists participated in a human formation of the Earth while carrying posters calling for climate justice. They denounced the growing number of extrajudicial deaths of environmental defenders and land rights activists in the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, who came to power in 2016.
They asked Thailand to stop building coal plants
More than 150 young environmentalists held a protest in which participants pretend to be dead in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand on September 20. They sent a petition asking the government to phase out coal and make a transition to renewable energy. A government official received the document and praised young people's concern for the environment.
They press Malaysia to act against fog pollution
More than 300 people joined the protest organized by Klima Action Malaysia on September 21. They related the increasingly bad fog pollution to the climate crisis and asked the Government to investigate the companies responsible for financing land deforestation in Malaysia and Indonesia.
– Farhan (@lamkanahraf) September 21, 2019
My climate strike – Malaysians march in solidarity with the global climate strike movement.
my heart is full and content seeing so many people from all walks of life fight for climate justice but am i satisfied? am i comfortable? no. This is not enough. we want change. We want climate justice. and we want it RIGHT NOW. #MYClimateStrike #ClimateAction #daruratiklim pic.twitter.com/t3SQgyMO7D
– kitsch (@nightlockheart) September 21, 2019
My heart is happy to see so many people from all walks of life fighting for climate justice, but am I satisfied? I'm comfortable? No. This is not enough, we want change. We want climate justice, and we want it NOW. My climate strike. Climate action.
Stop forest fires in Indonesia
Reports indicated that more than a thousand young people marched in Jakarta on September 20. They criticized the government's ruling to stop forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan that caused massive fog pollution not only in Indonesia, but also in Malaysia and Singapore. The expansion of plantations and illegal land conversions are blamed for forest fires in the country.
Jakarta’s #ClimateStrike is being led by the powerful voices of young people calling for fighting climate emergency & putting pressure on policy makers to act on climate issue
It’s not just that we need to listen to the voices of youth, it’s because the voices of youth matter pic.twitter.com/XHHf0pQzLB
– Luqman Hakim (@luqmanomen) September 20, 2019
The Jakarta climate strike is led by the powerful voices of young people who ask to fight for the climate emergency and put pressure on those who make the decisions to take action against the climate problem.
It is not just that we should listen to the voice of youth, it is because the voices of young people matter.
we’re marching together with our posters and our heart to raise this awareness. WE SHOULD ACT! GOVERNORS SHOULD ACT! PEOPLE IN POWER SHOULD LISTEN AND ACT!#JakartaClimateStrike #JedaUntukIklim #ClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/UsEvEpnKRD
– Liz (@pixiefies) September 20, 2019
We march together with our posters and our hearts to raise awareness. WE MUST ACT! THE GOVERNORS MUST ACT! PEOPLE IN POWER MUST LISTEN AND ACT!
They ask Singapore to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Singapore had a large turnout during its climate strike on September 21 at Hong Lim Park. Approximately 2000 people joined the request to the Government to make its economy free of coal and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The participants dressed in red to symbolize the climatic emergency we face today.
– Charlotte Setijadi (@charlie_set) September 21, 2019
Hello from Singapore!
From yesterday's #sgclimaterally, photos taken by my friends. Organisers (and cynical hannah) expected 500 people to turn up – 2000 Singaporeans said fuck you haze and showed up. Feeling proud to be Singaporean today pic.twitter.com/BDsb2t4yJu
– Hannah Koh (@hh_koh) September 22, 2019
Photos of yesterday's weather demonstration taken by my friends. The organizers (and the cynical Hannah) expected 500 people to attend – 2000 Singaporeans said the shit and went. I am proud to be Singaporean today.
Vietnamese activists challenge risks and protest in Ho Chi Minh City
And finally, environmental activists in Vietnam organized a climate protest in Ho Chi Minh City despite the political risk of that action.
For the first time ever, people of Ho Chi Minh City took to the street to join the #ClimateStrike, to demand serious and urgent #climateaction needed for their city which is among the most impacted, threatened by both sea level rise and air pollution. #climatestrikehcmc pic.twitter.com/bstDXAjZUg
– Hong Hoang (@ honghoang2tweet) September 24, 2019
For the first time, people from Ho Chi Minh City took the streets to join the climate strike to demand serious and urgent climate action necessary for their city, which is among the most impacted, threatened by sea level rise and air pollution .