Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 13:43 WIB

BMKG Urges Public to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

Dwikorita Karnawati, Head of BMKG (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has invited the public to actively participate in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati said residents could play a role in mitigation by doing seemingly trivial things such as reducing the use of plastic waste, limiting the use of motorized vehicles, starting to switch to public transportation facilities, saving electricity and water use and planting trees. These seemingly simple things, according to him, will have a major impact in an effort to prevent the adverse effects of climate change.

In addition, he continued, also always pay attention to weather conditions or climate in every day activities, maintain transportation safety both land, air, and shipping and determine the pattern of planting for farmers or catch the fishermen.

"Extreme climate change is a problem faced by every country regardless of territorial boundaries. Every country must feel the bad effects," said Dwikorita, as stated in a written statement that Netralnews received on Sunday (03/24/2019).

Climate change, said Dwikorita, triggered various disasters such as floods, droughts, landslides, high waves, and increased sea levels. These natural disasters can cause fatalities as well as economic and ecological losses that are not small.

Not to mention, he added, the continued impact that also could not be seen as trivial as the spread of various diseases that led to death. Therefore, according to him, joint mitigation efforts are needed to prevent the negative impacts of climate change.

The statement was delivered by Dwikorita at the Commemoration of the 2019 World Meteorological Day with the theme "The Sun, The Earth, The Weather", which was later translated nationally into "Sun, Earth, Weather for Safety and Well-Being".

Dwikorita said that the theme was raised with the eyes of the world on the issue of the impact of climate change which increasingly increased the frequency of disasters, especially hydrometeorological disasters, and the need for climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts for the welfare of the community.

Every year, March 23 is celebrated as the World Meteorological Day because on the same date in 1950 a body specializing in the field of Meteorology under the auspices of the United Nations was named the World Meteorological Organization was formed.

WMO is an intergovernmental organization with membership of 186 member countries and 6 territorial members. Indonesia became a member of WMO on November 16, 1950 and is in the Southwest Pacific V region. WMO plays an important role in maintaining public safety and security, economic welfare and environmental protection.