By Kumi Naidoo
When I met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia yesterday, he urged me to consider that Greenpeace and the Indonesian government are “in the same boat” and that “we share the same dream.” Words like this are certainly good to hear, as indeed was the fact that after many years he invited us for an open discussion.
An expression of common cause is always welcome, but as ever, we hope they bear fruit in action, and – critically – withstand the test of time. We hope that the meeting will lead to real support for our call for zero deforestation in the country by 2015. That it will be measured in protection of the country’s pristine rainforests and the 1,500 plant and animal species (around 15% of the world’s total) that they support. That it will help the world avert catastrophic climate change. Continue reading