News 15 april — 16:47

Environment a missing topic as Indonesia election looms


One-third of Indonesia's rainforest will disappear by 2020 if nothing is done to reverse the damage caused by logging and palm oil plantations, Al Jazeera reports.

The water around the tourist island of Bali is full of plastic, while deforestation and mining are causing devastating floods.

Despite the threats, the state of the environment has not been a key issue with the country heading to the polls this week.

"Neither candidate has strong policies on environmental protection," said Ratri Kusumohartono, a forest campaigner with Greenpeace Indonesia. "Both are still pursuing extractive industries as the main source of national income."

A new civil society, focussing its attention on young voters, aims to change that.

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