“School Strike for the Forest,” Photo Credit: Afriadi Hikmal

Saya bukan Greta Thunberg nya Indonesia

Saya memutuskan keluar dari sekolah tahun lalu dan mogok sekolah di depan kantor Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan setiap hari Jumat. Panggilan saya sebagai “Greta nya Indonesia” hapus artinya & mereka dari aktivis pemuda dari Global South.
Indonesia, Southeastern Asia

Story by Salsabila (Abil) Kairunissa. Translated by Niluh Satriani
Published on June 23, 2021.

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Semenjak mogok sekolah saya di Jakarta menarik perhatian media, saya mulai berpikir untuk menyerah saja dengan aktivitasku. Saya sudah bosan orang memberi gambar bahwa saya adalah “perubahan katalisator” atau “pemuda penuh dengan harapan”. Atau pemuda di Jaga Rimba [1], adalah platform yang saya bangun untuk keadilan alam. Membuat perasaan saya kurang enak. 

Mohon di catat : bukannya saya mau mendiskreditkan media memperkuat suara kita atau menyamaratakan bahwa semua media itu “jelek”. Faktanya, saya sangat berterima kasih bagaimana jurnalismus membantu aktivis mengambil tindakan. Saya mau menekankan saya bukan bicara atas permohonan semua pemuda. Saya mencerminkan melalui pengalaman saya sendiri. 

Waktu masyarakat mendengar tentang Mogok Sekolah buat Melestarikan Hutan di bulan Januari 2020, banyak yang menanggapi dengan  “Oh, itu kerjaan yang berhubungan dengan Greta Thunberg” pertama, itu tidak mengganggu pikiran saya tapi itu sangat bagus untuk mendidik masyarakat. Setelah arusan utama dari media menggambarkan saya sebagai “Greta nya Indonesia” baru saya menyadari itu adalah salah. Saya menolak di cap sama dengan DIA tapi “masyarakat kita” masih tetap melanjutkan.

Saya menolak di cap sebagai DIA, tapi, “masyarakat kita”

Pertama, saya merasa seperti “apel nya” untuk “jeruk” nya Greta. Kita mempunyai perbedaan sangat besar dalam lingkungan & pendidikan hidup. Hampir semua pemuda di Indonesia tidak mempunyai kemewahan hidup mengungkapkan kebebasan berbicara adalah bukannya isu sama sekali. Disamakan dengan Greta mengambil cerita & status saya. Kedua, saya tidak pernah menginginkan dicap “sebagai mempengaruh”. Media menggambarkan saya adalah “mempengaruh pemuda” untuk memberikan “harapan” ke pergerakan Iklim Indonesia, tapi menyebarkan harapan sama sekali bukan maksud saya. Sebaliknya, saya memperkuatkan kesuraman fakta keadilan Iklim di Indonesia yang mana kebanyakan masyarakat kita tidak mau menoleh. Manggil saya adalah “pemuda berpengaruh” lupakan hak keistimewan saya karena lahir di kota, menciptakan kebesaran titik buta untuk nyata gerakan pemuda & alam berjuang di daerah pedesaan Indonesia, dan menaungi kompleksitas tantangan di global negara selatan - atau saya lebih bahagia kalau disebut MAPA (Most Affected People & Areas) - menghadapi di bandingin dengan Global Utara. 

Di Global Utara, siswa boleh mogok sekolah setiap hari Jumat tanpa menghadapi konsekuensi nyata yang bisa membahayakan masa depan mereka. Melakukan sesuatu yang mirip disini bisa berpotensi kearah represi yang tidak ada akhirnya. Kita bisa gampang sekali di kucilkan dari masyarakat karena perjuangan pemuda hanyalah gangguan buat Elitnya Jakarta yang mengganggu kepentingan korporasi perusahaan raksasa. Yang telah di bilang, mempunyai Jaga Rimba sebagai platform adalah memberi hak keistimewaan. Kita yang Jaga Rimba dikelilingi oleh bantuan hukum yang menawarkan layanan hukum pro bono karena kita pernah dianiaya salah. Kita mempunyai kemewahan untuk mogok sekolah tanpa takut dengan sangsi dikeluarkan dari  rumah kita sendiri atau kena tunjukan pistol dikepala kita.

Kita perlu mendekolonisasikan pergerakan Iklim.

Kebanyakan masyarakat di MAPA, tidak mempunyai pilihan lain selain dengan berjuang. Dari daerah perdesaan sampai perkotaan, dari hutan Kinipan di Kalimantan sampai ke Pancoran di Jakarta, pemuda sudah mulai mengorganisasikan sendiri untuk generasi berikutnya untuk berjuang melawan perampasan tanah & pengusiran paksa, mengorbankan hidup mereka. Tapi apakah media memanggil mereka “mempengaruh” masyarakat menyebut mereka sebagai “katalis perubahan?” saya meragukan, karena cerita mereka tidak terjual. Menolak, berjuang penindakan - tidak di anggap “perjuangan” ataupun  “mempengaruh.” 

Malah membangun “blueprint” bagaimana pemuda seharusnya bereaksi, saya percaya kita perlu mendekolonisasikan pergerakan Iklim - semenjak massalah iklim sangat berpengaruh besar yang dihubungkan dengan Kolonisasi & didominasi oleh sudut pandangnya Euro-Centric — dengan mengakui keragaman pergerakan mereka dan memperkuat suara mereka yang paling terpengaruh. Sampai saat itu, pembicaraan sekitar masalah krisis Iklim akan selalu pengecualian pemuda MAPA, hanya satu manfaatnya kekayaan Global Utara terus melanjutkan penindasan.


[1] Jaga Rimba adalah gerakan pemuda tujuannya untuk melawan deforestasi dan bertindak sebagai advokat untuk alam di Indonesia. Ini sangat berhubungan dekat dengan masyarakat yang tinggal di hutan Kinipan, perdesaan yang kena pengaruh di tahun 2018 dari perusahaan minyak palem.


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Salsabila (Abil) Kairunissa

Salsabila (Abil) Kairunissa

Salsabila Khairunissa (known as “Abil”) was born in 2003 and is an Indonesian environmental activist. Aged 15, she co-founded the Jaga Rimba youth movement, which aims to fight deforestation and exploitation in Indonesia.   

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