Sekumpulan perempuan berjuang keras melalui lumpur basah kental setinggi dada setiap kali mereka akan menanam bibit mangrove berikutnya. Salah satu diantaranya bertubuh besar. Dia tidak kalah semangat ikut turun dalam lumpur, meski untuk setiap melangkah dan bergerak dia selalu dibantu oleh kawan-kawannya. Para perempuan yang giat menanam mangrove ini adalah para istri nelayan yang menamakan diri dari Kelompok Perempuan Nelayan Muara Tanjung, Desa Sei Nagalawan, Kecamatan Perbaungan, Kabupaten Serdang Bedagai, Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Sumut). Continue reading
Musim angin barat dan gelombang laut tinggi. Para nelayan Desa Sei Nagalawan, Kecamatan Perbaungan, Kabupaten Serdang Bedagai, Provinsi Sumatera Utara, memutuskan tidak melaut. Tapi, hanya Saini, 37, salah satu nelayan di desa tersebut yang nekat melaut. Beberapa hari setelah dia melaut, para nelayan digegerkan laporan istrinya, Syaripah, 33, Saini belum kembali ke rumah sejak dua hari dia pergi melaut. Tidak lama berselang, Saini muncul dalam kondisi kritis. Dia ditemukan oleh kapal nelayan lainnya. Dia masih bisa bertahan selama dua hari terombang ambing di laut dengan menyanggahkan diri dari pecahan kapalnya yang tersisa. Saini termasuk yang beruntung, karena biasanya yang terjadi, jika ada nelayan nekat melaut di musim bakat (sebutan lokal untuk menyebut musim laut bergelombang tinggi- angin barat-red), maka dia tidak akan kembali. Tertelan laut. Syaripah merasa bersyukur suaminya selamat.
DRR Sangihe part 5 : People Trusted Kuncen More Than Government Official for Volcanic Activities of Gunung Awu
Series of Writing on Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Process in Sangihe, North Celebes, Indonesia (Part 5):
If Merapi Mountain in Yogyakarta has always been attached to the figure of kuncen (traditional gatekeeper generation to trusted people have metaphysical powers and magic with local volcanic nature) named Mbah Marijan, in Gunung Awu (1,320 meters above sea level height) in Bahu, sub-district of Tabukan Utara, regency of Kepulauan Sangihe, Sulawesi Utara Province, is attached to the figure of Marjun Samau (he passed away in 2006). Continue reading
Series of Writing on Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Process in Sangihe, North Celebes, Indonesia (Part 4):
Gunung Awu, 1,320 meters above sea level height, is an active volcano. It has become part of the history of the human kind for the people living in Tabukan Utara and Kendahe/Kendar’s sub-districts. The formation of the villages surrounding the volcano couldn’t be separated from the event of its eruptions; each was part from the history of people living in there. Continue reading
Series of Writing on Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Process in Sangihe, North Celebes, Indonesia (Part 3):
It took a long process for the villagers of Bahu and Raku, sub-district of Tabukan Utara, North Celebes (Sulawesi Utara) Province, to become more prepared for living with disaster. They had proved such preparedness when dealing with tsunami alert posed by Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics or BMKG following the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck the Pacific coastline of Japan’s northern islands on March 11, 2011 (read Working Hand in Hand to Deal with Disaster: The Stories of Bahu and Raku Villages, page 8-9, red.)
Series of Writing on Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Process in Sangihe, North Celebes, Indonesia (Part 2):
Beautiful but dangerous is the right adage to portray the face of Kepulauan Sangihe’s regency with a total area of 736. 98 square kilometers. Behind its beautiful landscape of many green hills, the archipelago consisted of 15 sub-districts (covering 145 villages and 22 kelurahan) is very prone to flooding and landslides, especially after continuous rain. The incident of heavy flood followed by landslides happened in 2001,2003, 2004, 2005, and the greatest one in 2007. The landslides in 2007 took place on January 9-14, claimed the death of 33 people, 2 people were missing, 304 houses were completely destroyed or gone and 172 houses severely destroyed, 5.351 people (1.446 households) had to be evacuated. The same disaster occurred in December 28, 2008 and January 16, 2009, forced more than 3,000 people fled to evacuation centers. Even though the events in 2008 and 2009 did not result in any casualties, but the disaster had caused trauma for majority of the villagers. Continue reading
DRR Sangihe part 1 : Working Hand in Hand to Deal with Disaster: The Stories of Bahu and Raku Villages
Series of Writing on Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Process in Sangihe, North Celebes, Indonesia (Part 1) :
When a 9.0 earthquake at the Richter scale with the epicenter in Honshu struck Japan March 11, 2011, it triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 meters, Indonesia had to stay alert too. Moreover when the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics or BMKG announced that the tsunami waves up to 1 or 2 meters could reach eastern part of Indonesia such as North Moluccas, North Celebes, Papua and small islands nearby at 6.30 or 8.30 PM. BMKG had instructed people living at those coastal area to stay away from the beach.
Destia Mariana (26) tidak pernah menyangka kalau kamar dan rumahnya juga penghasil polusi gas rumah kaca yang memicu pemanasan global dan perubahan iklim. Itu baru diketahuinya ketika ia secara sukarela membeberkan aktivitas kesehariannya kepada Klinik Diet Karbon yang digelar dalam Clinic Help-Climate Justice for Earth di Taman Suropati, Minggu (25/4). Continue reading
April 26, 2010
Fidelis E Satriastanti
Could your next diet help save the planet from global warming? Yes, if you’re talking about a carbon diet, environmentalists say.
“A carbon diet works just like regular diets where people restrain from specific foods or drinks to reduce their weight, but this particular diet is aimed at reducing your carbon dioxide emissions,” said Musfarayani, an activist from the Institute for Essential Services Reform.
Engel mon sao surito/Inang maso semona/Manoknop sao fano/Uwilah da sesewan/Unen ne alek linon/Fesang bakat ne mali/Manoknop sao hampung/Tibo-tibo maawi/Angolinon nek malo/Oek suruk sauli Maheya mihawali/Fano me senga tenggi/Ede Smong kahane/Turiang da nenekta/Miredem teher ere/Fesan navi-navi da/Smong rumek-rumek mo/Linon uwak-uwak mo/Elaik kedang-kedang mo/Kilek suluh-suluh mo.
(Listen to this story/Once upon a time/A village was drown/That was spoken/It started with an earthquake/Followed by the receding water/Suddenly, the whole country sunk/If the earthquake was strong/And the water receded/Hurry to find a place/Go to highland to save your life/That’s what you called smong/The history of our ancestors/Please remember this/The message and the advice/Smong (tsunami) is your water bath/Earthquake is your swing/Lightning is your drum/Lightning is your drum/Lightning is your lamps) – (Yoppie Andri, Smong-The Tempest in the Island of Simeulue 1833, 1907, 2004 and story of the writer (2008)) Continue reading