Indonesia has undergone rapid recent development and life has improved for most people. But the country’s development has taken a toll on the environment.
People feel the number of trees and animals have decreased. In addition people have noticed changes in climate with more than half feeling it is hotter and the weather is less predictable.
In rural areas, Indonesians feel changes in climate are contributing to declining crop productivity and making fishing more difficult and dangerous. People in large cities are particularly concerned about the impact of extreme weather, which is not only disrupting their lives now but causing them to worry about the future.
Despite this concern, Indonesians are preparing less for extreme weather events than people in any other Climate Asia country. For example, only one in ten has a disaster preparedness plan.
Those who are most affected by changes in climate are generally taking simple actions such as storing water, keeping food for longer and using fertiliser to improve soil quality. However, poorer people with less education are struggling to act. Across all groups, people felt that they needed government support to respond to changes in climate.