These are the behind-the-scenes stories of the rally for the “SWITCH! Liberation from Fossil Fuel Addiction” campaign, written by Mega Aisyah Nirmala and Letsu Vella Sundary, the local 350 Indonesia organized based out of Jogjakarta City. And again, special thanks to Susan Kim for her great help with the editing.
350 Indonesia’s End-of-Year SWITCH! Rally
It was 2 PM and I was on my way to the 350 Jogjakarta base camp to get things prepared. The rain was falling heavily. Today was December 30, 2012, and it would be a big day for 350 Jogjakarta. Four PM would see the start of our very first public rally in Jogjakarta, a city known for its education and culture.
A couple of minutes later, I had arrived at our base camp and found nobody there. I became worried, what if people didn’t show up for the launch of the rally?
But after a few moments, one person arrived to wash away my worries. The rain didn’t seem to want to stop, but that didn’t stop people from showing up, one by one. I was amazed that people were still willing to come and show their support in the midst of all this rain.
Finally, 4 PM came around, and about forty of us were ready to deliver our message to our society and government. We walked over to the busiest intersection in Jogjakarta, referred to as Zero Kilometer, and unfolded our banner to deliver our campaign message: stop fossil fuel addition and SWITCH into renewable energy.
While some of us kept the banner unfurled, others wore handmade eco-costumes while distributing promotional stickers to the thousands of people in this busy area. From Zero Kilometer, we crossed the street and walked over to Town Square where we continued rallying into the evening.