On July 10, 2021, RDI was highly enthusiastic about being a speaker in the Talk Show titled "Discover Ways to Save The World: What It Means To Be A Climate Researcher". The event was organized by Project Planet ID. It was held with the aim of increasing awareness to implement a sustainable lifestyle as an effort to protect the environment and climate in all life activities. In addition, this event also aimed to increase the distribution of information related to sustainable lifestyles, climate change issues and green businesses in Indonesia, as well as educate and inspire individuals to take steps in climate action through having more sustainable lifestyles and career options. Basically, this Green Living Project event consists of a series of events in one week, namely in the form of Webinars, Talkshows, and Baking Workshops. RDI, together with the World Research Institute (WRI), took part in a Talk Show event which discussed Climate Researchers.
RDI was represented by one of RDI's senior research fellows, Ramanditya Wimbardana. He was very enthusiastic in becoming the guest speaker at the event. Based on his profile, Ramanditya Wimbardana is one of RDI's Senior Research Fellows who focuses on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. He is now a PhD candidate in Sustainability Science from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan. He is developing his research interest in low carbon transition, energy policy and urban governance. In 2015, Ramanditya received the Fulbright Scholarship to support his postgraduate study in urban planning at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Previously, he has worked for several consultancy projects in climate change adaptation with local governments and non-governmental organizations in Indonesia.
The talk show started with the introductions by the two speakers, then continued with a discussion session. In the discussion session, various questions have been asked by the moderator regarding life as a Climate Researcher. The questions consisted of general and specific questions, one of which discussed what inspired Ramanditya to become a Climate Researcher and which research that is most interesting to him so far. From these questions, he stated that he had started his career for a long time, starting as a research assistant to see what was happening in the field. Initial research was conducted on the cold lava flood of Merapi, by examining the impact on the climate that occurred in the future after the incident. Then, he proceeded on doing research in adaptation topics. Starting from that, he entered the field of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He saw that Indonesia had the potential to do this. He said that what he is doing now is what is expected to happen in the future.
In addition, there were also other questions asked by the audience, one of which was about research studies related to climate change. "Of all the problems that have occurred so far, such as industry, emissions, deforestation, etc. Which problems have the most impact on the climate crisis?" asked one of the audience. Ramanditya and Cynthia (WRI) replied that all these things were interconnected. According to Ramanditya's statement, these things went hand in hand because they were related to things that were produced and consumed by humans. He stated that people's lifestyles were now slowly changing, which caused a lot of waste. Deforestation also occurred because of human's doings. Therefore, all of the impacts of these problems were intercorrelated and very complex.
The Talk Show event went very smoothly. The audience, who were very interactive, and the speakers, who were very fun and qualified, made the event very informative and exhilarating. The event was closed with the announcement of door prizes and a group photo session. Through this event, it was hoped that many people would realize the importance of protecting the environment for sustainability in the future.