Geography is all about the earth and the phenomena occurring on it. With its approaches; spatial, ecological, and regional complex, geography becomes a holistic and dynamic science. Environmental problem such as natural disasters have now become the most happening issues in the world. Oftentimes disaster cannot be delayed or avoided, but the risk can be reduced. Geography can answer the main question about location, process, and also how to reduce the risk of disaster.
The most popular environmental issue is climate change. Climate change is caused by global warming. Green House Gases (GHG) actually has a positive function which is to warn the Earth’s temperature. Without GHG, it is extremely low, while with the abundance of GHG in the atmosphere it increases significantly. This abundance was born as the consequence of people’s effort in achieving their welfare and prosperity through several economic activities. Agriculture intending to deforest decreases the population of carbon dioxide absorbers, cattle and poultry husbandries release methane, sulfur oxide, and nitro oxide, while industry and transportation contribute Freon and carbon dioxide.
The global temperature increase in a very long period associates with the birth of climate change. Season shifts, more frequent extreme precipitation, drought, even increasing intensity of tropical cyclone become the footprints of climate change impacts all around the world. Developed countries in Europe have invented environmentally friendly technology without decreasing the economic activities which support their people’s life. On the contrary, the developing countries, such as Indonesia, still prioritize their energy and time to increase and distribute evenly the people’s welfare. Thus, similar technology is far beyond reach.
This condition doesn’t mean to represent the loss of Indonesia in war against the impact of climate change, but its obligation to improve all environmentally friendly acts which are simple and can be implemented by each of its citizen. The compilation of these acts is realized under the event named Geography International Symposium (GIS) 2012 which themed Adaptation toward Climate Change for Sustainability. It is organized by BEM KM Fakultas Geografi UGM, as the host of GIS 2012, and Ikatan Mahasiswa Geografi Indonesia (IMAHAGI) which includes academic session, socio-cultural session, and regional meeting in order to increase the understanding of and unite the efficient and significant ideas of climate change of each of Indonesian and other countries’ participants.
Geography International Symposium event start on May 4th 2012, opened with Welcoming Ceremony, untilll May 7th 2012, closed with Farewell Ceremony. Form of Event are : Welcoming Ceremony, AGSA Forum, Youth Conference, Cultural Night, International Symposium, University and city tour, Gala Dinner and Farewell Ceremony.
International Symposium will be held on Pascasarjana Hall 5th Floor universitas Gadjah Mada, start on 7AM (registration) till end (west indonesian time)