But despite its allure, Indonesia has its challenges. Through its history up until today, the country has been shaken by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis, most famously in 2004, when a Tsunami with the epicenter west off Sumatra killed more than 200,000 people in 14 countries. The eruption in 1815 of Mount Tambora, the largest event ever recorded, was felt world-wide: 1816 became the “year without summer” in Europe and North America as the ash from the Indonesian volcano blanketed the earth.
Today however, it is not volcanoes and tectonic plates that most endanger the prosperity of this earthly paradise, and, with it, the future of the world. The major threats are marine and coastal destruction, uncontrolled development, climate change and resource depletion.
The good news?
Unlike natural disasters, together, we can fight these dangers!