The environmental journalism community in Indonesia seems to be divided over whether to have an overlapping role as an activist. But where ever they stand on this point, environmental journalists are still clearly playing a big role in the country’s green movement: some by reporting the news, and others choosing to act further.

Correction: The text of this article was changed to reflect the fact that Emil Salim did not initiate the formation of Hukli, as originally stated, but rather solicited the group’s cooperation to foster environmental awareness in Indonesia.

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Veby Mega Indah is a freelance journalist who writes about environmental and climate change issues for Reuters AlertNet, IPS, Indian Today Media Network, Asia Media and SIEJ News Website. She is based in Jakarta and a board member of the Society of Indonesian Environmental Journalists.