Dubbed the “Green Grunge Gentlemen,” Bali-based band Navicula has released a video clip for their song “Harimau! Harimau !” directed by Riri Riza and produced by Greenpeace Indonesia. The video was released on their Youtube channel on Tuesday, July 1st 2014. “Harimau! Harimau! ” is one of 16 songs featured on Love Bomb, the band’s seventh album, which was released in late 2013.
A “tiger” is confused in the wilds of the city, seeking asylum amidst the human greed that robbed him of his home.
Yes, this stomping and shouting chant is actually a sad story about the last Sumatran tigers on earth. Data gathered by Greenpeace Indonesia, neatly displayed within the video, indicates that the current number of remaining Sumatran tigers is less than 400. An “endangered” status now burdens this former king of this jungle. On his own, without a home and without love.
We Are All Connected
“Is it true that only the tigers are threatened? The attitude that permits the seizure of land or constant expansion of cultivated land, conducted purely for economic gain, is also a threat to our own future.”
A statement interjected by video clip director Riri Riza from the sidelines during shooting summarizes the song’s message: “‘Harimau! Harimau!’ is not only about an animal’s movements, about an endangered species. The massive destruction of the tigers’ forest habitat—insane expansion for palm and paper are the cause—human greed and indifference to other human beings are all aspects of the complexity behind this song, written by Robi (Navicula vocalist) in 2009.”
In order to amplify the tiger’s roar, Navicula has also signed the Tiger Manifesto as part of the Protect Paradise campaign launched by Greenpeace Indonesia in November 2013 to give voice to the importance of conservation for the forests and Sumatran tigers.
Environment and Politics
The song’s video clip, produced by Greenpeace Indonesia, has been exclusively screened at a concert by the band in Taman Baca, Kesiman Denpasar, on 5 July 2014. Navicula and the audience also watched together the last round of the presidential debates, on the theme of food, energy, and the environment.
“Whoever becomes the new president will determine the level of ongoing environmental damage in Indonesia. Based on several discussions with NGOs, we have learned that, unfortunately, the deforestation rate in Indonesia has grown quite high in the last 10 years. See for example, information gathered by Greenpeace and published last year as the book Menuju Nol (Approaching Zero), which documents deforestation during the period 2003-2013,” comments Robi.
Navicula has not been vocal about the Indonesian presidential election to be held next week. However, it is a fact that politics are one of the determinants for the well-being of the natural environment. Political policies or a lack thereof will impact the environment, and it is essential that political policies are a part of the efforts to preserve the environment.
The forest moratorium signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2011 did not bring about a change for Indonesia’s environment. In fact, forested regions covered in the moratorium have been reduced to 7 million hectares (See: “Area of Protected Forests Continues to Shrink,“) and Indonesia reached a peak in the acceleration of deforestation in 2012. Recognizing the close links between the role of executive politics and the quality of the natural environment, in advance of the 2014-2019 presidential term, Greenpeace Indonesia launched the 100% Indonesia campaign to urge presidential candidates to commit 100% to environmental conservation.
Navicula also has witnessed forest destruction in Indonesia firsthand during their tour “Flapping Wings of the Hornbill,” launched together with Greenpeace in 2012. Not only is the habitat for umbrella species like orangutans, tigers, and elephants at stake, but deforestation is also taking land from and igniting violence against indigenous peoples who call the forest home (See: Video, Navicula Borneo Tour).
Because we are connected to this former king of the jungle