Mails from Borneo: “In Sumatra, even in Palembang there are 76,000 victims.”

“Now there are huge protests in Indonesia demanding that the government resign. It is now known to the government that all the fires are set by companies, but the government does not want to reveal the names of the companies, which causes huge turmoil. Thousands of students are on their way to the capital, especially because the anti-corruption ministry has been suspended.

Palangkaraya, September 19 2019. IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN. The smoke haze tragedy of 2015 mega-fire where the surroundings became yellow might repeat itself. LAPAN satellite data shows during Sept 12-19, 17,997 active hotspots are found in all provinces of Kalimantan. Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) recorded at least 328.724 HA of land are burnt in Indonesia in 2019. About 7 million hectares of forests burned in Borneo since the first mega-fires of 1983. The recurrent fires are the legacy of 50 years of deforestation in Borneo (CIFOR). Peat fires release fine particulate matter (PM2.5), harmful pollutants smaller than dust, small enough to enter the lungs and bloodstream. PM 2.5 inhalation in a long period leads to various health problems; URI, diarrhea, and even NASOPHARYNX Cancer. 10.000 people in each province of Kalimantan are being affected by Upper Respiratory Tract Infection.”

Mails from Borneo: “BORNEO BURNING!”

Photo: By courtesy of the Ranu Walum Foundation

This mail reached me from Indonesia, Borneo (Kalimantan) today:

“A friend of mine took pictures in Borneo, but is already back after a week, because she also got lung disease. The same thing happens in Sumatra and the government is silent and sends no help and there are now the first big protests in Jakarta. All flights to and from Borneo cancelled. The people urgently need masks so that they can survive. Dayak organizations are now collecting money for this, otherwise everyone will suffocate:”

Photos: By courtesy of the Ranu Walum Foundation


While opening our four Shelter in Palangka Raya for public, everyday we go to areas outside the capital city Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, these areas are that strongly affected by the haze because of forest fire but not everyone is accessible to getting health protections and even to buy proper masks. The air quality is very poor, but not everyone use proper mask to protect themselves, that’s why us, that are more accessible to it needs to #act2give – distribute the masks we got from the donations we received.

2322 Hotspots:

We really need thousands of N95 mask, milks, vitamin for the people here. If you want to donate here is the link

Or if you want to talk to us personally how to join this effort, please contact me, I’m the coordinator of Youth Act. Here is my number +6289623741236

With partnership and collaboration, all is possible. This is the best time to give, as we are fighting not only for the DAYAKS or KALIMANTAN but for this planet, for Al of us!

Please share this message.

Thank you.





Many thanks to the scientists, experts, activists and citizens who gave interviews for the BRAND(FIRE) trilogy

  • Jutta Kill   I und II
  • Prof. Dr. Clive L. Spash   I und II
  • Joanna Cabello   I
  • A.S.M. Badrul Alam   I
  • Bakary Traoré   I
  • Inge Broska   I und II
  • Wilhelm Breuer   I
  • Aurelia Kirschbaum   III
  • Frau Voigt  I
  • Vera Püttmann   I
  • Marlies Bereit ✝   I und II
  • Jus  I und III
  • Sam I und III
  • Lina III
  • Floh  I
  • Alice I und III
  • Tim  I und III
  • Kim  I und III
  • Dachs  III
  • Delilah  III
  • Sissi  I und III
  • Christian Döring  III
  • Konrad Goebels  I und II
  • Antje Grothus  I und III
  • Elisabeth Hoffmann-Heinen  II
  • Gyp  III
  • Anne Hausmann-Balgheim III
  • Willi Hoffmann  II
  • Dr. Thomas Landmann  III
  • Peter Jansen  II
  • Nataanii Means  III
  • Christoph  III
  • Kurt Claßen  III
  • Karl Goebels  II
  • Peter Immekus  II
  • Theresia Jansen  I und II
  • Joachim Meier  II
  • Helmut Meier II
  • Günther Merkens  I
  • Christian Mertens  III
  • Rolf Sevenich ✝ II
  • Rebecca  III
  • Gisela Reinartz  II
  • Maria  III
  • Tina  III
  • Tix  III
  • Emilio Weinberg  III
  • Welle  III
  • Michael Zobel  I und III
  • Niemand  I
  • Alfred Otlik  II
  • Arnold Schunck  I
  • Milan Schwarze  III
Many thanks to the scientists, experts, activists and citizens whose speeches at panels or conferences were allowed to be published in the BRAND(FIRE) trilogy:
  • Birgit Cichy  II
  • H.-J. Dederichs  II
  • Stefan Förster  II
  • Christel Honold-Ziegahn  II
  • Larry Lohmann II
  • Wilfried Lörkens  I und II
  • Franz Theo Schurf  I und II
  • Hans-Willi StrauchII
  • Timo III
  • Martin Weis  III
Special thanks for film clips and audio - video - photo
  • Aribert Weis "Requiem für ein Maiglöckchen" 1978
  • Bernd Boor  Die Eröffnung des Tagebau Hambach 1978, Fotos
  • Herbert Sauerwein
  • Hubert Perschke
  • Saskia Zeller
  • Martin Bauer
  • Crimethinc. The ExWorker
  • freundeskreisvideo
  • Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Kate
  • leftvision
  • Allan Lissner
  • Boaventura Monjane
  • Antonio Pacor Archive Collective Focuspuller world social forum tv
  • Coal Action Scotland
  • Hambacher Forst
  • Redaktion Schattenblick
  • im Hausmuseum: Sebastian Wilke
  • Ursula Ströbele
Special thanks for all musicians live in the film
  • Gabor Fekete I
  • Kirchenchor Tenholt/Granterath/Hetzerath I Klaus der Geiger I
  • Protestorchester Lebenslaute
  • David Rovics I
  • N.N. Akkordeon I
  • N.N. Percussion I
  • Querflötenspieler I
Special thanks for all musicians
  • Andrew Brain
  • cuicuitte
  • deef
  • Keno
  • Keshco
  • I Monplaisir
  • Niemand I
  • Mike Rosenstark
  • THroNG
  • TRG Banks
Special thanks for creating the wordpress-site

Stephan Winkler

Special thanks for cooperation, financing and advice:
  • Christian
  • Hambacher Forst Filmkollektiv
  • Ronja
  • Redaktion Schattenblick
The translation and subtitling of the trilogy was sponsored by  Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
The brochure was sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf.


Acknowledgements for groups, other participants and others

Translation and subtitles:

Anna-Kathrin Lindner

Volxküche Rampenplan I Allerweltshaus Köln I Anouk I ausgeco2hlt I Brigitte Avesing I Dr. Helmut Brall-Tuchel I BUND Jugend I Buirer für Buir I Bündnis gegen Braunkohle I Büro Immekus I Dachverband der Kritischen Aktionäre e.V. I Das Gelbe Band I Philip Degenhardt I Degrowth summerschool I Markus Dufner I Elmo I Ende Gelände I Flax I Christa Frohn I Theo Görtz I Hambachgruppe I Heinz Hausmann I Heimatverein der Erkelenzer Lande e.V. I Joris I Josi I  Grid I Karlsson I Klimacamp im Rheinland I Konferenz Klampf ums Klima Köln 2015 I Mechthild Lohmann I Jennifer Lost I Lundholm I Milly I Mogli I Christoph Nandu I Peter Nettesheim I Netzwerk Bergbaugeschädigter e.V. I Noa I Occupy COP 17 I Pfarre St. Lambertus Immerath I Pia und Lars I Christel Plöthner I Familie Portz I Thomas Puls I Alexander Roettig I Pastor Werner Rombach I Hubert Rütten I Christian Schaal I Anja Schultz I Gruppe Sovie I Stadtarchiv Erkelenz I Stand Up With Standing Rock Tour

In the House Museum:

Yoko Ono I Hans-Jörg Tauchert I Heike Pawelzik I Andrew Wolter