About the Author: Nicholas Throckmorton serves as ASEAN and Regional Economic Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.
U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron R. Hume dived into a shark tank at Sea World Indonesia to celebrate Earth Day 2009. The Embassy organized a day of environmentally-themed, youth-oriented activities for approximately 100 Indonesian children from several Jakarta public schools and a foundation serving youth with cancer. This year’s celebrations were aimed at calling attention to Indonesia’s unique underwater biodiversity and Indonesia hosting the World Oceanic Conference in Manado and Coral Triangle Initiative Summit, May 11-15, 2009.
U.S. corporations, including Starbucks, General Motors, Coca-Cola, and McDonalds generously sponsored the Embassy’s Earth Day event, providing transportation, books, games and refreshments for the participating children.