Comments: SBY appeals to renew green commitment
June 14, p2
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday he would call on state leaders to renew their political commitment to develop the green economy during the upcoming Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, known as the Rio+20.
The President added he would also talk about sustainable development and poverty eradication.
When Aung San Suu Kyi spoke in Geneva yesterday, I believed in the sincerity of her words 100 percent. President SBY also uses “grand” words such as the “future of the human race” — but his credibility is close to zero. His personal devotion to the issues he talks about seems to be very low and it goes beyond environmental issues.
Bapak President, for starters, you can fix the issue of Balikpapan Bay, which is in danger of being destroyed by industrial expansion. It is probably not the biggest single issue, but it threatens to destroy the last unique ecosystem in Indonesia, which is less than 1 hour from our international airport.
Dugongs, proboscis monkeys and the like would be grateful, although as we all know, they cannot vote.
Like Indonesia sets a good example? Think of the buses and trucks that blow out black clouds of diesel fumes, with zero pollution control implemented.
Think of how Indonesians throw their rubbish wherever they want including blocking the rivers and causing floods.
Think about illegal logging. Think about how Indonesians are forced to use the rivers as toilets as there is no available sanitation. Think of the uncontrolled burning of fires, including tires. Think about the millions of old two-stroke motorbikes spewing out oil fumes.
Policies may be in place but implementation is lacking. Talk less, do more.
Talking is always easier than doing, Sir!
Have you ever evaluated your Environment Ministry in how it handles noise pollution in Jakarta? We have never seen such activities. Do they still exist?