Greenpeace calls for bold action to improve Jakarta's air quality
The Jakarta Post
Greenpeace Indonesia has called on the government to do something about Jakarta's unhealthy air quality, especially during the 2018 Asian Games.
"It is a call for a concrete action because all eyes [from countries participating in the Games] are on us," said Greenpeace Indonesia's climate and energy campaigner Bondan Andriyanu, as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.
He went on to mention that Airvisual, an app that measures air quality in cities around the world, named Jakarta as the city with the worst air quality on Aug. 11.
The city's Air Pollution Standard Index (ISPU) stations in Jagakarsa in South Jakarta, Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta and Kebon Jeruk in West Jakarta had also shown similar figures.
Bondan said there were many factors causing air pollution that needed to be controlled, such as "gas emission from transportation, industries and power plants".
Previously, several foreign media outlets had pointed out the issue, highlighting concerns over Jakarta’s bad air quality during the multisport event.
On Tuesday, activists from Greenpeace Indonesia climbed a billboard in South Jakarta and installed a poster containing a message about the capital's current air condition, with the hashtag #WeBreatheTheSameAir written on the board.
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