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Jakarta Post

Right to clean air

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Monday, August 19, 2019. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Even COVID-19, which has forced many Jakarta residents to stay at home, does not help clean the city’s skies. It’s safe to say that, during the pandemic, air pollution is less severe than it was before COVID-19 hit in March, but in general the city’s inhabitants have constantly breathed unhealthy air for decades. The 11 million population of the capital city seem to have been accustomed to the unideal environment and opted to remain silent or at the most share their complaints on social media. The lack of awareness of citizens’ right to clean air, of course, has to stop, and the endeavor of the Coalition for Clean Air Initiative could be an eye-opener. The Jakarta District Court is now hearing a lawsuit filed by the coalition on July 4 last year against seven state officials, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the health minister, the envi...