Every Day Should Be Environment Day

Joining the international community in observing the World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, Indonesia’s Environmental Affairs Ministry organized a discussion on Clean Up Indonesia Movement (GIB) recently.

The discussion revealed that Jakarta alone produces at least 56 cubic meters of waste in every two days. “So, every two days Jakarta builds garbage as big as the structure of Borobudur Temple,” Sodiq Suhardianto, the head of the Indonesian Waste Study Center (PKPI),  told the audience.  The large of the famous Buddhist temple is 52 cubic meters.

To help address the waste problem, the government has launched  the Clean Up Indonesia Movement which was initiated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and its implementation is headed by Vice President Boediono.

The movement which was officially launched on November 12, 2012, has involved 22 ministries and other related institutions such as the Indonesian Military and Police.

Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) office in Jakarta Michele Zaccheo, another speaker in the discussion, on the occasion cited an example of clean up movement in  Bulgaria.  Around 350,000 volunteers took part in the activity and managed to collect 100,000 tons of garbage within five hours.

“The activity was to observe the World Environment Day on June 5. In fact, we should make every day as Environment Day,”  Zaccheo said in the discussion which was part of a series of activities organized by the environmental affairs ministry to observe the World Environment Day this year.

Earlier, the ministry organized the Indonesian Environment Week (PLI) at the Jakarta Convention Center from May 30 to June 2, 2013.

Officially opened by Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya, the 17th Indonesian Environment Week was highlighted with a number of activities such as environment discussion, green music festival, painting contest and eco-driving. The event was themed “Change Consumption Behavior To Save the Environment”, which is relevant to the World Environment Day’s theme, namely “Think. Eat. Save”.

Ilyas Asaad, chairman of the event’s organizing committee, said the theme of the PLI 2013 was adjusted to that of the World Environment Day since food is the future challenge of all mankind.

The rising population has raised food needs and therefore, people  must change their consumptive behavior  so as not to cause food waste, he said.

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