Jakarta, Indonesia has air pollution issues that officials are trying to address. Most likely, this is due to a lawsuit filed against Jakarta city by environmentalists this month. Last year, it was reported, Greenpeace Indonesia, citing World Health Organization statistics, stated that the air pollution in Greater Jakarta with its high level of a carcinogenic pollutant called PM2.5, was three times higher than the maximum “safe” level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 25 micrograms per cubic meter.
Recently, Jakarta’s Governor, Anies Baswedan, has unveiled a proposal to use artificial rain to help diminish the area’s pollution levels. However, Greenpeace Indonesia weighed in shortly after the Governor released his proposal and pooh-poohed the idea stating that the source of pollution needs to be controlled.
Greenpeace wasn’t interested in seeing if Baswedan’s idea would work, they were only seeking to control the issue by indirectly demanding that the source of pollution (i.e. the use of fossil fuels). Since many parts of Jakarta are swamp, it is very likely that the Governor’s proposal could create a new set of problems resulting in increased flooding, but that isn’t the point.
Greenpeace has no interest in trying to solve Jakarta’s poor air quality problem and is only active in order to achieve or maintain political power. They, and other environmentalist organizations, are not interested in finding or testing solutions to issues to address Jakarta’s air pollution problem. They only seek to dominate and control other people’s lives. If they had their way, fossil fuels, urban construction would be outlawed and everyone living in cities (like Jakarta) would be residing in makeshift shacks or shantytowns.
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