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Between The Environment and The Pandemic

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

In recent years many environmental issues have been called for, especially about plastic waste. Various trends have emerged ranging from the use of straws, drinking bottles, cutlery, and shopping bags that are environmentally friendly and can be used repeatedly. Making the sea turtles and habitats as the object of cruel attention to plastic waste that is not managed wisely by humans. In addition to the use of environmentally friendly goods, there is a suggestion for eating at the place / dine-in at the restaurant to reduce food/beverage takeaway and also delivery orders. But once the Covid-19 pandemic appeared, all the calls seemed to be forgotten. As recommended by the government, restaurants can only serve to take away and deliver orders. For example, what happened in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, before the implementation of the PSBB (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the daily waste volume of 7,500 to 8,000 tons/day was reduced by 620 tons/day. Doesn’t that mean the volume of waste is decreasing?

Overall the volume of waste has indeed declined, but there has been a shift in the waste-producing sector. Head of DKI Jakarta Environment Agency, H Andono Warihm, said that during the PSBB period, the volume of plastic waste generated by households was higher than before the pandemic. Of course, this happened because there was a shift in the consumption patterns of the people from those who could freely eat at restaurants or buy drinks with their drinking bottles, also shop at supermarkets with their shopping bags, now everything must be done online. Food and beverage delivery orders, online shopping for daily necessities, to necessities such as clothing and household appliances also require plastic bags or other types of waste that are not environmentally friendly.

We can’t just shut up and close our eyes knowing this fact, right? We must be able to pay attention to the environment while still obeying rules according to health protocols. The simplest way we can start in our kitchen. Cooking our food is the easiest way to stay concerned about the environment at a time like this. Besides, we can also pay attention to our daily nutrition intake and fill our free time during quarantine or work from the home period. What’s more, we don’t need to worry about viruses because we don’t make physical contact through any objects with strangers. But, we need to pay attention to food ingredients and wash everything before consuming it!

References 

https://www.liputan6.com/news/read/4283340/sampah-plastik-di-dki-jakarta-meningkat-saat-pandemi-coronahttps://www.aliansizerowaste.id/post/2020/04/16/menerapkan-zero-waste-di-masa-pandemi-corona

Plastic: An Indonesian Enemy

Written by Graciella Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Do you know that Indonesia is second place in terms of the world’s plastic waste producers? After China, we produce at least 25.000 tons of plastic waste every single day. All of that plastic is undeniably going to end up in rivers or coastal waters. 15 percent of plastic that pollutes the world’s oceans comes from Indonesia.

Plastic has become a modern-day Indonesian enemy. In March 2019, the soldiers of the Indonesian army had to clean up the piling plastic in Bandung’s river. The crisis is so severe that not only rivers but also beaches are also affected. Sanur Beach, Bali is one of the examples of this ever-growing pandemic. Tourists who visited the beach to enjoy the view are going to be welcomed with the smell of rotting plastic waste surrounding the area. Not only will this damage the environment, but this issue will also indefinitely damage our economy as well.

Fortunately, the Indonesian government is fighting back. However, the fight cannot be one-sided. As Indonesian citizens, we must join in on government initiatives. Understandably, our life has become more comfortable with the help of single-use plastic. However, making small changes in our life, such as reducing and reusing plastic, will help reduce our contribution to the world’s plastic invasion. If you shop, for example, start bringing your own reusable bags. If you eat out in places that use single-use plastic, bring your own utensils. Bring your own tumbler when you buy drinks, such as boba tea or coffee. It might seem too complicated and time-consuming, but imagine the impact it will bring. If you drink out of a plastic cup at least three times a week, if you start using a reusable cup, you reduce the use of plastic cups 3 times a week, which adds up to at least 156 cups per year! People say that it’s useless if only one person makes the change, but they never calculate how much a single person contributes to producing plastic waste. Now imagine if everyone starts doing so, imagine the changes that we will see as a generation.

If you reduce the use of plastic little by little each day, the turtles, jellyfishes, and octopuses on those environmental videos don’t have to suffer because of your waste.

Start small and make big changes in the future of our planet.

References:

  • https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/indonesia-has-a-plan-to-deal-with-its-plastic-waste-problem/. (Accessed on 28 February 2020 at 14.41)
  • https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/03/01/the-waste-challenge-is-indonesia-at-a-tipping-point-1551431355.html. (Accessed on 28 February 2020 at 14.41)