Environmental Pollution And Its Effects On The Country Of Indonesia

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With both a growing population and a booming industrial economy, the country of Indonesia is experiencing rapidly growing pollution issues, including: mass deforestation, smog, water pollution, and various other forms of environmental destruction. As a poverty ridden nation lead by a government with too few resources at its disposal the issues of extreme pollution are often put on hold to other societal issues. In Indonesia, many forms of environmental pollution / destruction are not only affecting their population of well over a hundred million people, but also the surrounding areas, these forms of pollution include: water, deforestation, and air. In a recent analysis of Indonesia’s water problems, it was estimated that at…show more content…
One of the most commonly dumped chemicals into Indonesia’s waters is mercury. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest producers of mercury (Price 2014), which is a natural element that helps to separate gold ore from other less valuable particles in the mining industry. The mining industry frequently dumps this highly dangerous chemical into rivers and waterways which often affects the lives of people who are around the contaminated water. Apart from people, marine life is affected as well. With excessive dumping of hazardous waste into rivers and streams, marine life is often poisoned and is struggling to survive. These poisoned fish are then eaten and over time can have adverse effects. Although several initiatives have been put in place, none are doing what they are supposed to do. The first step Indonesia should take to help ease the pain on local waters is to put restrictions on how businesses can discharge their waste. If this is enforced, it would benefit not only the people of Indonesia, but marine life as well. The second step they should take is to educate and show how water pollution is affecting people. This will by no means stop pollution, but helping people understand the consequences of their actions will certainly help. The final step is to make access to piped and cleansed water a priority. Piped and cleansed water would help prevent people from washing, bathing, and drinking out of filthy waters, which would further
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