What is a small city in a small developing country doing to reduce effects of climate change?
The environmental crisis is presently one of the most serious issues on the planet since it affects all of us as Earth’s inhabitants. For years now research has been conducted and articles have been published with the sole aim of raising awareness and publicizing this topic. It is no longer an issue of which only environmental scientists are aware of. International and local groups, composed of concerned individuals, have started the debate long ago: What are we, as a global community, going to do about it?
Thus, although countries like the United States of America, have taken on a destructive point of view concerning the environment; denying the facts and proofs of climate change, many others have taken considerable steps toward reducing its effects.
Among such nations is Indonesia. To deal with the fact that plastic makes up 15 percent of Surabaya's (Indonesia’s second-largest city’s) waste, the local authorities came up with a truly unique solution. In this city,
the "price" for a bus ride is 5 plastic bottles, or 10 plastic cups (depending on their size), in this way, one bus can collect 250 kg of plastic a day - or about 7.5 tonnes a month. The collected plastic is then sold to recycling companies to fund the city’s green spaces. With an ambitious target of becoming completely plastic-free by 2020, Surabaya’s policy stands as an example for all other developing countries. Having a relatively unstable economy and many other financial problems, this city’s efforts to reduce its effect on the environment are truly commendable. In fact, their policy demonstrates a crucial message: that a nation need not spend thousands on new technology to reduce their negative impact on the environment. The importance of small actions is reinforced since if each individual is compelled to do at least one of their daily activities in a sustainable way, the overall effect is bound to be profound.