As I write this, I look up at some of the paintings I created more than a dozen years ago. They’re landscapes, scenes which have captured my soul since I arrived in Indonesia nigh on thirty years ago.
As I write this, it’s early because I have a cough which woke me up. Jakarta is full of dust particles because the rainy season has yet to get going. When it does, it will bring floods to other parts of the city, the roof of Jakartass Towers will leak in unanticipated places, and the drainage ditch in front will overflow and excess water will possibly creep under our doors because it’s clogged up with household garbage.
And the dust will settle.
I am tempted to, need to, ease my social conscience, to say f*ck it, I’ve done my bit. I want to go somewhere green and clean, with a view of gorgeous sunsets before a night sky full of stars, because I have to paint again. This is Painting Number 1 in what I have long hoped will be a lengthy series.
But then I read some of this morning’s headlines and decide that for a while I will continue writing.
Japan fleet sets sail for whale hunt
Beijing air pollution reaches hazardous levels
Indonesia’s forest fires: this year’s worst environmental disaster
RI to show how to prevent forest fires at COP
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said: “Indonesia expects that the world will also be concerned about the fires and not only blame us. Because they have said that our forests are the lungs of the world.“
It’s asinine statements like that which clearly demonstrate the need for more aware world citizens to call to account all those self-interested politicians and business folk who appear to have little regard for the needs of future generations.
The other is the issue of the plan to build coal-fired power plants.
If you are similarly concerned about the inability of humanity to live in harmony with Mother Nature here in Indonesia, then do ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Green Indonesia on Facebook (in English) and Mongabay (in Indonesian).
To complement the above, I have posted a compilation of ‘environmental’ tracks on my music blog.
Download it from here.