Maybe it will make us closer to the orang-utans.
Hi Pauline and Linna,
We are certainly not the only ones concerned about the move. Kalimantan forests are one of the most threatened by deforestations related to loggings and palm oil plantations. Not to mention it is home to our most beloved, endangered, Orangutan. We must protect them at all costs, and promises were made by our government to have the new capital as a "smart, green city" and built not on protected forests, even saying there will be support for rehabilitation on those forests instead. Perhaps this is possible and that having the capital there might stop illegal logging and forest fires.
Now, I'd like to think that it is as beautiful as it sounds, however, I am still very concerned about the repercussions of the move. I see first hand how investors were dying to get their hands on lands in Kalimantan after the official announcement of this move. People seeing the big investment & business opportunities, literally fighting for a piece of that pie, bringing up more land disputes than ever. Despite the government's promises, I worry more about our people's capability to treasure the environment without seeing it as "natural resources", something ripe for the taking to be utilized, but instead as an essential entity for the lives of humankind.
So whether it is sustainable or not, truly depends on the government's ability to control and monitor the people, the corporations, and themselves.
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Deforestation and forest fire is already huge problems in Kalimantan, and what do we do to build houses? Surprise surprise, more deforestation. Some news reported that the government promises to do their best at keeping green areas in public places, but will they really? As long as industrial capitalism is still above everything, I can't see it happening. A sustainable city will only happen with a sustainable mindset from the very beginning.
It's funny that people tend to forget the importance of nature when it comes to residential areas. When in actuality greener neighbourhoods are better for residents health - for example trees provide a buffer for noise pollution, air pollution, and is better for ground temperature which will encourage people to be outside more.
Furthermore, having green areas can increase property value of an area.
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