The smoke in Monte Carlo on The Green has been particularly bad over the last 3 days.
My eyes are stinging , my nose is running. My daughter is wheezing at night.
I’ve really had enough this time.
My wife informs me from the Monte Carlo Whas Up group that a nearby backyard brick factory is responsible for a large amount of the foul smelling smoke. In Australia, you simply don’t burn these kind of substances because – IT’S ILLEGAL !! – people and companies who burn toxic waste are arrested and must pay heavy fines.
I’ve spoken to a few friends here and asked ‘Why can’t the government fine people who burn off here ?’ A common answer is ‘ They are ‘pre-bumi’ , the original owners here. They will take offense to developers such as Sinarmas , or ‘new folk’ who try to tell them what they can and can’t do. They may react in retaliation and burn even more rubbish.’
This is a matter of education. It’s a matter of politics. It’s a matter of money, communicating and getting along together.
Meanwhile, are we expected to wait ?, be patient ?, sit by and literally ‘suck it in ?’
As far as I’m concerned, the people that burn illegally, do so because it is the cheapest method. They have no regard for the health of even their own employees, no regard for common law. It’s about time they learnt a lesson.
Here is my first DRAFT of a petition.
I am determined not to sit idle while my wife and child suffer. I will translate it this week and have it in circulation by next week. Grass is Green. Trees are Green. Smoke isn’t.
Stop Burning Rubbish and Toxic Substances inside The Green Residence and in neighboring areas, where smoke effects residents of The Green.
We the undersigned, residents of Monte Carlo , The Green, hereby request preventive action from BSD Customer Service to solve a serious health risk problem in Monte Carlo , The Green and immediate surrounding areas ; Kampung RW14 , kampong RW…. , Kampung RW ……
For the past three weeks , during the current dry season ; September 1 – 20 , 2014 , there has been continual burning of rubbish that blankets and suffocates the entire Monte Carlo compound on a daily basis. The smoke at night is particularly thick , in some cases making it difficult to breath normally.
This smoke is not from the burning of organic materials such as grass , leaves or padi. This smoke has a distinct chemical odor.
We the residents of Monte Carlo , The Green are very concerned for the health of our families, in particular the health and mental development of our children.
Toxic smoke is scientifically proven to have dangerous effects on respiratory health and on the development of the brain in children.
We are being poisoned on a daily basis.
Many residents here have made the move to BSD , renting or buying houses in search of a cleaner environment away from the pollution of Jakarta. We pay expensive land rates and service fees to enjoy a cleaner , safer environment.
The careless burning of plastic rubbish and industrial operations of illegal businesses ( brick factory) have a direct impact on our health.
We are suffering. We are angry. We are not prepared to tolerate illegal recklessness.
We hereby request BSD Customer Care to contact the necessary authorities to solve this problem immediately.
Restrictions on the type of rubbish and method of burning need to be enforced.
Villages that surround Monte Carlo should be given facilities that help with the disposal of rubbish in a safe , environmentally friendly manner (for example trucks for rubbish collection)
The general public should be made aware of the real dangers and health risks from burning plastic waste.
We the undersigned residents of Monte Carlo, The Green believe that it is possible to create a clean , healthy environment for EVERYBODY , through proper management , education and co-operation.
September 17, 2014