Let me tell you a story of a polluted paradise.
We used to call it 'Parahyangan' or the place where the Gods and Goddesses resided. The river that passes through it stretches 270 km from the Wayang Mountain to the Java Sea, giving life along its course.
We call it the Citarum River. Ci and Tarum, "Ci" is water, and "Tarum" or indigo is a plant of the pea family that was widely cultivated over a century ago as a source of dark blue dye. It is also linked to the 'Tarumanagara' Kingdom, one of the country's oldest Kingdoms, once victorious on the outskirts of the Citarum River. Today, millions of people depend on the river and surrounding area for agricultural and domestic use.
Tisna Sanjaya, a famous Indonesian artist and social and environmental activist, speaks of Citarum River as "The... Read more >