Positive Approach on Environmental Problems for Modern Industry

By Enggar Dwi Nurhayati

The modern industry in Japan began in the city of Kitakyushu when the government-owned Yahata steelworks was established in 1901. On the other hand, this high growth of the industry was accompanied by serious industrial pollution. In the past, the bacteria could not even live in the Dokai Bay area, known then as the “Sea of Death”. While once the sky rained down the highest level of polluted precipitation in Japan, earning it the moniker of “the seven-colored smoke”, the skies have improved to the point where the city has been officially recognized for its starry sky. After much struggle, Kitakyushu had finally reclaimed its beautiful seas and skies.

Japan has Kitakyushu and Indonesia has Karawang as the center of industry. Many companies were built in Karawang so it makes Karawang have air pollution and there is no space to play, to breathe fresh air, to walk outside another place, etc. It was so wonderful that I could learn how Japan could solve the biggest problem until Kitakyushu become Eco-Town when I was an exchange student in Japan. I want Indonesia to rise up like Japan, where the Kitakyushu has a lot of projects to become Eco-Town. The projects are Kitakyushu Science and research park, practical research, Eco-Town center, next-generation energy park, comprehensive environmental industrial complex, and recycling area. Not only the government who is participating in this project but also society can also contribute to the growth of the project.

We need time to improve all of that. There are several ways to start, especially in schools, from small things such as participating in a national walk-to-the-school day that can reduce air pollution and enjoin a healthy lifestyle that encourages students and parents to think about the effects that cars have on the environment. We can also start a student-run recycling club that is designed to recycle newspapers and magazines to create fabulous art projects that increases students’ level of respect to the environment. Environmental field trips are another great way to help your students become more environmentally conscious. In the recycling center, students can see firsthand how items are separated and sent off on different conveyor belts. They learn how the plastics are turned into park benches and decks, and how the papers are shredded, mashed, and processed into new paper. 

Life is possible on the Earth and we cannot ignore that environment are our source of oxygen and water. Our lives depends on the environment on our Earth. Human beings are considered as the most intelligent creature on the earth, so we should understand our responsibility towards the nature and start saving the Earth.


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