Skip to content

Former Indonesian tropical paradise reduced to garbage dump

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/11/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile plant renders Citarum the most polluted river in the world

As people in China's most air polluted cities cheerfully don face masks, a fisherman on Indonesia's Citarum River has blankly accepted his polluted fate. Once searching for fish, Herman, the name of the fisherman proffered to news reporters says he now looks for plastic discarded in the river to recycle. The onetime tropical paradise is now little more than a landfill.

The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes.

The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/11/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Citarum River, Indonesia, pollution


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Reported to be the dirtiest river in the world, the Citarum is full of trash, debris and toxic waste. A nearby textile mill is the chief culprit.

Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in th

Once a tropical paradise, the Citarum in Java, Indonesia, is now said to be the dirtiest river in the world.


"I don't catch fish anymore," Herman tells reporters. "They're floating on the surface . I'm sure everyone knows the result of dumping rubbish like this. There are rules, but nobody is enforcing them"

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

Clogged with household waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories and dead animals, the rive

Clogged with household waste, toxic chemicals dumped by textile factories and dead animals, the river has lost 60 percent of its fish stocks.


The Citarum has lost 60 percent of its fish stocks, in spite of this, more than 35 million people still rely on the river for drinking and washing.

"

"'I don't catch fish any more... they're floating on the surface... I'm sure everyone knows the result of dumping rubbish like this. There are rules, but nobody is enforcing them."


The people here say that textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night. Some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury.

Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby villag

Locals say textile factories illegally dump chemicals into the river at night and some nearby village wells contain four times the recommended safe levels of mercury. Pictured front is Herman's 13-year-old son, Alex; at the back is TV reporter Seyi Rhodes.


The water at times turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It has been linked with increased cancer rates, as well as skin diseases, mental illness and slow development among local children.

At times, the water turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It

At times, the water turns red, green, yellow and black because of the high concentration of dyes. It has been linked with increased cancer rates, as well as skin diseases, mental illness and slow development among local children.


There are claims that major clothing chains could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution. A Greenpeace report last year claimed one of the largest textile manufacturers on the Citarum, PT Gistex Group - has had a "business relationship" with Gap, H&M and Adidas.

There are claims some high street brands could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution.

There are claims some high street brands could be partly to blame for the torrent of pollution.


The charity found the manufacturer's wastewater contained high doses of several toxic substances.

TV presenter Seyi and community group members block a factory waste water pipe.

TV presenter Seyi and community group members block a factory waste water pipe.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


Comments


More Green

Cape Town: city of 4 million souls is about to run out of water. Here's why Watch

Image of Cape Town is a city of 4 million people, and it is about to run out of water.

What happens when a city of four million people runs out of water? We are about to find out the hard way, thanks to an epic drought and ... continue reading


What is a super blue blood moon and why is it so rare? Watch

Image of A super blue blood moon will be visible for most of North America very early on January 31.

What is a super blue blood moon?  LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A blood moon is a lunar eclipse. A supermoon is when the moon ... continue reading


Is God sending a warning? Third megaquake in the year suggests 2018 could be very bad for earthquakes Watch

Image of A 7.9 quake struck in the Gulf of Alaska this morning, making it the third 7.0 or larger quake of the year.

Residents of Kodiak, Alaska were awakened early Tuesday morning by a 7.9 magnitude quake in the Gulf of Alaska. The quake was powerful ... continue reading


2018, The Year of Quakes begins with major 7.6 megaquake in Caribbean Watch

Image of The 7.6 quake struck far enough away from people to avoid casualties.

The year 2018 has been predicted to be a year of major quakes by scientists, and the first major quake has struck on cue. A massive 7.6 ... continue reading


STUDY: the oceans are dying, and if they die, we die Watch

Image of If the ocean dies, we die.

"If you can't breathe, nothing else matters," said Denise Breitbung in a study on ocean oxygen levels. Research recently published in the ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.