June is a celebration month for Jakarta as this capital city of Indonesia will be celebrating its 494th Anniversary on June 22.
Recently, Governor Anies Baswedan has officially announced the theme of this year’s celebration, Jakarta Bangkit (Jakarta Awakening). The theme will carry the spirit and optimism of awakening in fighting off the Covid-19 pandemic. This is marked by extra efforts initiated by the city in suppressing the spread of the virus through many restrictions and regulations applied in all sectors, as well as the vaccination programs. Read more statements from Governor Anies Baswedan during the inauguration ceremony for the Jakarta Anniversary this year, here.
Now let’s put aside for a while the discussion on fighting the pandemic, one other inconvenient issue is the unhealthy air quality that we breathe in everyday. A lawsuit against the government over the alarming levels of air pollution in Jakarta has been filed since 2019 but the verdict is postponed to mid of this month. Another chronic issue that the city is facing is the waste issue. Jakarta has beat Delhi as the world’s most environmentally vulnerable city. Reducing the use of plastics seems to help but there is still much work that needs to be done to overcome this issue and which needs to be participated by both society and business industry.
To wrap up, Jakartans and others please read on since we have gathered interesting news and updates, and special deals that this city and other cities have to offer under What’s New Indonesia - your ultimate guide to Indonesia’s cities!
Khika Mahardhika Wasana