“Indonesia’s government is advancing plans to relocate the country’s capital more than 1,000 kilometres away, from Jakarta on densely populated Java island to Borneo. At a time when modern consumer societies are awash in disposable products, the relocation plan seems to exemplify global society’s tendency to throw things away once they can no longer be used. In other words, Jakarta is a ‘disposable city.’ The situation with Jakarta is only the latest case of a country shifting its capital from an unmanageable urban context.” Source: The Conversation
This article, while on the surface is about forward capitals, and Jakarta’s plan to change it’s capital city, is truly about unsustainable urban land use practices. Relocating a capital is a part a a fix to alleviate the pressures on the government, but it does not solve the ecological problems of the city itself. This article is a plea to push for more sustainable urban initiatives.
GeoEd Tags: Indonesia, megacities, urban ecology, SouthEast Asia.