Target: Indonesian Trade Minister, Gita Wirjawan
Goal: Applaud the trade minister for leading Indonesia toward self-reliance by reducing the number of cattle imported from Australia and encourage further waste management education nationwide
Indonesian families are suffering from various health issues because of water pollution. Much of this pollution comes from cattle farms along the Citarum river. Thankfully, Indonesia has confirmed that it will halve the number of live cattle imported from Australia in 2013. This is good news for people living along Indonesian rivers. About 25 million Indonesians who use water from the Citarum river every day are affected by the 400 tons of cow manure dumped into the river daily by Indonesian farmers. Fortunately, the amount of manure dumped into the river will likely decrease at the start of the new trade plan. When Indonesia’s plan to produce its own cattle comes to fruition, the trade minister should be urged to use the relationship between Australia and Indonesia as leverage to increase education about waste management.
In addition to the agreement between the two countries about live cattle imports, there are plans to share education and economic strategies starting in 2013. The combination of halving live cattle imports plus education has the power to lower water pollution levels associated with cattle and decrease the severity of disease in the country related to pollution.
Support the trade minister’s decision to halve live cattle imports, which will help Indonesia become a more self-sustaining country. And remind him of the importance of the next step toward holistic sustainability: education.
Dear Trade Minister Wirjawan,
I applaud your decision to halve the number of live cattle imports in 2013. Decreasing the number of cattle imported will strengthen Indonesian’s independence by giving Indonesians the opportunity to produce their own cattle. Your dedication to developing Indonesia as a more self-sustaining country will help Indonesians take pride in their land.
The decision to become a more self-reliant country strategically framed with educational campaigns about proper waste management has the potential to alleviate widespread diseases attributed to cattle manure in the Citarum river. The mutual education and investment relationship between Indonesia and Australia will be a strong factor in furthering the postive impact of this plan.
I support your decision to increase social and environmental equity by halving live cattle imports and I encourage you to use this new development as leverage for an educational campaign that will teach cattle farmers, and other polluters alike, how to properly manage waste.
[Your Name Here]
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