Praise Smog-Fighting Initiative


Target: Joko Widodo, President-Elect of Indonesia

Goal: Praise Indonesian lawmakers for approving a smog-fighting pact

Indonesian lawmakers approved a pact for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to combat smog pollution. Indonesia’s participation in the pact completes the full participation of the member countries of ASEAN in its anti-smog initiative.

Smog and its overarching detrimental effects on the environment is a prevalent issue, especially in large cities like Jakarta, Indonesia. Slash-and-burn forest clearances contribute tremendously to smog pollution and cause heavy smoke and elevated pollution levels. Slash-and-burn forest clearing is an agricultural method that consists of cutting down and burning off vegetation to clear forest land for farming. This not only causes a significant increase in pollution levels, but also considerably depletes the affected area’s wildlife and feeds into the vicious recurring cycle of land erosion.

In 2002, the ASEAN introduced a pact to combat and regulate haze pollution. Indonesia was the only country out of the 10 member countries of ASEAN to not ratify the agreement. Now, many years later, Indonesia has agreed to the pact. This will bring about many government-ordered regulations on the amount of slash-and-burn forest clearing that is permitted in the country, and will set caps on the pollution permitted by factories.

Indonesia has been criticized in the past for its passive view on regulating the forest fires that occur. The government has had to dispatch military and police officials in an effort to water-bomb and contain the fires caused by the slash-and-burn farming method in Indonesia.

Large-scale efforts, such as the smog pact between the ASEAN, are vital to ensure the reversal of pollution’s effects on the environment. Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s President-elect, has promised to enforce strict regulations to fix the haze problem in Indonesia.

By signing the petition below, you will be thanking the officials of Indonesia for agreeing to the pact. Doing so not only increases the health of the citizens of Jakarta, but also contributes to the global fight against pollution.


Dear Joko Widodo,

Reading about Indonesia’s recent ratification to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pact was quite encouraging. Smog pollution is a proliferating global issue, and the initiative of the ASEAN to combat this issue as a large political and economic organization will surely make a great positive impact on the environment. As I’m sure you are aware, smog pollution has devastating effects on our planet, including poorer human health, polluted water, and loss of wildlife.

Thank you for signing the ASEAN pact. The full participation of the members of the ASEAN in the pact against smog pollution is very much appreciated and will hopefully help protect our environment from pollution.


[Your Name Here]

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