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The green pattern of trees that supposedly revives the air of Jakarta along the MH Thamrin protocol road, General Sudirman, Rasuna Said Kuningan, and Gatot Subroto have been tumbled due to the modernization of development. It is recorded that the number of casualties is as follows: 9.350 trees in Jalan MH Thamrin and Jalan Jendral Sudirman for infrastructure of Asian Games 2018 including Simpang Susun Semanggi, 1,670 trees again Jalan MH Thamrin and Jalan Jendral Sudirman for pedestrian restoration (pedestrian path), and added again 2,551 trees along the LRT line ie Velodrome Rawamangun, Gatot Subroto and Rasuna Said. The total recorded was 13,571 victims.
How many victims of the trees were overthrown in Jakarta means the lungs of the city and greening the city of Jakarta is facing serious problems. Trees that function as a provider of clean air and absorb carbon dioxide have been reduced.
Based on DKI Jakarta government regulations, cutting down one tree should be replaced with ten trees at a location not far from the logging site. It seems difficult to apply this when it comes to the infrastructure of betonization, most likely to increase the development of a public park or RPTRA near the infrastructure site, if land is still available. If not possible then the aridity will occur at the location of the victim tree that got a replacement tree.
On this day commemorated as World Tree Day, every November 21 becomes an important moment that the right to get clean air from the greening trees for the citizens of Jakarta becomes an expensive item. Trees as a source of clean air and environmental balance will always be easily subverted and replaced with new trees when dealing with infrastructure projects. In the condition of the green open space of Jakarta which is very small too, uprooting the tree is always the first choice.
A fairness when a pedestrian community, the Pedestrian Coalition rejects the pedestrian restoration by the Government by permitting the removal of trees and the removal of trees. Pedestrians along the way of the protocol will prefer to ride online transport in hot times because the shady green trees no longer shade the pedestrian path. The pedestrian path becomes alienated by the touch of tree life, only betonization.
So important is the tree's role in human life that a super-rich and worldly pilantropist, Warren Buffett once said, "Someone is sitting on the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
Jakarta, November 21, 2017