If Only Al Gore Was an Indonesian
Posted October 15, 2007on:
Al Gore just did it again, he shared The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. No surprise. His movie The Inconvenient Truth has grabbed people’s attention from all over the world and made us realize how serious the climate-change problem for the planet earth that we are living in. His movie tells us that earth is suffering from people’s arrogance in exploiting natural resources too excessively. If we don’t change what we are doing to this earth right now, our grandchildren may not be able to see what we can see now, explains Al Gore. He bravely blames the Bush’s administration for abandoning the Kyoto Protocol because Bush said it would harm U.S. economy. This world needs more politicians like Al Gore.
Today, we can see that this world is seeing more and more people who have big concern on environmental issues from climate change, forest burning, animal extinction, to natural disasters. More politicians, artists, and celebrities have joined the movement to save our mother earth. Some famous names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Bloomberg (New York City Mayor), Leonardo Dicaprio, and Orlando Bloom have commited their time and energy to promote the importance of living green. The earth is crying, they say, and it wants us to reach out and help. But, it is sad to know that Indonesia, as always, has not yet become the part of world’s movement to save the earth, maybe because we are just to greedy. We are losing our elephants, tigers, orang utans, and rhinos every single day, yet no one seems to care not even our politicians who think that sleeping during a meeting is fine. We are burning 2.5 million acres of forest every single year which makes us the third biggest carbon dioxide producer and no one seems to pay any attention because our politicians think that debating whether or not their salary should be increased is more productive. We have experienced several big natural disasters for the past few years from tsunami in Aceh and Sumatera, big floods in Jakarta, earthquake in Yogyakarta, to Lumpur Lapindo in Sidoarjo, but no one seems to stand up and speak out the truth since our politicians are still busy lobbying for the next election.
In a good political system, it is the duty of the politicians to offer people with new and refreshing ideas that are important for the society. Ideas that the people don’t think about but are extremely needed by the society to be able to move on and make progresses. Good politicians should be the pioneers of good ideas and thoughts, after all that is why they are called politicians. A question then arises, “How good is our political system?” There is no exact anwer that can satisfy that question, some may say that our political system is good enough and some may say it is even worse than what we had during the Soeharto’s regime. But, despite all the reasons and theories, it is true that Indonesia has been implementing the so-called real democracy for only less than ten years, Indonesia obviously is still learning hardly on how to perform a better political system for the goodness of the people. So, for now it is a sad truth that we can only wish if only Al Gore was an Indonesian.