ABC Melbourne’s snooty breakfast drama queen Jon Faine seems to be struggling on his journey from Melbourne to London with his son Jack.
From the moment we started, the single overriding impression of Indonesia is of pollution and rubbish. The place is just one great tip.Â And no one cares. Just one example – we are looked at like we are weirdos because we bother putting empty drink bottles in to rubbish bins.
On ferries, everyone throws styrofoam, plastic, paper – anything – off the side into the sea. No one even looks sheepish about it. It is totally normal. Streets are coated in crap. Drains are choking with plastic.Â Fires burn everywhere, adding to the most foul exhaust belching into the street from every second truck or bus. Black, dense, choking clouds, soot so thick you can chew the air. Add to the mix the haze from swarms of two-stroke motorbikes.
Why has the worldwide concern about the environment had no apparent impact here? Al Gore where are you? The absence of even any environmental consciousness is glaring.
What a joyful travel companion he must be.