Do you know the feeling when something hits you like a ton of bricks? You're shaken to the core and you cannot believe you've never heard of this before? Yes, I've been there a couple times. And while it's sometimes hard to take in the truth, I also find it to be necessary. Because only if we know reality for what it is, can we begin to change it.
That's why I'd love to invite you to watch this brilliant documentary by Deutsche Welle with me. It's about the Citarum River in West Java which was recently named the most polluted river in the world - thanks to over 500 textile factories that dump tons of toxic waste water in it every day.
What really moved me was that the Citarum - which ends into the Java see less than 100km East of Jakarta - is the source of irrigation and drinking water for over 35 million people. The high concentration of colorful toxic waste is linked to increased cancer rates, skin diseases and slow development in children.
And it affects all of us! If you live in Indonesia, because these toxins - as the scientists in the documentary will tell you and cannot quite believe what they see (!) - make it into our food in really dangerous concentrations. If you live outside of Indonesia, because the factories along the Citarum river most likely supply some of the biggest fashion retailers in your hometown.
If you decide to watch the documentary, I'd love to hear from you. What struck you the most, what do you think we can do to make things better? As always, I'm only an email away :)
Stay safe and stay kind,