Getting my feet fitted for school shoes when I was a kid was a day-long ordeal. The Clarks lady would measure my feet. Sigh. Contort her face, flummoxed. And then measure them again. Yes, I would reply, I have one foot a whole size bigger than the other.
It has taken me a while to perfect the art of the shoe fitting. For many years my poor right foot has been squashed into its shoe; its toes a little crooked from neglect.
But as the earth heats up, my foot is getting bigger, not smaller. And although I cannot be absolutely sure of it, I think my ecological footprint is swelling in Jakarta. Here are the reasons for my hypothesis:
- This year I flew from Sydney to Bali and then Bali to Jakarta. I have booked flights to fly from Jakarta to Bali, Bali to Jakarta, to holiday it up for one week of my leave.
- To escape Jakarta’s stifling heat, I spend most of my time in air conditioning. True, my office in Sydney was air conditioned, like my office in Jakarta. But now that I sleep in an air conditioned room, my overall cool-air consumption has increased.
- I hardly ever catch public transport. My main means of transport around the city is the ojek (motorcycle taxi) followed closely by the cab. And I walk less because of a mixture of the heat, pollution, cracked footpaths and unwanted male attention.
- So many things, even fresh produce, that I purchase are wrapped in numerous layers of plastic.
Now this is just an hypothesis. It will probably prove to be correct because of the Boeing 707 alone.
My footprint was probably average to below average in Australia, and in Indonesia, I assume, I consume more energy than the average Indonesian. Is this true? What are the reasons (excuses) for my bigger feet amid the smaller shoes?
Next Monday (my day to blog), I will deliver my conclusions.