Indonesia Is Sinking: Urgent Need for Systemic Solutions

This article details one person’s experiences with water problems in an Indonesian village and how her “machete method” may not only solve problems in this region, but in others as well.

Updated: May 14, 2023
Desiree Driesenaar


[Originally published on Medium]

Indonesia is sinking and my heart weeps salty tears. My partner Mike and I are in the village Timbusloko on Java. Oceanic water drops are wetting my cheeks and this is what I see.

“Soon, the windows will become doors”
— Pak Eko, project leader Wetlands International

So, what can we do? How can we deal with these water problems?

Recently, I got an idea for a practical systemic solutions recipe. The Machete Method. I wrote this article about it.

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Systemic Solutions for Drinking Water

Desalinating water

Water Cycle Restoration

Phasing-out Groundwater Extraction

Systemic Solutions for Eroded Coastlines

Systemic Solutions for Impenetrable City Surfaces

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    Desiree is an entrepreneur and top writer on Medium for sustainability and climate change. She has 25+ years of experience in business management and is a regular contributor to The Blue Economy. Passionate about systemic solutions, Desiree actively collaborates with like-minded individuals.
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