Thunberg proved 'we are not alone', say young Indonesian tree planters

(Reuters News, 24 Jun 2019) Drawing inspiration from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, about 1,200 young people and community volunteers planted more than 2,500 trees nationwide on June 22-23.

Thousands of young Indonesians have spearheaded a three-day mass tree-planting drive across the sprawling archipelago in an effort to fight climate change and stop deforestation.

Drawing inspiration from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, about 1,200 young people and community volunteers planted more than 2,500 trees nationwide on June 22-23 for Indonesia's Heartland Project.

Indonesia is the world's biggest producer of palm oil and environmentalists blame much of the country's forest destruction on land clearance for oil-palm plantations.

"We are motivated by our love for nature," Christnanda Gresdivitra, a 16 year old student from Palangka Raya told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Monday.

"In Central Kalimantan, a lot of forests already disappeared because of deforestation," he said. "Young people have a responsibility to restore our forests again."

Indonesia is home to the world's third-largest expanse of tropical forests, but forest fires and haze blight many parts of the country each year.

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Reuters News, 24 Jun 2019: Thunberg proved 'we are not alone', say young Indonesian tree planters