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Indonesia's interfaith youths unite to save planet

Those with the greatest stake in the future take action to end the country’s dreadful record on pollution

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Indonesia's interfaith youths unite to save planet

Jesuit Father Alexius Andang Listya Binawan talks about climate change and its impact at a program organized by the Movement of Young People Caring for Waste. (Photo: Katharina R. Lestari/ucanews)

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Indah Lestari, 23, always takes her own tumbler and stainless steel straws when she leaves her boarding house near her campus in the city of South Tangerang in Indonesia's Banten province.

The Muslim student at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University even makes sure to carry her eco-friendly recycled tote bag whenever she heads out to go shopping at the nearby market.

She does it all for a reason. “Environmental destruction in Indonesia is getting worse,” she said. “We can feel its impact. Jakarta, the capital, and its surrounding areas had high temperatures ranging from 35 to 36 degrees Celcius in late October. Not to mention the air pollution due to terrible rush-hour traffic jams. It is very annoying.”

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