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Hello Yeti, nice to meet you. Please tell us a bit more about you and your life. And what are your interests?
Hi, I'm a yeti. I am 23 years old, and now I live in Kasepuhan Cirompang, Cirompang Village, Sobang District, Lebak Regency, Banten-Indonesia. I've been busy lately teaching chemistry online. I teach at a private high school in West Java. In addition, I also teach private online chemistry lessons for my students in Yogyakarta.
I am also actively involved in the indigenous youth community in Kasepuhan Cirompang and connected with the RMI-Indonesian Institute for Forest and Environment. Recently I started to be engaged in Relawan 4 Life as a follow-up to the SPORA (short course of environmental volunteering for social change).
I love painting and all things related to art. From a young age, I liked to scribble on all my textbooks with pictures that weren't very good-looking now. I started seriously developing this hobby after the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. For me, painting is a way of expressing what I feel through my work.
Why is this environmental issue important to you?
Environmental issues need special attention because we cannot be separated from the environment in which we live. You can imagine when we ignore environmental issues, there will be many negative impacts that we will feel in the future, even as soon as possible.
What are the most important issues for children related to the environment and climate change in your community/country/region?
Climate change in Indonesia also has an impact on unpredictable weather changes. When the weather is uncertain, children and teenagers are usually susceptible to diseases such as flu.
What are you doing to protect the environment?
When we are at home, my family and I always burn plastic waste so it doesn't accumulate and pollutes the environment, even though actually burning plastic will produce CO gas which has an impact on the depletion of the ozone layer. As for the plastic waste used for coffee sachet packaging, we collect it to use as handicraft materials.
Can you share with us a good children and youth activity happening in your community or country to help or protect the environment?
In the indigenous youth community that I follow, we hold tree planting activities in customary forest areas, such as kluwak trees, to protect springs.
You are working quite hard to protect your environment! Do you also have a personal dream?
I want the next few decades, the earth I live in now will not get hotter and worse. I always hope the planet is fine.