Screenshot via YouTube (L), Photo of Mt. Wilis via Wikimedia Commons (R) The 800-kilometer journey from rural Dono in East Java to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is no easy one. By car, it would take over 10 hours. Now imagine doing it by foot. Backwards. Medi Bastoni, 43, is doing just that, and for good reason. Bastoni, an environmentalist and father of four, hopes to make it in time to attend the flag ceremony at the National Palace alongside President Joko Widodo in celebration of Indonesia’s 74th independence day. He also plans to ask Widodo for a seed to plant at the foot of Mt. Wilis, East Java, to symbolize the president’s support for rainforest preservation, a move he believes will encourage others to be involved in the preservation of Mt. Wilis . The mountain is currently being reforested after forest fires and deforestation. Here he is passing through Kediri, a city roughly 600 kilometers east of Jakarta: As for why Bastoni chose to walk backwards, he explained to local media he is “‘looking back’ and remembering the service of heroes who have fought for our nation, as well as appreciating what Jokowi has done for us so far.” To […]

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