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Indonesian man walks backwards for 435 miles to save the forests

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Published on August 5, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

Indonesian man walks backwards for 435 miles to save the forests

An Indonesian man has embarked on a task of walking backwards for more than 435 miles.

He hopes to raise awareness for the devastation left by deforestation in his journey to Jakarta, and get a symbolic seed from President Joko Widodo.

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Indonesian man walks backwards for 435 miles to save the forests

A man in Indonesia is walking 435 miles backwards from his hometown to the capital to raise awareness of the devastation caused by deforestation.

Medi Bastoni wants to meet President Joko Widodo to help him start a reforestation movement on Mount Wilis, a volcano in East Java province where his hometown is located, which has been hit by deforestation due to residential development.

Carrying only snacks and water in his backpack, Bastoni checks his mounted rearview mirror constantly for obstacles.

Walking at least 12 miles per day, he hopes to arrive in Jakarta on Independence Day on August 17.

Bastoni hopes his journey will help educate the younger generation to care about the forest and the environment.

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