BEKASI — An Indonesian man is walking more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country's capital to raise awareness about deforestation.
Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition on July 18 from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant volcano in East Java province that has been affected by deforestation.
The 43-year-old is expected to arrive in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday. He hopes to meet President Joko Widodo, and ask him to re-plant trees on Mount Wilis and elsewhere.
"I'm doing this to raise people's awareness of deforestation," Bastoni told The Associated Press on Thursday when he reached Jakarta's satellite city of Bekasi, about 22 kilometers (13 miles) east of the capital. "I need the president's support to help reforestation efforts, hand-in-hand with other communities."