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Jakarta Post

Youth Pledge Day: Youth and the faith of our planet

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah and Pratiwi Utamiputri


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  06:16 am
Researchers have identified swathes of lost tropical rainforests as the best places to replant trees, hoping to redress some of the damage done by deforestation and limit climate change.(Shutterstock/Quick Shot)

As the world’s fourth-most populous nation with a significant demographic dividend, Indonesia has yet to balance its human and economic development with sustainable natural resources management. From mobilizing innovative eco-oriented business models, to taking on social media by storm with critiques of certain developmental plans, the youth is front and center in addressing this immense challenge. There could not be a more timely moment to commemorate the impactful youth movement than Youth Pledge Day on Oct. 28, which reminds the young generations of Indonesia to revamp their contributions to this country and planet. On Oct. 28, 1928, youth representatives from many islands of the then-Dutch East Indies vowed to recognize only “one Indonesian motherland, one Indonesian people, and one Indonesian language”. It was a patriotic and symbolic response by the youth to...