Climate Hero: Sumarni Laman

Growing up in this lush island landscape in Indonesia, Sumarni Laman fights for her home’s survival as the coordinator for Youth Act Kalimantan and heading The Heartland Project.
Climate Hero: Sumarni Laman

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As global temperatures increase, the fire season in Kalimantan has grown longer and more deadly, destroying biodiversity, homes, and livelihoods for local communities. Growing up in this lush island landscape in Indonesia, Sumarni Laman fights for her home’s survival as the coordinator for Youth Act Kalimantan and heading The Heartland Project, which raises awareness about forest health and tree planting.

A child of the trees

In the Indigenous Dayak village of Kampuri in Kalimantan, Laman grew up surrounded by rainforest trees with orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, and tropical hornbill birds as her neighbors. The forest was home and where her community found food, water, and spiritual nourishment.

Yet, at just six years old, Laman experienced her first wildfire. Her mom and siblings used their small buckets to throw water on the flames while Laman’s grandfather dug ditches around their house to keep the fire away. In such a remote location, help was far away.

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