One of our founders, Josie, got off the phone with a friend of hers in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Samarni is the coordinator of youth action for Ranu Welum, a foundation that supports Dayak Indigenous people, the caretakers of one of the most ancient, precious rainforests in our planet.
Sumarni was quite emotional. She spoke, through tears, about how young people have been working with professional firefighters to pour thousands of liters of water over immense areas of burning forest and peat, along with handing out protective masks to children. However, there are not enough resources to fight these seemingly never-ending, dangerous, damaging fires. Dry season rainforest burning is a complex issue that we wish to address.
KALIMANTAN DOES NOT HAVE NEARLY ENOUGH ATTENTION, RESOURCES, OR GLOBAL ATTENTION AS CALIFORNIA TO DEAL WITH THIS GRAVE SITUATION!!! We are asking any of our followers, or anyone who sees this post at all to donate to Ranu Welum. The situation is so desperate and any amount of money will help. $5 USD will help Ranu Welum purchase 4 N95 masks and around $20 can help buy a pair of safe fire fighting shoes for those who are standing on searing peat ground for hours helping to fight the fires.
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