The corporate giant Menara Group planned on turning Indonesia’s indigenous Aru Islands into a sugar cane plant. The project would have destroyed rainforests, generated CO2 and disrupted inhabitants’ sources of income. College student Collin Leppuy appealed to a church minister from a nearby coastal city. In a span of eight months, the two spearheaded a grassroots campaign that generated enough local, national and global pressure to halt Menara’s catastrophic plans.
What did Menara do next? It obtained land rights in a nearby province, where its scheme to create one of the country’s largest oil palm plantations seems destined to succeed.
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