Indonesian activist uses fairy tales to fight coastal erosion

This Indonesian environmental activist uses fairy tales to fight coastal erosion

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) ENVIRONMENT AND MANGROVE ACTIVIST, SAMSUDIN SAYING: "When I decided to make this travelling fairy tale, it was my hope that the children I meet could become heroes for their environment, heroes for saving Indonesian rare animals, Indonesian forests and preserving mangroves in our country."

Samsudin uses puppets to illustrate how conservation efforts

could help rebuild mangrove swamps and reverse coastal damage

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) ENVIRONMENT AND MANGROVE ACTIVIST, SAMSUDIN, SPEAKING TO HIS PUPILS, SAYING: "One of the functions of mangroves is that it can act as a barrier to the strong waves from the ocean when it grows up, so waves will not destroy the land, as there can be a lot of damage on land caused by those big waves."

Samsudin also works with a team of environmentalists

who plant mangrove saplings in affected areas