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A man-made river used to dry up forest peatland is seen in Kuala Cenaku, Riau Province in Sumatra Island, Indonesia File photograph: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images
On the island of Padang, in the heart of Indonesia’s industrial logging country, a group of teenagers pointed to the charred remains of sago palm trees – the remnants of the fires that have scorched the archipelago nation’s lush forests for two decades.
“There’s a sense of anger,” said Alvin (15), who grew up in the village of Bagan Melibur. “The effects of forest burning and deforestation are enormous” for both humans and animals, he said.