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IMAGINE-3: A birthday wish for Bastian

April 22nd, 2020

It's a special day. Not only because its a birthday of my son, it is also an Earth Day.

So here we are, camping in Kaliurang highland of Jogjakarta, fully furnished.

Yes, fully furnished because windmill is everywhere in this mountainous area and in our tents we have all modern convenience: laptops on, coffeemaker on, and getting the electricity flow through our tents as easy as plugging in our power cable to power slot on secured ground-terminal.

Since 2015, Jogjakarta had its city's electricity needs totally powered-up by sustainable sources from the mountain: both Kaliurang's windmills and geothermal energy from Merapi volcano.

Jogja's local government decided to invest and harness both site as power source after Bastian Teune, a sustainable energy expert, convince Indonesia's energy minister to leverage Indonesian's natural assets on renewable energy as energy source instead of relying on conventional petroleoum/diesel/coal power source. Tenths of volcanoes converted to geothermal energy, and many of inhabited hills converted to a rainbow of windmills painted in different colors by the youths -- they called it "PowerPunk".

Because of his work, Bastiaan received a Kalpataru award from President of Indonesia last year.

"Happy birthday to you.. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Bastian.. Happy Birthday to you..." we sang Bastian a birthday song.

Yes, I named my son Bastian -- he was born in 2016 and no inspiring name that I could think of when I pick a name to my son that year than Bastian.

I blew the candle together and send my wish..

"I wish, my son can be the next Bastiaan Teune in his generation.."

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