When he lived in Bangladesh, Islam Rockybul, or Rocky, would help his village plant 10,000 trees a year. Growing up, he had learned about climate change on the National Geographic television channel. From his home, he had watched the reports about rising sea levels, dying animals and burning forests. In his own village, he had seen people felling trees without ever replacing them.

“It really made me hurt,” he says. “How do we destroy our ecosystem, and the atmosphere as well?”

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Meerabelle Jesuthasan

Meerabelle Jesuthasan is a journalist and fact-checker from Singapore.

Charis Loke

Charis is an illustrator based in Penang, Malaysia. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she makes pictures that evoke wonder and curiosity. As a member of Arts-ED, she also works on community arts and culture education programmes for youth. Her work can be found at http://charisloke.com.

Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at charis.loke@newnaratif.com