Arif Hasyim

San Francisco

I grew up in a lower middle class family in the western part of Jakarta where problems with clean water, pollution and flood control were and still are usual. My family didn’t have enough resources to send their kids abroad to learn another culture. However, my parents at one point signed up with local authorities to host an international exchanged student. Living with someone from a different culture in a relaxed and non-intimidating environment like my own house made me and my siblings learn the different aspects of world cultures without realizing it. As I grew up, I realized how much It had affected me and made me who I am now. For the last few years, during the course of my work, I have learned a great deal about a wide range of renewable energy technologies. I have delved into how the Kyoto Protocol and Clean Development Mechanism are impacting developments in the country and the region. I also have served as an ambassador for the renewable energy industry, speaking to groups in various countries. At conferences and exhibitions, both as casual participant and presenter, I have studied the sustainable development agenda. After all that I have come to realize that with the current regulation and strategy, sustainable development is not sustainable. I want to change that.