Campaigns to stop rainforest destruction

This week’s been a hideous week for natural disasters with an earthquake in Sumatra, an under water quake in the Pacific Ocean, a tsunami around Samoa and American Samoa and Typhoon Ketsana and flooding in the Philippines. Thousands of people are dead or missing.

While we can’t prevent natural disasters, we can stop destroying rainforests and minimise global warming to preserve the wonderful world we live in for future generations.

Here’s a couple of outstanding current projects that are gaining momentum:

Orangutan rescue
Orangutans have lost 90% of their habitat – the rainforest – in the last 20 years. They’re an endangered species, declining at a rate of around 4,000 a year. With a total remaining population of less than 50,000 they could be extinct in just over a decade.

Lone Dröscher-Nielsen and the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) team work tirelessly, campaigning to stop clearing the rainforest for palm oil plantations, rescuing orphaned or ill-treated orangutans (who wouldn’t otherwise be able to survive) and rehabilitating them at the Nyaru Menteng orangutan rescue centre in Borneo, with the intention of releasing them back into the wild.

BBC series’ Orangutan Diary with Michaela Strachan helps raise awareness about Lone and the team’s fight to save the rainforest and rescue orangutans, and has made the Nyaru Menteng centre a household name. Next month, November 2009, is the centre’s tenth anniversary and Lone will be sharing her experiences of the past ten years at The Royal Geographical Society in London, the evening of 19th November.

See the flyer and find out how to attend here. Lone will also be signing copies of her new book, From Forest School to Freedom – Ten Years Saving Orangutans.

Prince’s Rainforest Project:
This campaign by the Prince’s Trust encourages everyone to voice their concerns in a ‘Rainforest SOS message’ and create a climate for change.

Play the message from me and some old croakers, here.

~ Orangutan Diary video clips
~ Orangutan Diary – BBC page
~ Prince’s Rainforests Project
~ Rainforest SOS messages by celebrities

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