Newsletter 2020.3

We are proud to announce the release of our sixth newsletter, Issue 2020.3! This issue’s theme is educating others, and includes information about exciting upcoming events, an online palm oil lesson plan, and the Orangutan Gang’s new Etsy page. You can also take on a rainforest challenge, learn about the new Intersectional Environmentalism movement, and check out an interview with Michelle Desilets, the Executive Director of Orangutan Land Trust. Sign up today to receive our newsletter via email.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Conservation Clips!

Over the course of this summer, The Orangutan Gang released a series of videos on Instagram TV with detailed information about orangutans, palm oil, and conservation. These Conservation Clips provide an excellent ten-minute crash course about palm oil and how you can become a changemaker, and they’re now available to watch on YouTube!

After you finish watching these Conservation Clips, you’re prepared to become a changemaker and Orangutan Supporter. Take our pledge to join The Orangutan Gang and help save orangutans!

Thank you for saving the rainforest today.

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

Intersectional Environmentalism & Black Lives Matter

The new Intersectional Environmentalism movement encourages conservationists to take part in the fights for social and environmental justice. Image credit: Leah Thomas

Intersectional Environmentalism is a growing movement calling on conservationists to commit to addressing environmental and social justice issues within the framework of sustainability. Intersectional environmentalism operates on the following tenets:

  • No environmental organization should minimize or silence social and environmental justice concerns.
  • Social and environmental justice are a fundamental part of sustainability.
  • Working to promote environmental and social justice does not mean that environmentalists are unable to focus on “other issues” like conservation of wildlife or habitat.

After reading Leah Thomas’s article on why environmentalists need to be actively anti-racist, I was inspired to amplify The Orangutan Gang’s response to both the Black Lives Matter and the Intersectional Environmentalism movements. Social justice as well as environmental stability are pillars of sustainability, and as conservationists we need to look beyond our narrowed viewpoints to promote a more holistic view of sustainability activism. This includes within the framework of the palm oil issue.

The fight for palm oil sustainability is also a fight for social and environmental justice, both for workers on palm oil plantations who experience human rights abuses and are not provided adequate worker protections and for Indigenous communities whose homes are disrupted by plantations. Aiming for sustainable palm oil means that we are aiming not only for palm oil produced without threat to rainforest and endangered species, but also for palm oil produced equitably for everyone involved.

You can learn more about Intersectional Environmentalism and why conservationists should support social justice and Black Lives Matter on the Intersectional Environmentalist website.

Thank you for saving the rainforest and pressing for environmental justice today.

Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director

International Orangutan Day

Image Credit: World Orangutan Events

Today is International Orangutan Day, a yearly event dedicated to raising awareness and support for critically endangered orangutans. And this year, orangutans need our help more than ever as the palm oil industry continues to relentlessly destroy their rainforest home.

Today is a day to take action. You can help save orangutans using any of the methods below.

  • Contact companies. You can pressure companies to improve their palm oil policies by contacting them with a form letter or signing a petition.
  • Raise awareness. This can range from large commitments like info booths and webinars to small, everyday actions like sharing information with your friends or on social media.
  • Educate yourself. Learn more about orangutans in the video linked below.
  • Educate others. You can use resources like our new online lesson plan to educate students in your community about palm oil, orangutans, and conservation.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn, Founder and Director