EE 30 Under 30

Recently I was chosen as part of NAAEE‘s EE 30 Under 30, a group of environmental activists and change-makers committed to spreading the word about many different ecological problems. I’m honored to be a part of this growing community! Being a member of the EE 30 Under 30 will also help me advocate for orangutans, help spread the word, and discourage palm oil use in institutions like companies and zoos from a position where my voice won’t be ignored. I’m so grateful to the NAAEE for awarding me this opportunity and to my advisor, Nuntiya Smith, for nominating me!


This year’s 30 winning activists

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~Pangaea Finn

Davidson Young Scholar Summit

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(from left) Orangutan Supporter Audrey R, founder Pangaea Finn, Orangutan Supporter Elizabeth K

Recently, the Orangutan Gang made a special trip to the Davidson Young Scholars Summit to educate families about the palm oil issue and raise funds to help rehabilitate an orangutan. Pangaea Finn, founder, gave a brief speech focusing on the collective impact and her work with a partner, the Davidson Young Scholars Ambassador Program, to a small audience at the Ambassador Panel, and then hosted a merchandise booth in the Exhibitor Hall with several other Orangutan Supporters, raising over $100 in donations and sales of grocery bags and mini orangutan kits. By the time the merchandise booth was closing down, many families had been impacted by our outreach and were looking for more ways to help.

Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~The Orangutan Gang

Newsletter 2019.2

We at the Orangutan Gang are proud to announce that we have published our second newsletter, Issue 2019.2! This newsletter contains information about spreading the word, a few regular features, the latest news, and an exclusive interview with Missing Orangutan Mothers coordinator Holly Draluck. To sign up to receive our newsletter, please check out our Newsletter page; to read this issue, click here!

~The Orangutan Gang

Contact a Company Today!

So much of the palm oil problem rests on the unsustainable companies that use it as an ingredient in their products. One of the most important things that a conservationist can do is to contact those companies and pressure them to change their policies, improving their certification practices in order to decrease or eliminate related deforestation.

Contacting companies may sound hard, but the difficult part is not in writing a letter or making a phone call, but actually getting an environmentally aware response. In my experience contacting companies, even motivating letters may get automated replies or simply no response at all, as evidenced by the story of one Orangutan Supporter who contacted Whole Foods Market (right on page 2).

Even if you’re having difficulty composing a letter, we are happy to help. I’ve written a form letter which you can easily fill in the blanks of and send to a company that is not operating to sustainable standards. Copy from a PDF into a document or email, fill out, and then send, or print and mail, the result.

You can help save the rainforest right now. Click on the link, copy the text, and send to an unsustainable company.

~The Orangutan Gang