My name is Gigi Finn, and this is my story.
When I was 6 years old, at the University of Nevada, Reno (you might ask what I was doing there; I was going to a Summit for gifted children), I was alerted to the destruction of the rainforest by a girl with strength, kindness, and most importantly a lot of determination–determination to save the orangutans. Her name was Emma Freedman, and she was standing at a booth selling magnets, bracelets, and palm oil free lollipops. My mom and I took one lollipop, one bracelet, and one magnet. I ate the palm oil free lollipop and kept the magnet. Emma spread the word about this issue to me and to many others at the Summit. I am sorry to say that I ignored the subject until I was 7 years old. Around this time, my parents reminded me about the orangutan problem. I made a presentation for my class and the class nextdoor explaining the issue. I handed out flyers to everyone in the two classes. From then on, I spread the word to everybody I could. For example, for Halloween 2013 I handed out flyers to all of the people passing out candy. I dressed up as Birute Galdikas, the orangutans’ hero, weaving around the usual assortment of kids dressed as vampires, ghosts, and book characters.
Twenty Thirteen was the beginning of my effort to save the orangutans. In November, I started this blog– the Orangutan Gang– to boost the effort. Since then, I have become a 2017 MaPD YS (Making a Positive Difference Young Scholar) and then a Class of 2019 Young Scholar Ambassador. I believe that if everyone contributes to the effort to save the rainforest, orangutans will be able to keep their invaluable habitat and much of the affected wildlife will begin to thrive. Today I am 13 years old, and I stand in defense of orangutans!