Sustainable Fright on Halloween Night

Are you excited for Halloween? Chances are, this scary yet sweet holiday means you’ll be scanning the shelves for your favorite candy in a couple of weeks. Did you know that Americans buy more than 300,000 tons of candy in the week before Halloween alone? You will undoubtedly contribute to that number, but you can make a difference by buying palm oil free.

Look for and avoid ingredients containing the letters “glyc,” “stear,” “palm,” or “olei”- these usually indicate derivatives or aliases of palm oil. In order to spread the word throughout your community, print and pass out our Halloween Handouts, handy 4-per-sheet postcards with all the information your neighbors need to know about palm oil. You can make a difference for orangutans and other rainforest-dwelling species this Halloween just by becoming an educated consumer.

In the video above, Gigi Finn, our founder, describes the palm oil issue and what you can do to help this Halloween as she passes out Handouts on a popular trick-or-treating avenue in her hometown. Happy Halloween- and scare sustainably!

A orangutan swings trough his enclosure
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Thank you for saving the rainforest today!

~The Orangutan Gang

North American Association for Environmental Education

Today, I received an email from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). I posted my lesson plan on eePRO, their environmental education development site, on Tuesday, and it had been undergoing moderation. The email read:

Thank you for submitting content to eePRO. An administrator has approved your post. Your post is now published, and you can view it here:

Thank you for contributing to the eePRO community!

The Orangutan Gang Palm Oil Lesson Plan has officially been posted online on the NAAEE site! Please visit the link in the email to see the lesson plan materials online.

~The Orangutan Gang

International Orangutan Day

Happy International Orangutan Day! Today is devoted to educating the general public about how to help save the orangutans and the tropical rainforest they call home. Today, you can help save the rainforest by trying to use and buy only palm oil free products. If you are visiting the market, check the labels on your choices, looking for anything containing “palm”, “stear”, “laur”, “cetyl”, or “olei”. Check also for cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Be a sustainable consumer today, because the rainforest is counting on you!

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~The Orangutan Gang

The Impact of the Batang Toru Dam

In the rainforests of Indonesian Sumatra, in the midst of the only remaining habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan, the Chinese hydropower company Sinohydro is clearing forest to make way for the future home of the Batang Toru Dam. The Tapanuli orangutan is strictly arboreal and has never been observed to touch down to the ground. This species was discovered less than a year ago, and we must do all that we can to protect the 800 remaining individuals in the wild. The Batang Toru Dam would fragment the Tapanuli population with roads and power lines, and as even a forest clearing is a barrier to arboreal species, these orangutans would not survive such separation.

Only if we work together to stop Sinohydro can we save the Tapanuli. The Rainforest Rescue petition needs 15,619 people to reach 250,000 signatures at the time of this post.

Albert Einstein believed that “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Do not stand by and watch Sinohydro destroy the homes of some of your closest relatives. You can help save the Tapanuli orangutan.

Thank you for your devotion to the rainforest.

~Gigi Finn
Founder, the Orangutan Gang

Sumatran rainforest destroyed for dam
This is the extent of deforestation in Tapanuli habitat as of August 9th, 2018. Retrieved from