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.
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!
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.
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.