National blog day for the environment

15 10 2009

My Global Event Reports could not miss today. Today is national blog day for the environment, so I’m adding my tuppence worth to the thousands of other blogs on this crucial subject and debate.

In harmony with the climate change campaign, there is a pressing need to stop the deforestation that is occurring around the world.
• Our rainforests are the world’s lungs.
• Less trees means more pollution and climate change.
• Millions of species will be lost forever
• Seventy-five percent of plants found in the rainforests contribute to medical solutions.
• Of the many endangered species one is the Orang Utan. Unless we do something today, UN scientists have stated they could be extinct by 2012.
• The orang utan population is declining because the jungle environment is burnt and logged and their food sources lost.
• Ideas to tackle the problem of rainforest destruction are being discussed by the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
• It may take 10-15 years to make a real difference. By then it will be too late – that’s why we need to take action today!

OrangFruitMy particular interest is to help the island of Borneo, as within their rainforest they house some of the most rare and unique animals in the world. Their world is changing fast. Logging and timber trade as well as farming such as palm oil plantations are destroying their home while illegal hunting and animal trade is killing them. Many rainforest animals will be extinct in the next decade.

Orangutans have lost 90% of their habitat in the last 20 years. They’re an endangered species, declining at a rate of around 4,000 a year. There is a total remaining population of less than 45,000, in the wild. In Sumatra, the situation is even worse, with numbers amounting to only 7,000.

As mentioned above, illegal logging and the deliberate starting of forest fires in order to convert virgin forest to timber and palm oil plantations are the main factors responsible.

Orang utans breed more slowly than any other primate, producing a baby on average once every 7-8 years. This makes the population extra-vulnerable to loss and accelerates the decline in numbers.

Orang utans are an important species for conservation. They play an key role in the forest’s regeneration through the fruits and seeds they eat. Their disappearance, via extinction, may represent the loss of thousands of species of plants and animals within that ecosystem.

There are many charities campaigning to stop clearing the rainforest for palm oil plantations. They are also working to stop the illegal hunting and selling of baby orang utans but it is all taking time, and it may be too late for the orang utans and the other animals and people living in these forests.

This is where technology can play a vital role. Via the internet information and education can quickly be disseminated. Many charities are leading their own education in schools and also the much needed fund raising to save these animals.

I believe learning about the rainforest is now part of the existing UK and some international curriculum requirements. However, I hope any school worldwide will have an interest to consider a rainforest/orang utan project.

On a broader scale, there is a lot of teacher support material available on the various orang utan charity websites as well as the Prince’s Rainforest Trust focus at rainforest preservation. One rewarding campaign is that of raising funds to adopt an orang utan. Children at schools can help raise funds, learn about the issues facing orang utans, and then receive regular newsletters from the various charities that provide updates. The project can assist children in English (writing protest letters, developing stories, debating issues etc), Geography and ecological studies.

I hope teachers and parents will use the opportunity to extend their children’s knowledge and appreciation of the orang utans and world’s rainforests and how their future affects the future of our planet.

The world’s remaining forests are essential to the well being of the planet. The key to a healthy planet is biodiversity – saving orang utans helps to conserve the countless other amphibian, bird, mammal, reptile, insect, plant and other species that live in the rainforest.

“Future generations are depending on us. ” Prince of Wales


New kids book with environmental message to save Borneo’s animals

9 10 2009

New illustrated children’s story about an RAF “radio man” working in the jungle of Borneo that features

– Environmental facts and figures for the island of Borneo

-Information on endangered orang utans and “how to help” links

-Offer of a free pdf document for placement on your website.

This document is aimed at children and educators.Orang Utan

With all the current debate on environment / climate changes in the media,  I’ve been spending time researching the huge number of challenges we face.  I was talking to my 6 year old twin sons about the plight of the animals facing extinction risk in Borneo, and they responded by saying, “Mummy, we have to do something”. If children this young believe this is important, then I hope you will consider how you can make a difference. As I am sure you will agree, everyone can make a contribution to help the issues our world is facing today. It doesn’t matter how small that effort might be, what’s important is that we take action today.

My action over the past two years has been to write a light-hearted kid’s story, that is based in Borneo. I hope that when kids read this short novel it will ignite their interest to learn more about this unique island. Not only are regions like Borneo impacting global climate change but their people, animals and plants are battling with a multitude of issues, not least extinction.

My request is simple. Can you please arrange to place this document on your website, perhaps under a “kids section”. Or feature it on your blog. Or pass on to your kid’s teachers. The document has been written and is aimed at children aged 7 years and above and their parents/teachers. I’m currently sharing this information with a number of interested parties and the wider we can secure distribution the more chance of awareness and action. I’m also working with local schools to encourage them to use this document to spearhead “adopt an organ utan” programs in their schools. In addition, I have written a couple of short stories “Radio Ron’s Postcards from Borneo” aimed at the under 7 years age group. These stories will be added on YouTube with music and audio to assist young children to read. Again, this series can also be made available to you for placement on your website.  The document is being translated into other languages (in progress: Italian, French, Danish) – would be delighted to receive offers of free translation into other languages.RAF Helicopter

The issues facing the island of Borneo are real. Unless we can lobby governments to change deforestation policy, outlaw hunting/selling of animals and prosecute their buyers, persuade businesses to reduce the palm oil farms and stop the logging/burning that occurs the future of all the rare beautiful animals and plants on the island of Borneo will be bleak.

If you care about these problems, please consider to help spread the word and use my free material to assist in this important promotional work.

I thank you, and the orang utans and their island will thank you!