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DeforestAction: Project Borneo



25 young leaders have been selected for the pioneer DeforestACTION project aimed at protecting forests, working with local communities and saving orangutans.








DeforestACTION is a global action project involving millions of students from around the world who want to play an active role in stopping deforestation. The project is supported by TakingITGlobal and Microsoft Partners in Learning. We've teamed up with acclaimed conservationist Dr. Willie Smits to create awareness about the destruction caused by deforestation, restore a full forest eco-system and provide a sustainable livelihood for the local community.


Award-winning production company Virgo Productions is developing a 3D feature documentary about the project in collaboration with National Geographic Entertainment. Shooting will take place over 100 days in Borneo. Cathy Henkel, (The Burning Season, The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face) will produce and direct 100 Days in the Jungle: Project Borneo 3D, to be shot by acclaimed cinematographer Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Wolverine) and Paul Nichola (Cane Toads: The Conquest 3D). A TV series is in development with National Geographic for the second 100 days.


DeforestACTION is selecting 12 young team leaders to lead this global action project - and feature in the 3D movie. Submissions and voting for the applicants have now closed!


A short list of 50 was announced in early May. A top 25 was announced in early June.


All 25 will have a leading role in the project. A smaller group will head to Borneo in September for an orientation and reconniassance trip to meet the local communities and assess the scale of the challenge. They will return in February next year for 80 days to implement their action plans. Throughout the project, they will connect with the world though the web, providing updates to the millions of students across the globe who are responsible for developing and driving the project.

 

 

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    quynhdiep412 says:

    They'r impressive. It's so sad that I didn't know it earlier...

    Posted on Oct 30, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

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    paul says:

    "... the very process of the restoring the land to health is the process through which we become attuned to Nature and, through Nature, with ourselves. Restoration ecology, therefore, is both the means and the end, for as we learn how to restore the forest, we heal the forest, and as we heal the forest, we heal ourselves."
    Chris Maser - 'Forest Primeval'

    Posted on Jun 18, 2011 @ 9:41 PM

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    cgaut5 says:

    Met Action Anna's mother yesterday on the Sunshine Coast while at a conference - Such an inspirational 6 year old! Check out her blog to see what she has been up to! http://actionanna.tigblog.org/post/4767731

    Posted on May 28, 2011 @ 1:01 AM

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    dansync says:

    I have lost 19 recruits on my Hub page, and I have noticed that many other action agents have, too. There does not seem to be any particular pattern, but something is definitely amiss. Can someone please investigate ASAP? =)

    Posted on May 27, 2011 @ 6:33 AM

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    schumacherp6 says:

    hey just a FAQ, when will the top 20 be announced?

    Posted on May 23, 2011 @ 1:14 AM

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    chijinco says:

    all the best to every contestants

    Posted on May 22, 2011 @ 11:50 PM

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    chijinco says:

    all the best to every contestants

    Posted on May 22, 2011 @ 11:46 PM

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    Kodivine says:

    I love the wonderful people who are donating their dollars to this cause!

    Posted on May 12, 2011 @ 7:22 AM

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    Dinolefty says:

    Good Luck for every action agent :) Let's Support each other for better world

    Posted on May 11, 2011 @ 12:28 PM

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    rhyannabryan says:

    Congratulations to the Top 50! I'm sure you will all do an amazing job! Looking forward to getting over there and meeting you all, if only for 14 days :)

    Posted on May 8, 2011 @ 8:46 PM

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    YvetteTeeselink says:

    I'm so happy too : ) good luck to everybody out there! Big hug from Holland!

    Posted on May 8, 2011 @ 1:03 PM

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    Kodivine says:

    Thankyou so much to everyone who supported my clip and this cause!

    I know so many people out there tonight wishing they were one of the fifty - i feel so grateful to be in the top fifty!

    The excitement is overwhelming, best of luck to everyone in the top 50, I look forward to meeting you at some point in the jungle!

    If you have not seen my clip yet and would like to- please visit my Action Agent Hub and go for it!

    :)

    Thanks so much everyone and also to the judges!
    Cheers, Kodi

    Posted on May 8, 2011 @ 5:00 AM

Entry Dates

Submissions (open):
Dec 4, 2010

Submissions (closed):
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Dates

Voting Starts:
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Ends:
Apr 10, 2011

Status

This contest is closed. Submissions and votes are no longer accepted. (Contest closed Apr 10, 2011)

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