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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The petition sounds like a great idea. As soon as it is up it will definately get spread very quickly and lets hope it helps to get Luna home safe and sound.
On a different note, I saw on the news this morning that a parlimentary hearing here in Australia is happening today on palm oil labelling. There are many people speaking for it including zoo's, supermarkets and orangutan activists. Lets hope that this passes through government so we can definately know which products we can stop using to save our orange brothers.
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 5:53 PM
Though I'm sad to hear about Luna, I'm so warmed to see so many of you being so proactive and doing something about it - you are truly amazing people.
Another petition site that might be worth launching on is www.care2.com - I get a lot of petitions emailed to me from them.
Also might be worthwile making a separate Facebook Cause for Luna (Deforestaction already have a cause on this
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 5:39 PM
Folks, updated link here for the imgur album of 11 very recent pictures of Luna. the previous link I gave allowed for public editing of the pictures/captions. This one doesn't: http://tinyurl.com/3vdd6mq
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:32 PM
Thanks for the update Steve. I will get on the circulating now. It's great that we can do something from the other side of the planet, even if it's frustrating that we can't do more! Poor Luna, and my best best wishes to her and everyone that knows her. This must be so hard for them.
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:20 PM
If perchance you are reading this, a BIG high five to OrrieAnotan the "Stuffed Monkey" and Taroona High School (barely two suburbs away from me!) who are leading the DeforestAction individual and school points tallies! It's fantastic (though not surprising - this Aussie state is a logging-environmentalist dichotomy) to know that Tasmanians are so disproportionately represented here =)
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:19 PM
Tom - here is an imgur album of the recent pictures of Luna. Please feel free to circulate this widely: http://imgur.com/a/s1fnY#uB1gI. Post it to everyone you know, *particularly* if they work in the region or have any connection to the conservation/animal husbandry communities. Thanks for your suggestions too! Rich and I are in close contact and he gave us the green light on the phrasing already as well as extra details to include. One thing he and I are waiting on is for morning to hit in Indonesia so that we can contact the team to get a cell phone # for an anonymous tip-line. Many of the major petition sites don't allow for the editing of text after a petition is posted, otherwise I would post immediately as all other information is in place and ready to go. As for a Skype call, I'm not sure that is necessary at this point. OO, with the help of COP and JAAN, have truly mounted a full-on search and rescue operation. If people can circulate this petition (once it is finalized with a cell # in Indonesia) via all social media avenues they can, I think we will have done what we can. Happy to Skype with you guys anyway though!
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:15 PM
Latest update on kaskus : http://tinyurl.com/3cn2fsv
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 2:02 PM
Hey guys, Just got home from work to an influx of emails! Amazing work getting a draft petition, description and pictures ready in such a small period of time! Dan, I love the petition. Very concise, informative and gives off an air of urgency! My only comment would be that we could add some simple actions that people/organisations could do to spread the word and spread the search (e.g. "please send this on to your friends, family and families of friends" or "please email us back to inform us of any local organisations/groups/individuals that you think could help us with the search). After all, the more people we spread out to, the better.
I very much agree with Steve- we should definitely check with numerous people about the phrasing and content before we start spreading the word.
Perhaps after that, we can coordinate a Skype call to coordinate where we go next? (it might be a little difficult, all being on different time zones?) or else create a google doc or something to brainstorm?
Could I get those photos by the way Steve? [email protected]
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 1:49 PM
I have updated the message on kaskus : http://tinyurl.com/3tzp68p
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 1:44 PM
[Shameless Plug] Speaking of petitions, I just signed the Stop Timber Corruption petition to freeze Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) Chief Minister Taib Mahmud's assets (backed by the Bruno Manser Fund): http://www.stop-timber-corruption.org/
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 1:41 PM
Dan I sent you some final details re: contact information, the offer of a reward, etc. Rich and I are all set - I'll wrap this up given that it's very late in your timezone. By your morning I'll have a final petition for TIG's collective review and Dino's translation. Thanks again for your efforts.
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 1:33 PM
Updated draft: http://bit.ly/eEx6sA || Now awaiting feedback from Rich and several other details || Goodnight world.
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 @ 1:20 PM
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