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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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    TomSmith says:

    Hello eco-superstars! Inspired by this wicked viral campaign (www.mygreenfinger.org), I've set a task for us. It's called "trees a crowd" and the basic idea, similar to mygreenfinger is to draw a tree on your hand and take a photo of it. The idea is to involve our supporters, friends, families and networks in the project, and eventually, once we have collected enough, send it off to important people to show them our forest! Check out the thread at http://discuss.tigweb.org/thread/445651 and take your photo now! It's fun and easy! Also, let's use the incredible networks we have at our fingertips (no pun intended!) to get others involved in DeforestAction and TakingItGlobal!

    Posted on Apr 3, 2011 @ 8:08 PM

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    ChristieLee says:

    thanks for all the link guys, very interesting and informative!
    good luck to everyone entered!

    Posted on Apr 3, 2011 @ 6:35 PM

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    williemm says:

    I'm being terribly impatient-- I submitted my video almost three days ago and it has not been added yet. Am wondering if I made a mistake, or perhaps there was just a huge influx of videos to sort through. In any case, I am excited to start promoting it!

    Posted on Apr 3, 2011 @ 6:19 PM

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    TiraMayaMaisesa says:

    orphaned orangutans, their story and how to save them... check it out: {{PGEgaHJlZj0iaHR0cDovL3d3dy5zZmdhdGUuY29tL2NnaS1iaW4vYXJ0aWNsZS5jZ2k/Zj0vYy9hLzIwMTEvMDQvMDIvTU5VUjFJNFRNVC5EVEwiPmh0dHA6Ly93d3cuc2ZnYXRlLmNvbS9jZ2ktYmluL2FydGljbGUuY2dpP2Y9L2MvYS8yMDExLzA0LzAyL01OVVIxSTRUTVQuRFRMPC9hPg==}}

    Posted on Apr 3, 2011 @ 4:43 AM

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    StevePatriarco says:

    Update re: my last post. The World Bank has officially lifted its moratorium on palm oil investments. This is very big news folks. I'm finding my colleagues in the orangutan conservation and indigenous peoples' rights communities are already very split on this one. Check it out:


    More detailed article here:


    Posted on Apr 2, 2011 @ 8:07 PM

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    TomSmith says:

    Hey guys,

    As a psychologist, I'm very interested in methods of communication methods. There has just been a great release from Futerra (a great communications agency that works on sustainability) about biodiversity.


    a read!

    Love Action = Public change
    Need Action = Policy change

    Posted on Apr 2, 2011 @ 7:21 PM

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    peteoneill says:

    Another article about Project Borneo 3D!

    Posted on Apr 1, 2011 @ 7:03 PM

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    StevePatriarco says:

    Speaking of the devastation of Sarawak, here's a rare but AWESOME victory that will make you smile. A community in Malaysian Borneo just seized an oil palm plantation belonging to the IOI Group after the palm oil giant failed to respect the terms of a court ruling that the plantation was established on native customary land. Just look at their pure elation! Young and old, men, women and children alike!


    Posted on Apr 1, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

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    whereisfabrice says:

    satellite images always put into perspective what's really happening...
    Check out the devastation in Sarawak forests HERE

    Posted on Apr 1, 2011 @ 7:07 AM

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    williemm says:

    WHOA! Shawn Thompson, the author of The Intimate Ape, has invited me to be a contributor to his blog intimateape.blogspot.com. I am proud to be writing amongst them, a small group including Dawn Forsythe and Dr. Gary Shapiro!

    Posted on Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:32 PM

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    peteoneill says:

    Article about the project and myself:

    Posted on Mar 31, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

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    Crazygran says:

    Keep up the good work guys

    Posted on Mar 31, 2011 @ 6:36 PM

Entry Dates

Submissions (open):
Dec 4, 2010

Submissions (closed):
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Dates

Voting Starts:
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Ends:
Apr 10, 2011


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

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