I spent my childhood summers in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. My brother and I whiled away every waking hour exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods surrounding the old gold rush town of Blue Canyon.
In my twenties, I returned to our tiny cabin there, only to discover that illegal logging had torn my childhood stomping ground apart. I was completely devastated.
This vivid memory makes it especially hard for me to stomach what's happening in Indonesia’s rainforests today, where runaway logging is tearing down the forests that orangutans—our closest relatives—call home. An entire species driven to the brink of extinction to make way for palm oil plantations that feed America’s junk food addiction? This is insanity.
The good news, Dwijendra? We can do something about it. By supporting Rainforest Action Network’s fight against rampant palm oil expansion, you can help protect rainforest habitat for endangered orangutans like these.
For the last four days of 2011, a special group of donors will match your gift to RAN dollar-for-dollar, which means you can instantly DOUBLE your contribution to the survival of humankind’s closest relatives.
Not surprisingly, orangutans aren't the only victims of runaway deforestation in Indonesia...we are.
Indonesia has the third largest rainforest in the world. Due primarily to deforestation, it's tragically become the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, threatening our global climate. As you can see, keeping Indonesia’s forests standing is critical not only to the survival of orangutans, but to you and to me.
Rainforest Action Network understands the gravity of this moment. RAN’s skilled forest team is working diligently on the frontlines with allies in Indonesia while strategically confronting agribusiness giants like Cargill in the U.S. to ensure these rainforests, and all those who live within them, survive for many generations to come.
Please give a tax-deductible donation right now—so that RAN has the means to stand up to the planet’s biggest rainforest destroyers—and your gift will be instantly DOUBLED.
I often question if the next generation—especially my own daughters—will get to experience the innocence and wonder that I enjoyed as a child exploring the wild woods at Blue Canyon. It is in part this vision that drives my activism, my writing, and my commitment to RAN.
Join me this year in supporting the work of an organization that has the courage to put a wrench in the gears of runaway industry, the wisdom to stand shoulder to shoulder with Indigenous allies, and the heart to speak up for species teetering on the brink of extinction—Rainforest Action Network.
Thank you for all you do for the world’s forests, creatures and climate.