Rise of the Eco-Warriors

rise-of-the-eco-warriorsA group of passionate and adventurous young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orangutans.

The stakes are extremely high. At a global level, we are witnessing one of the most intense conflicts in human history  the march of ‘progress’ and the pursuit by an elite few to conquer nature to ensure human comfort and short-term profit at the expense of our natural world and the future of life on this planet. In this story, it is the forests of Borneo, the Dayak communities and the orangutans who’s futures are at stake.

On the island of Borneo, vast areas of pristine rainforest are slashed and burned each year to make way for palm oil plantations. The vegetable oil from the oil palm is used in many of our everyday foods, cosmetics and cleaning products. Large-scale deforestation is pushing orangutans to extinction, along with many other native species of Borneo.

Jojo, an orphaned baby orangutan, is entrusted in their care and they must find a way to return her to her forest home. To do this, they need to build an orangutan rehabilitation centre and work with the local communities to protect their forest. They start a reforestation nursery and create a musical education show for local schools. Under the guidance of their mentor Dr Willie Smits, they introduce an innovative satellite monitoring system called Earthwatchers and enlist the help of school students around the world. The system is put to the test when the bulldozers move in and threaten the future of a nearby community living in a traditional longhouse.

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