Old Man of the Forest
Growing up in a privileged western society its quite easy to be apathetic, especially to what is happening far away. Then one day you see something or hear something that stirs something inside you to push you towards action, to not simply stand by and let it happen. For me I wasn’t sure why but one day the face of an infant orangutan stared back at me from the banner of some website that forget and I’m not sure why, because I’ve seen plenty of baby orangutans before, the big bulging eyes pulled me in and I began to study and research what is happening to these creatures’ homes at this very moment.
I was aware of their dire predicament, but I didn’t know why. I didn’t know that this naturally docile creature which shares at least 98% of our DNA was being pushed to extinction for unnecessary human greed. I guess all human greed is unnecessary, but the destruction of Rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra is occurring predominately for the production of Palm Oil.
Now if your not aware, palm oil which is extracted from tropical palm trees is found in a wide variety of cosmetics and food products. Palm Oil is very cheap to produce, that being the only benefit there are even more negatives to the production of Palm Oil. For one it is extremely high in saturated fat meaning that any food products with Palm Oil can lead to heart attacks and high cholesterol. Plus well the genocide of many many rare and unique animal species is occurring for the production of Palm Oil. The more I read the facts, the more angry I got at the unnecessary destruction of such a rare and unique area of the world.
Indonesia is now the third largest producer of carbon dioxide! Incredible to think how far greed can go. Its incredible to think that even with a billion dollar offer from Norway to stop cutting down their trees they continue, so perplexing. The more I read the more I have become invested in this issue and in the Orangutans….
Called the Old Man of the Forest by the locals due to its uncanny appearance to an elderly human, the orangutan is so much like us its ridiculous. So much like us that hearing countless stories of mother Orangs killed with infants clinging to their backs really makes me sick. Baby Orangutans just like human babies are completely dependent on their mothers for the first few years of their lives. Most of these babies end up being sold as illegal pets, imagine a human child being sold like a pet, being kept in a tiny box :( It pulls at your heartstrings when you see a baby Orangutan missing a hand because her mother was killed by machetes while she held on for dear life. For me it seems inherently wrong to kill a creature that is so intelligent it can use hand tools.
Seeing photos or videos of these innocent docile sentient creatures and knowing what they have been through is what pushes me to help save them from disappearing because of human ignorance and greed. I hope in someway any of the material posted on this blog pushes you to do something to help change our world for better, to not be like all the other apathetic people but to be part of those who do something. Make your voice heard for those who don’t have one, to stand for those creatures who have unfortunately felt the extent of human cruelty for no reason.
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