Climate scientists, high-profile television, film and theatrical works, and ethical business honored with Pongo Environmental Award at Orang Utan Republik Foundation's Annual Fundraiser

22 October 2014- (PRWEB) - Los Angeles, California.   Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. joined leading environmentalists, animal rights activists, and NASA’s climate scientists in Beverly Hills on Sunday, October 19th for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation’s (OURF) annual fundraiser and 2014 Pongo Environmental Awards.

Among this year’s recipients of the 2014 Pongo Awards include, Showtime's “Years of Living Dangerously,” for the series’ work in promoting climate change awareness and education, Professor Michael Mann, one of the most important, resilient, outspoken and courageous climate warriors our time, and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” for the film’s dramatic portrayal of an evolving population of great apes and a devolving population of humans in what could be a possible future based on technology and failure to be good stewards of the planet. Playwright George Shea and actor Mike Farrell were honored for the stage production of “Dr. Keeling’s Curve,” the one man show about Dr. David Keeling, the scientist known worldwide for his work documenting global warming. Finally, Ronna Phelps, owner of Chandler Farm, was honored for creating a palm-oil free beauty and skin care line of products with profits benefiting orangutan groups.

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22 September 2014- Jakarta- Rain Forest Action Network.   In the final weeks of his presidency, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come under massive international pressure to act to protect one of the world’s most biodiverse forests. 

On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York, thousands of tweets flooded the President’s personal twitter account, @SBYudhoyono, asking him to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, as recent studies found Indonesia to have overtaken Brazil in having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Located at the country’s most western tip, the fate of the Leuser Ecosystem rests entirely on the cancellation of an illegal spatial plan drawn up by the government of Aceh province.

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Apes, elephants, rhinos and tigers at dire risk if unsustainable palm oil plantations allowed in Sumatran reserve

22 August 2014 - theguardian.com -  One of the world’s leading orangutan experts has called on Australian food manufacturers to speed up efforts to ditch unsustainable palm oil, warning that the situation “has never been so desperate” for the threatened primates. Dr Ian Singleton, head of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said the apes, with the Sumatran elephant, rhino and tiger, were facing a “major extinction event” due to plans to open up a critical reserve for logging and construction.

 

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3 July 2014- Jakarta, Indonesia.  Indonesia’s presidential candidates expressed aspects of their environmental agenda through their representatives during an evening gathering of news media reporters and nongovernmental organizations. Sponsored by five orangutan advocacy groups (Orang Utan Republik Foundation, The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Conservancy, Orangutan Outreach, and Orangutan Land Trust), the discussion/debate took place at Café Resto, Complex Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, Central Jakarta, Thursday (03/07) and featured Wahyu Widodo, representing the presidential candidate team of Joko Widodo/Jusuf Kalla, and Syamsul Bahri, representing the presidential candidate team of Prabowo Subianto/Hatta Rajasa. 

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1 July 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia.  In advance of the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections on July 9th, a group of nonprofit organizations with a focus on orangutan conservation has teamed up to sponsor a debate and discussion on the environmental position of the two candidates for Indonesia's highest office. Representatives for the president/vice-president teams of Prabowo Subianto/Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo/Jusuf Kalla will face off on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Gallery Cafe Taman Ismail Marzukiin Jakarta from 4pm-7pm.

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