WBEZ | Borneo http://www.wbez.org/tags/borneo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rainforest Rescue Coalition aims to protect global forests http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/segment/rainforest-rescue-coalition-aims-protest-global-forests-99688 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/founders%20RRC%20web.jpg" title="Founding members of Rainforest Rescue Coalition, from left: Marykate Sperduto, Adam Bauer-Goulden, Ross Sullivan, and Willie Heineke. (Photo by RRC)" /></div><p>Each Thursday, we turn to our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment to hear about someone working to make the world a better place. This week we&#39;re spending time with the<a href="http://rainforestrescuecoalition.org/"> Rainforest Rescue Coalition</a>.</p><p>Adam Bauer-Goulden, Marykate Sperduto, William Heineke and Ross Sullivan are met as students at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Now as college students they all study some aspect of environmental science. Last year the friends formed a nonprofit called the Rainforest Rescue Coalition with a mission to &ldquo;conserve and protect rainforest land around the world and to support sustainable relationships between humans and nature.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Us8F9Lidr6o" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Baur-Goulden shared some of the journey with us:</p><p><em>We felt bombarded with the constant news of environmental and socio-cultural destruction, like so many of today&#39;s youth. So we decided to found RRC and get directly involved in conservation efforts. We teamed up with the Rainforest Conservation Fund, a Chicago based not-for-profit organization working successfully on rainforest conservation issues in the Peruvian Amazon since 1988.</em></p><p><em>We all love biking, so we decided to raise money and awareness for conservation initiatives with the &quot;Ride for the Rainforest.&quot; This month [May 2012] we rode 325 miles from Sturgeon Bay, Wis. to Chicago. Lots of people&hellip;sponsor[ed] our dedicated riders&hellip;[T]he trip was a great success!...Not only did we raise much needed monetary support for two great causes, we also spread awareness of environmental issues to hundreds of people, who will hopefully tell hundreds more people. I think that environmental education is one of the most important aspects of conservation. One of the best parts of this experience was seeing the posters that a middle school green club made to raise awareness for rainforest conservation and knowing that we helped to support young budding environmentalists.</em></p><p><em>Fifty percent of contributions will purchase and protect land in the endangered <a href="http://rainforestrescuecoalition.org/?page_id=78">Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest</a> on the island of Borneo, home to hundreds of the last wild orangutans on the planet. Orangutan populations have plummeted 50 percent in just the last ten years and 90 percent of all remaining orangutans on Earth live in the besieged forests of Borneo.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><em><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/orangutans%202%20WEB.jpg" style="float: left; height: 251px; width: 300px;" title="Baby and mother Orangutan (Photo by Orangutan Foundation International)" />The Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest is a 6,400 acre (ten square miles) remnant peat swamp forest that is currently owned by a family of indigenous Dayaks. The land owner, Pak Kukuh, is constantly pressured by timber and palm oil companies to sell his land, but he has decided to sell it to the Orangutan Foundation International instead so it can be preserved forever.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>The land is home to a variety of amazing animals, such as some of the last wild orangutans, clouded leopards, sun bears, proboscis monkeys, and gibbons. Some of these animals are found nowhere else in the entire world! The forest is also an extremely important carbon sink and its extensive peat holds thousands of metric tons of carbon&hellip;Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, &quot;To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.&quot;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>The other fifty percent of contributions will fund a sustainable agroforestry program for the native communities living in the buffer zone of the <a href="http://www.rainforestconservation.org/archives/1140">Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo</a> communal forest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon.</em></div></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 09:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/segment/rainforest-rescue-coalition-aims-protest-global-forests-99688