5 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Orangutan

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Orangutans are great apes that inhabit the dense rainforests of Borneo (in Malaysia) and Sumatra (in Indonesia). The name orangutan is derived from an Indonesian word that literally means ‘people of the forest’. Orangutans share 96.4% of their DNA with humans, which makes them very intelligent. With strong hands and feet that function like hands, long arms and flexible hips, they are suited to a life in the canopy of the rainforests. Sadly, the future of these amazing animals is bleak, and they face certain extinction if nothing is done to arrest the drastic reduction in their numbers. From a population of about 230,000 just one hundred years ago, today there are approximately 7,500 orangutans in Sumatra and 41,000 orangutans in Borneo left in the wild. According to some researchers, we are losing more than 2000 orangutans every year.

Habitat loss is the single biggest threat to the orangutans. The rainforest continues to be cleared at an alarming rate for timber and pulp which is used in the paper industry. There are laws to protect orangutans in Malaysia and Indonesia and also internationally, but the destructive human activities of illegal logging, farming (especially palm oil plantations) and mining continue unabated. Other factors that are contributing to their precarious situation include forest fires, illegal pet trade and diseases like Hepatitis B. Here are 5 things you can do to help save the Orangutan:

Educate your family friends and the community about the plight of the orangutans and what can be done to preserve their habitat

It is important to educate your family and friends about the serious situation that faces the orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo. There are numerous educational documentaries and videos on the subject that you can show them. You can also join other animal activists in the campaign against destruction of the rainforests. There are also conservation websites which detail various ways that you can chip in to help the orangutans.

Boycott foods, cosmetics and other products made using palm oil

When people buy food and the many cosmetic products that are manufactured using palm oil, they are directly affecting the lives of orangutans and other endangered animals that live in Sumatra and Borneo. Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, and the increasing demand for the oil has accelerated the destruction of the rain forests throughout the world in order to make way for the profitable palm tree plantations. Malaysia and Indonesia, which together account for up to eighty five percent of the world’s palm oil production, have been most affected by this.

Adopt an orangutan virtually

There are conservancies that offer innovative ways of learning about orangutans and how you can support the conservation initiative. For instance, with only 120 dollars a year, you can virtually adopt a wild orangutan in Borneo’s Kutai National Park. You can give a virtual adoption packet to an animal-loving family member or friend. This is a fun way of fundraising while at the same time learning about orangutan conservation.

Go green

By recycling or purchasing recycled products, you reduce your overall carbon footprint and contribute in conserving the rainforests and our planet as a whole. Other important lifestyle changes that you can make to help conserve the environment include driving less, buying products with less packaging and generally throwing away less waste.

Use the social media to post and share information

Many, if not all, of the organizations that engage in orangutan advocacy have Twitter and Facebook accounts. By following their pages and sharing the posts and photos in their pages, you will stay abreast of the latest important issues and news relating to orangutan advocacy and conservation efforts.

Of Cookies and Coffee

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If there’s one constant guilty pleasure that you know you cannot resist for the life of you, it’s girl scout cookies. Once again the Girl Scouts of America have come together, hitting up every grown-up they set their eyes on with the sole purpose of increasing our already ballooning waistlines and tug at our heart (and purse!) strings. We just can’t resist it! And they know we can’t take just one box.

I guess the Girl Scouts of America were definitely onto something here, and boy are they onto us! You know you can’t resist just a single bite of their light and airy Thin Mint, or delectable Tag-Alongs. These little boxes of heaven, peddled along by just the cutest little future sales representatives will make even the grouchiest old bitty melt and reach for their purses to buy some boxes to wolf down on.

Being grown-ups (yeah, right!), we know and appreciate a good box or two goes well with our own version of ambrosia, COFFEE. Absolutely nothing goes better with these finger delights than a good cup of joe, and because we’re still on a sugar rush, and not done with our cup yet, we’ve concocted a list of what particular delicious treat goes well with what cup of the good stuff.  For better coffee owning the best coffee machine is definitely a great idea, if you are looking for one you can check out giga 5 review and for different brand you can read about it here.

Thin Mints have a light minty flavor that goes well with Coffee sourced from Central America. They have a consistent, washed Arabica Coffee and are known for their Nutty, smooth chocolate citrus flavor

Tagalongs go best with single source Costa Rica brew. The coffees of Costa Rica are known for being full and heavy-bodied overflowing with a rich and sweet note unlike any other.

With Samoas, we recommend Colombian Coffee particularly from the Huila region. The coffees are generally grown at very high elevations in the Andes. Extreme balance, caramel and toffee notes, perfect acidity and crisp, slightly fruity finish that round out these exquisite coffees. We dare you to eat just one piece.

You just can’t go wrong with Trefoils or Shortbread. Shortbread just goes perfect with almost any brew. Trefoils in particular is just fantastic with coffee that offers an organic sugary note. If you have to go with anything particular, Tanzanian blends have full bodied, tastes and a lower acidity that go well with these babies.

Rah-Rah Raisins are complimented by the creamy caramel taste of Kivu and Rwandan blends. They both have that tart raisin taste that go down the gullet really well.

Ethiopian blends with their fruity notes and with just a hint of cranberry and lemon like acidity goes absolutely well with Cranberry Citrus Crisps. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Do-si-dos are just a delight. One can say that one bite may lead myself to opening up another box, just to satisfy whatever is raging for more inside me. Paired with a nutty and crisp Costa Rica blend hits just the right spot.

Savannah Smiles may not be on everyone’s list but when paired with blends from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, you just might get hooked on these bad boys.

Lemonades go really well with Mexican Coffee from Chiapas. Its known for their heavy chocolate and toffee notes that contrast the sweet and sour taste.

A Lot of what may be listed may sound too heavy for the average joe six pack. Girl Scout cookies may be as simple as mundane as they come, but it’s highly addicting! And we’re here to help you out to make the most of every bite. The Girl Scouts of America are on to us, knocking on our very door, ready to stuff us down with their delectable delights. The best we can do is make the most of it by selecting the best possible coffee to pair it with. Cookies and coffee? All’s right with the world.

 

Baby Orangutans Playing In Borneo!

Guidelines For Girls Scouting Safety

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Every girl in scouting is accountable for emotional and physical safety of girls. Guidelines for remaining safe when involving in activities are explained in the checkpoints. Read those checkpoints, stick to them and share the points with other girls, parents and volunteers prior participating in activities with girls. Each group should possess two approved, unrelated volunteers present, with extra volunteers are required, based on the size of the group and the abilities and ages of girls. Everyone should have completed eighteen years of old and should have finished the screening process and have carried the relevant adult training program prior volunteering.

Details of the activity:

When an activity occurs that are exterior side the usual place and time, advice parents and guardian of the information of the activity and get permission for volunteers to participate. Improper touching, sexual advances and sexual activity of any type with girls are forbidden. Verbal, physical and emotion abuse of girls is prohibited. Work with adults and girls to make and practice methods for emergencies associated to fire, weather, site security and lost adults and girls. Keep handy an ideal first aid kit, health history forms and family contact details of each and every girl. When transporting girls to thought girl scout trips and other process that are outdoor the usual place and time, each driver should be an approved volunteer and contain a good driving history, an insured and registered vehicle, a proper license.

illegal drugs:

Insist that all girls in a legal seat and use the seat belt and stick to state laws about booster seats and needs for kids in rear seats. Make girls to be away from house by participating them in planning hence they understand what to anticipate. Prevent getting men sleep in the similar place. When parents are staffing program, daughters must stay in quarters with girls instead of in the staff areas. Do not use illegal drugs. Do not use smoke, take alcohol or avail foul language in front of girls. Alcohol is not allowed at the occasion where the key goal is girl program. If they are present in the place where alcohol is given, they should be supervised by the responsible adult who is not taking alcohol.

Online safety:

Do not take firearms, or ammunition in the presence of girls. Protect the girl’s emotional safety by making a team contract and training girls to respect it. Agreements usually motivate behavior such as honoring diversity in opinions and feelings, resolving conflicts completely and preventing verbal and physical bulying, discrimination and clique action. Girl scouts invites all members and it does not matter about the background, ethnicity, race, family structure, disability, social economic status, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Guide girls not to put the full names or any contact details online. Educate girls the online safety and get them stick to it. At the time of Girl Scout goods sales, you are liable for the girl’s safety, cash and products. While representing girl scouts, they cannot involve in money making activities that show partisan politics or that are not accepted product efforts and sales.

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