Orangutan Caring Week is a worldwide event held annually every November. It began as Orangutan Awareness Week but it soon became apparent that just being aware of the plight of orangutans was not enough. We need to care...and care enough to be moved to action to save these incredible red-haired apes and their rainforest homes.
You can help to focus attention on the species through your efforts and those of other supporters. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. We want to inform citizens in our own communities of this connection and continue to enlighten local people in areas near orangutan habitat.
Each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here as you and me - maybe even more so.
The combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation, and illegal hunting have pushed the orangutan toward an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild and action is needed NOW to save them and their rainforest homes.
Orangutans live in total harmony with nature, people do not, but we need nature for our very existence. With the climate crisis and a mass extinction threatening the very existence of thousands of animals and plant species - as well as threatening human populations - the urgency of action has never been more important.
It is imperative that we respect the rights of critically endangered species and their right to safe, thriving habitats unbothered by human encroachment and interference.
The clear fact is that we must prioritize the preservation of rainforests and important species like orangutans that live in them for our own survival but the survival of man should not be the motivating factor to save them. Don't orangutans deserve the right to survive on their own merits? Of course they do!
These intelligent, sentient beings have lived in perfect harmony with nature for millions of years yet due to human activity their populations have declined by more than half over the past 60 years, and their habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over just the past 20 years.
At a time when we see little or no respect given even for each other, how do we get people to see how important it is to respect the rights of critically endangered species to exist? Once they are gone, they are gone. How, when man is not even driven to immediate action to reverse climate crisis tipping points to preserve our own futures, do we encourage action to save orangutans and their rainforest homes? It is a challenge!
By saving orangutans, we save ourselves and our life sustaining environment. If we can protect and save this closest of evolutionary cousins and their rainforest homes it would mean we are making the necessary changes to possibly protect all life on earth.
Orangutan Caring Week is a perfect opportunity to spread awareness about the plight of orangutans and the urgent dangers facing their rainforest homes with the goal of motivating people to care – and to care enough to be moved to action!
We need to express our concern and create positive change through activities and initiatives that go beyond mere talk. For some people, learning about the issues for the first time may require discussion and discourse. However, for many people who have been hearing about this species' plight for survival, talk may not be enough...
Action is needed to save the orangutan and their rainforest home.
If ever there was a time to care, that time is now!
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