For the first time in 15 years, I’m leaving. I’ll be gone for over two weeks. I don’t think I’ll be thinking about work. I’m going to be immersed in a different world–a beautiful and endangered land where orangutans and others are suffering and dying as their habitat is destroyed.
The focal point of the trip will be the orangutan sanctuary at Camp Leakey, located inside Tanjung Puting National Park (which itself is under threat.) I’m bringing antibiotics and syringes for the orangutans at the sanctuary. And I’m bringing a laptop for Dr. Birute Galdikas, who has been studying the orangutans since 1971 and is now fighting to save them.
May I bear witness for these denizens of the rainforest upon my return.
Quick progress update: Just wanted all my blog readers to know that I am now officially car-free!
My 2002 Toyota Prius with 45,000 miles has now been sold.
The car sold for $9,400 to a young actuary. I am a little nostalgic for it. My Toyota was a good car, but it couldn’t transcend its genre. It was generating greenhouse gases and other pollutants, just like any other car.
My next decision is how to donate the money from the car. I’m still trying to learn about the rainforest crisis in Borneo. What is the best way to go? Here are the organizations I am researching:
The World Land Trust (land acquisition)
The World Land Trust just acquired 220 acres of land in Malaysia. I’m hoping to speak with them tomorrow about their next steps.
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
RAN is putting pressure on US agribusinesses to stop purchasing products like palm oil from producers that are destroying the rainforest.
The WWF has been the primary moving force behind the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is producing palm oil that is grown without damaging the rainforest.
Over the next few weeks, I will get touch with these organizations to decide where I should donate the money from the car (and other money as well).