Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed
in the last 20 years
Orangutans are native only to Indonesia and Malaysia
Dr. Willie Smits is a rainforest inventor who has revolutionized reforestation techniques and policies worldwide and is also the world’s most prominent protector of orangutans and their natural habitat. As founder of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and the Masarang Foundation, he has consistently worked to address the root causes of deforestation by addressing the relationship between the animal world, our planet, and humankind.
Kodi Twiner is a 24 year old force to be reckoned with.
Between working for various NGOs such as Greenpeace, Rainforest Information Centre and Positive Change for Marine Life, Kodi is studying for a Bachelor of Contemporary Music in Lismore, NSW.
Kodi is outrageously passionate about the environment and protecting the wild places of the world.
“From the moment I discovered this project, I knew I was meant to go. I was focussed on nothing else from that moment. Borneo was this raw, challenging, transformative experience that tore down so many perceptions I had about the world.” Despite growing up in a highly industrialised town in Queensland, Kodi believes in people power and the monumental structural change that can occur once an idea infects the collective human consciousness.
“All throughout history, humans have created change that was once thought impossible. I’ve had enough of the doomsday approach. Never before have we been in an age of such opportunity, with access to endless information at our fingertips. People are mobilising and organising. The revolution is all around you. Your choices matter, you matter. Get involved and go where the fight takes you!”
Shadrack Kalasa is a young Kenyan Youth Activist who lives in Mombasa City. He is fun loving, hardworking and Volunteers at the National Youth Parliament of Kenya informing young people on Millennium Development Goals. Currently a member of the national executive of the Kenyan Youth Parliament, Shadrack is currently a project assistant with the Kenyan Red Cross. He has studied at the Post-Graduate level Corporate Leadership and Governance. Shadrack was awarded ‘the bronze navigator award’ by the President Awards Kenya for Leadership and Organizational skills and his greatest achievement was representing Kenya in the 5th World Youth Congress in Turkey (2010) and contributed to the ‘Istanbul Action Plan’, which highlighted issues that young people face all over the world.
Visit Shadrack’s TIG profile.
Tom Smith was raised out in the sticks in the UK, in the only village in Europe that doesn’t have a pub. For a youngster, this isn’t too much of a worry though, and he spent most of his childhood swimming in brooks, collecting fossils, and looking after his pet donkey that he rescued from the circus. He’s always had an affinity for the environment, sustainability and behaviour, and has just finished studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, which he balanced alongside his passion for activism, photography, wheeling and dealing old bicycles, and staring up at the incredible universe.
Tom has been a keen eco-activist, attending Copenhagen climate summit, organising an event which taught hundreds of young people the skills to tackle climate change, and setting up a photography exhibition in London on sustainability and the urban environment. He also helped to build the foundations of an eco-tourism site in Java, Indonesia.