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Dr. Willie Smits is one of the world’s greatest conservationists.  He’s personally responsible for rescuing hundreds of orangutans and other animals in Indonesia.  The founder of Borneo Orangutan Sanctuary (BOS) and other major rescue and rehabilitation centres, takes us on a close up journey into an orangutan rescue in this rare video clip.

It’s an ugly look at the horror of the conditions many orangutans are facing in Indonesia every day.  And this is by no means the worst of it.

Dr. Smits, an Indonesian national is one of the advisors to the DeforestACTION project.  You can learn more about his work here: http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html.   You can contribute to the DeforestACTION project at www.deforestaction.org.

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DeforestACTION at ISTE

ISTE is one of the world’s premiere educational events. DeforestACTION will be featured in the closing keynote.

DeforestACTION will showcased to the education world after being annouced as the topic of the closing keynote at ISTE this year.

Chris Gauthier, a teacher from Queensland’s Cleveland State High School, will take the main stage with Dr. Willie Smits in San Diego, California, to explain the importance of global, project-based learning and DeforestACTION. 

Chris has recently returned from Borneo to witness first hand what the DeforestACTION project is about.  He is also an accomplished teacher, inspiring students in his school and beyond to get involved in projects like Earth Watchers and fundraising campaigns to save rainforest and more.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation.

ISTE’s annual conference and exposition is one of the world’s largest education technology events, and the closing keynote is one of the most high profile slots on the program.

It is expected that the presentation may include some preview clips from the much anticipated upcoming cinematic feature about DeforestACTION “The Rise of the Eco Warriors”, which was recently filmed over 100 days in Borneo by Virgo Productions and partners.

We also expect the new Apps to be announced for Windows Phone, iPhone and Android, which have been managed by TakingITGlobal.

Stay tuned for more.

— ps — I have been offline for several months due to family issues. I’m back online now, so will keep you posted more regularly.

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