Gympie woman on a mission to help save the world’s forests
THE film, Rise of the Eco Warriors, so inspired Gympie woman Juliet Nelson that she donated funding towards building a high school in Tembak, Borneo and recently returned from a visit there.
Now, she hopes Gympie people will be inspired too, by the multi award-winning documentary, which will screen in Gympie this Thursday.
The film features 11 young people who tackle some of the world's greatest challenges: the destruction of the world's forests causing climate change and the subsequent threatening extinction to endangered species.
The film shows deforestation damage in Borneo, caused by illegal logging and the unchecked proliferation of palm oil plantations. Many of Borneo's traditional Dayak people have lost their forests, livelihood, culture, even homes, and orangutan habitat is decimated.
"Making friends with these villagers has been wonderful, and witnessing their determination and courage was a privilege and an inspiration I'll never forget," Juliet said.
"It has been a life-changing experience."
Two of the villages featured, Ensaid Panjang and Tembak, have fought to keep their communities and forests.
"The villagers have installed their own mini hydro-electricity supply to their village, are developing eco-tourism and produce income from rainforest products that are sustainable alternatives to palm oil.
"Rise of the Eco Warriors is an absolutely knock-your-socks-off inspiring film," said Juliet.
"Its related Rainforest and Orangutan Protection Projects are inspiring and are empowering thousands of people and the world to become involved.
"School students using satellite technology in the youth-initiated Earthwatchers program have actuallystopped bulldozers illegally clearing pristine rainforest.
"Considering all this grew out of an international environment conference attended by schools from across the Asia Pacific - in which students unanimously voted that deforestation was the most pressing issue they wanted to tackle - that's a spectacular result."
All the money raised from ticket sales will go towards the cause. Tickets can be bought at http://www.whatsoningympie.com.au or phone 5408 2556.
Rise of the Eco Warriors screens at the Civic Centre, Gympie, on Thursday at 7pm.