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Curbing deforestation in Borneo: Microsoft

AvantiKumar | Dec. 1, 2011
Software giant Microsoft Asia Pacific together with TakingITGlobal backs 15 young 'Eco-warriors' in the jungles of West Kalimantan, Borneo.


 Issue of epic proportions

"Faced with an issue of epic proportions, DeforestAction exemplifies the power of student-centred learning demonstrating that students can be leaders in driving positive change and learn the skills they need to shape a better world," said youth community TakingITGlobal co-founder, Michael Furdyk. "This programme is a breakthrough in driving 21st century teaching and learning methods focused on problem-solving, cross-cultural collaboration, global citizenship and entrepreneurship."

One of the 15 Eco Warriors, Paul Daley, said, "The scale of the challenge has never been bigger, but with an increasingly connected world our mission to gather an army of millions of passionate young people becomes a living possibility. The creativity and implementation of solutions will need to surpass the intensity of this unprecedented deforestation that, if left undealt with, will lead us down a path of climate instability, biodiversity collapse and ultimately a diminishing quality of life for our children, who will ultimately inherit this planet from us."

"We saw great beauty and generosity in the forests and indigenous people during the 20 days in West Kalimantan. We also heard many first-hand accounts of injustice, and often wished we could instantly transmit and relay our experiences to our networks and the rest of the world. Technology, combined with on-the-ground action, will be essential for this project to succeed. We would love for more students and teachers to join us through web seminars, EarthWatchers, as well as our social media sites," said Neo Chai Chin, an Eco Warrior from Singapore.

As part of the initiative to involve students worldwide in the forest conservation effort, a competition is being held where Action Agents who raise US$5,000 and recruit 500 members to their Action Hub by Dec. 31 this year are eligible to travel to Borneo and spend 14 days on the ground with the Eco Warriors in 2012.

The 15 Eco Warriors will return to the jungles of Borneo for 80 days early next year, where they will put their plan to action.  To find out more on DeforestAction and/or to sign up to be part of the programme, please visit


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