Technical College High School FFA Advocate for Orangutans
FFA students at the Technical College High School recently visited the Philadelphia Zoo. There they learned about the possible extinction of orangutans due mainly to habitat loss and peoples’ every day use of palm oil.
“Orangutans, which some scientists believe are second only to humans in intelligence, could be the first great ape to go extinct if swift action isn’t taken to conserve their rainforest…“ Eliza Strickland.
Through their interest in the plight of the orangutans, students decided to further the message of environmental conservation and responsibility. Students began by researching the issue of orangutan habitat loss and its direct connection to the use of palm oil in various products from shampoo to cookies.
To educate others about these issues, students are holding informational presentations for their peers and the community. A Prezi presentation swill be shown in the cafeteria and Bridge Café through the end of February.An online petition will be available for students and visitors to sign in support of the use of Sustainable Palm Oil.Educational bulletin boards will explain why orangutans are loosing their habitat and the importance of becoming an informed consumer, buying from companies who use Sustainable Palm Oil.FFA students will also partner with Early Childhood Education students to provide activities for young students in the Preschool and Head Start programs.Through their educational campaign FFA students hope to make a difference in Sumatra and Borneo where orangutans are loosing their homes and lives.