Rescuing Orangutans in Need Exhibit: Stevens Memorial Library , North Andover, MA
Dec 21, 2018 | By: Matilde Simas
Extremely thankful to the Stevens Memorial Library staff for all the help and North Andover CAM's Susan Martin for a great interview during the opening reception for my photography exhibit, Rescuing Orangutans in Need on Saturday.
Thrilled to hear, three days after the installationevery children's book on Orangutans and Indonesia had been checked out. Charlotte, head children's librarian, said "there has been quite a few children and parents who have enjoyed the exhibit and found it intriguing." It was great to talk to both children and adults alike about the impact of palm oil production on our environment at the opening reception.
So thankful to each and everyone of you who came to the show! Thank you, Stevens Memorial Library. It's been an honor to represent North Andover in a community institution that I value so much.
Photographs will be on display at the ground level Community Room at Stevens Memorial Library from Dec. 2-Dec. 30th.
Baby orangutan and its mother wrestling in the Leuser National Park on November 13, 2017. Did you know the Sumatran rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse areas on our planet today, is being bulldozed for palm oil plantations and agriculture? This is a serious threat to the wildlife and endangered species of the Sumatran rainforest.
Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary landscape located in Northern Sumatra. The “Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary” is a conservation project created by the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) to give wildlife sanctuary in Sumatra. Fundraising effort to protect and conserve more than 50 hectares of rainforest land in Sumatra.
Well over half of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia. This has come at incredible environmental and agricultural loss. The solution is not to demonize or stop what has become the livelihood for so many in the country, but to stop permitting the further clearing of rain forests and commit to sustainable palm oil production. We can also be more cognizant of how much palm oil we consume here in the west and recognize that we are indeed feeding the demand.
While the current situation in Sumatra is dire, there is still hope for animal and landscape rehabilitation.With the efforts of organizations like the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), it is possible for the deteriorating trend to be reversed and conservation to expand.
North Andover CAM's Susan Marin interviews Matilde Simas at the opening reception for "Rescuing Orangutans in Need" at the Stevens Memorial Library on Dec. 15, 2018.
Jack Jacobson from the Stoney Brook Camera Club discusses photography and wildlife with Matilde Simas during the opening reception of "Rescuing Orangutans in Need" at the Stevens Memorial Library on Dec. 15, 2018.
Two young impressionable minds, Sophia (age six) and her sister (age two) look at the image display during the opening reception for "Rescuing Orangutans in Need" at the Stevens Memorial on December 15, 2018.
Ron Carpenito from Keller Williams Realty, Inc. at the opening reception with Matilde Simas says. "Thanks for sharing your work and experience with our town! VERY informative and impactful, I had no idea!!"