Rise of the Eco Warriors
2014/06/22
By : Cynthia Lagrou

The Impact

REW campaign has produced major impacts within months of release. Through international screenings and partner reach, REW is positioned to mobilize tens of thousands of viewers. REW theatrical release in Australia has engaged viewers and over 60,000 students in multiple countries around the issues of deforestation and the environmental effects of palm oil.

Within weeks of release, audiences raised $11,000 for a new high school and wildlife clinic in Tembak and $300,000 for forests and bio diversity projects around the world. Additional funds have been raised toward Palm Oil Challenges and an Orangutan adoption program.

REW educational program provides DVD's, study guides and educational resources to embed into school curriculum's. Themes include: climate change, deforestation, wildlife conservation, palm oil use, technology, youth finding solutions, permaculture, renewable energy, and community development.

Students who become DeforestAction agents and Earth Watchers have the exciting opportunity of using the first satellite monitoring system for deforestation. DeforestAction proposes a new solution that taps into the potential of near real satellite time monitoring using human computation techniques, linked with immediate action on the field in order to halt deforestation. These solutions go beyond traditional (political) reports, that are limited to analyzing and reporting the forest changes but fail to prevent it.

Comments from students who have seen the film include,"This movie was amazing. I learned so much and now I feel more committed to do something to help the environment." Students realize that small changes can make a big difference. "After today I know for sure I am willing to make a change and STOP Palm Oil plants by simply changing the brands of food I buy to non palm oil based products, even a small change like this could make a big difference in the lives of Jojo (an orangutan) and her friends." "We humans are planting oil palms and destroying the home of the orangutans. We are living in one world but we have no idea what's going on with it. There are parts of the world which are endangered and endangered animals are loosing their homes.With small changes we can save these animals and the forest."

To date, the film has been screened in cinemas throughout Australia, Bali, Indonesia, Singapore, Holland and has received an overwhelming response from audiences (several sold out screenings, a standing ovation in Byron and 220 primary kids in Brisbane putting their hands up for the Q&A). The film was screened at the Green School in Bali with Jane Goodall, and is also continuing to team up with the Bali-based band, Navicula. Dubbed the "Green Grunge Gentlemen," Navicula combine songwriting, performance and activism to draw attention to Indonesia's environmental and societal injustices.They have recently released a video clip for their song "Harimau! Harimau !" directed by Riri Riza and produced by Greenpeace Indonesia.

Be part of the story and make a difference by supporting a film that inspires viewer action and leverages measurable impacts on multiple fronts. Viewers, artists, sponsors, philanthropic visionaries, and equity investors are needed to help this project reach its maximum potential in the U.S. and beyond.
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