Explorers Club Public Lecture Series with Alex Shoumatoff
Alex Shoumatoff's new book, The Wasting of Borneo, his eleventh, is about the destruction of the world’s most ancient and species-rich rain forest — Borneo’s lowland rain forest — by the palm-oil and logging industries. In 2012 he visited Birute Galdikas and the orangutans she has devoted her life to, in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. This fall, peat fires from rain forest cleared and burned for conversion to oil palm plantations, raged for months and thousands of orangutans died of starvation and smoke inhalation. In 2013, he camped for ten days with one of the last bands of semi-nomadic Penan hunter gatherers in Sarawak, the heart of the island, which is being devastated by logging. Few Americans are aware that the greatest destruction of biodiversity on the planet is happening here, and that we are implicated. Half our household products contain palm oil.
Ticket price includes Cocktail Reception, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres and the Lecture.
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Lecture