At Au Natural Skinfood, we have a special relationship with both animals and humans. So we couldn’t not celebrate any day that involves special animals or special humans. On August 19, 2020, we’re celebrating International Orangutan Day and World Humanitarian Day. We invite you to read on to learn more about why we celebrate these days, and we hope you’ll decide to join us in celebrating them, too.
When it comes to humans, we believe in natural skincare, clean beauty, and sustainability. We focus on a ‘Buy less, DO more’ philosophy. When it comes to animals and environment, we promise that we will always strive for the greater good. As part of that promise, we became the first skin care company in NZ to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute of New Zealand. Our partnership provides an opportunity to connect and contribute to a range of conservation initiatives and projects focusing primates.
International Orangutan Day
Dr. Jane Goodall is a household name for her life’s work in conservation and studying primates. Orangutans are some of the most beloved primates. Yet they are increasingly threatened by human activities, particularly the palm oil industry. Every Year on August 19, International Orangutan Day is held to bring public awareness to the plight of the orangutan and encourage action to be taken.
Did you know that the Sumatran Orangutan lost half of its population between 1992 and 2000? Similarly, the numbers of Bornean Orangutans decreased by 43% from 1996 to 2006. Deforestation has only continued since then. Since orangutans are only found in Sumatra and Borneo, if steps aren’t taken to protect orangutans, we may soon see a world without them in it.
Orangutans live 90% of their lives in the treetops. So deforestation is disastrous for their population. They depend on the trees to forage for food. Although they are mostly herbivorous, they do also eat things like bark and insects. They’ll occasionally eat meat if they can find it. When forests are cleared, the orangutans no longer have places to live and forage. Preserving their habitat, therefore, is critical.
How Can You Celebrate International Orangutan Day?
It’s important to understand how orangutans live and to learn all we can about their species. Why not look up some facts about orangutans and share them with your friends and family? Perhaps visit orangutan sanctuary or an organization that is working on conservation efforts to save the orangutan.
If you’d like to contribute financially, your family can make a donation to an organization that is actively working on preserving the species. You can even adopt an orangutan through Orangutan Outreach. Now, wouldn’t that be a lovely thing to do?
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day also falls on August 19, 2020. The day was first created in remembrance of the lives lost in the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Iraq on August 19, 2003. Among the 22 lives lost that day was Sergio Vieira de Mello. Sergio was the chief humanitarian in Iraq.
The UN first recognized World Humanitarian Day in 2009. Since that time, it has been observed to honor all the humanitarian workers. Especially ones who were was killed or injured while performing their humanitarian work – Like Sergio Vieira de Mello. It recognizes the bravery and sacrifices made by those who put themselves at risk to provide life-saving support and protection to others.
This year, World Humanitarian Day is focused on commemorating those who help others even in the most extreme circumstances; Particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been the greatest humanitarian challenge this year. Often, humanitarian workers must help through conflicts and insecurity in areas that lack adequate access to protective measures.
On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize those who continue to provide food to vulnerable populations. We celebrate those who help refugees and others who have been displaced; who help women who are victims of violence; and who provide healthcare to those in need despite placing themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Such activities are humanitarian feats in the best of times. But continuing to aid those in need in the midst of a pandemic, through natural disasters and often in areas that lack such things as electricity, running water, and safety from conflict and violence is nothing short of heroic.
How Can You Support World Humanitarian Day?
First, take the time to reflect on those who are out doing the dangerous work of helping others despite all the risks they face. Learn their stories and think about ways you can help. If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so directly through the UN website, or you can learn about organizations that do the specific type of work you would like to support and make a donation to them.
Think about the ways you can do humanitarian work in your own community. Remember, the UN has recognized COVID-19 as the most significant humanitarian challenge this year and is working to help stop the spread and help those who are suffering from it. If you choose to engage in humanitarian work, take all recommended steps to avoid potentially spreading the virus.
If you’d like to make it a family activity, brainstorm together about what people you know may need help with or which organizations in your community could use some extra support. Maybe you can drop off some groceries and household necessities to an elderly or immunocompromised neighbor. Is there a homeless shelter that’s running short on supplies? Personal hygiene items are often lacking in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, children’s homes, and the like. At a time when we all need to practice good hygiene, simple gifts of soap, body wash, hand sanitizer, and feminine hygiene products are much appreciated.
Perhaps the COVID-19 crisis has hit your family hard and you can’t afford to donate this year. That’s okay. You can help out in other ways. Many people are feeling lonely due to isolation. Sending a few cards, calling someone you know lives alone, or video chatting can go a long way toward helping people feel like they are loved and connected to their community.
Large problems often seem insurmountable, but small changes add up to huge results. If you lead by example, people will follow, children will learn to care about the world, and we all will make an impact on the habitat we share.
We hope you agree that International Orangutan Day and World Humanitarian Day both celebrate worthy causes, and we hope you’ll join us in observing them.
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