If You Love Junk Food and Cuddly Orangutans, You Need to Watch This [Video]

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Orangutans are some of the world’s most threatened species. You’ve got junk food to thank for that–the palm oil industry is chopping down forests at alarming rates. And when the forests fall, so do the homes of these beautiful creatures (of whom we share 97 percent of the same genetic material).

GoPro has helped to remind us why these animals deserve better. We get an orangutan’ view on the forest canopies they call home, and what it’s like to lose that.

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is the senior editor and featured columnist on EcoSalon and sister site Organic Authority. Jill’s writing has been featured in The Village Voice, MTV, Reality Sandwich and Global Rhythm as well as the anthologies “Towards 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age” (2009, Tarcher/Penguin) and “What Do You Believe?” (2009, Outside the Box). A focus on food policy, veganism, wellness, music and world cultural expressions, Jill blends the mystical and modern as she explores what our shifting food, fashion, culture and creative landscapes will look, sound and taste like in the future. Jill spent more than a decade as a sales and marketing manager in the natural foods industry and regularly consults with and supports emerging brands and organizations in creative communication, social media and event production. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and future foodie, their daughter Imogene. Twitter @jillettinger | www.jillettinger.com.