Every year deliberately lit fires rage across Indonesia. They destroy pristine rainforest, endanger orangutans and contribute to climate change. A young carbon trading entrepreneur goes in search of a solution.

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  • August 2006

    From August to October 2006, South East Asia was blanketed by a pall of thick, smoky haze. The pollution...

  • October 2006

    On October 30, respected economist Sir Nicholas Stern delivered his 700-page report, ‘The Stern Review...

  • November 2006

    As fires raged in Kalimantan, orangutan conservationist Lone Droscher Nielsen and her team worked around...

  • December 2006

    In suburban Sydney, CEO of Carbon Conservation Dorjee Sun was tracking the situation in Indonesia, spark...

  • January 2007

    In January 2007, a report on peatlands by Marcel Silvius of Wetlands International gained international ...

  • February 2007

    “The Last Stand of the Orangutan - State of Emergency: illegal logging, fire and palm oil in Indonesia...

  • February 2007

    By February, awareness of Indonesian deforestation and its impact on climate change began to snowball, a...

  • February 2007

    In Jambi, Sumatra, Achmadi the farmer completed the initial stages of his harvest of the fruit from his ...

  • February 2007

    In Sydney, Dorjee Sun has an important meeting with an atmospheric scientist called Professor Ron Prinn, ...

  • March 2007

    On the 23rd of March Sir Nicholas Stern arrived in Jakarta, where he addressed government ministers and ...

  • March 2007

    At the time of Stern’s visit, Dorjee also visited Jakarta, where he met Patrick Anderson, a strategic ...

  • March 2007

    Lone’s rehabilitation centre in Kalimantan became increasingly overcrowded and she was facing a crisis...

  • April 2007

    In Bali, Dorjee Sun obtained the support of three provincial governors, who subsequently signed an agre...

  • April 2007

    Dorjee’s proposal was of particular interest to Aceh’s Governor Irwandi, a proud Acehnese citizen wi...

  • April 2007

    In Jambi, Achmadi completed the purchase of his new land and cut down the saleable timber in preparation...

  • May 2007

    In May, Dorjee followed up his meeting with the governors by travelling to Papua for further discussions...

  • July 2007

    Achmadi’s brother-in-law, Hari, came into contact with WALHI through his own work with a social justic...

  • July 2007

    In Jambi City, Patrick Anderson, (strategic advisor to WALHI), visited Zulkifli Nurdin, governor of Jambi...

  • July 2007

    The staff at the Jambi branch of WALHI were working closely with indigenous communities living in the for...

  • July 2007

    After studying the leaflet brought to him by Hari, Achmadi visited the Jambi City branch of WALHI to tal...

  • July 2007

    At Nyaru Menteng, the center is suffering from financial difficulties as Lone struggles to rehabilitate ...

  • August 2007

    After letting it dry for a few months, Achmadi was ready to burn the forest remnants on his new plot of ...

  • September 2007

    In September, Aceh’s Governor Irwandi embarked on a five-city tour of the United States, where he conne...

  • September 2007

    In the USA, Dorjee joined his ally, Irwandi, on the investment roadshow. They met with Starbucks in Seat...

  • September 2007

    When Patrick Anderson from WALHI met Jambi’s Governor Zul, he mentioned the plight of thesmall-scale f...

  • October 2007

    In Sydney, Dorjee Sun had dinner with atmospheric scientist Professor Ron Prinn, from the Massachusetts I...

  • October 2007

    In Kalimantan, logging is underway on a massive scale. The plantations’ grasp is spreading further int...

  • November 2007

    At home in Sydney, Dorjee was sleep-deprived, stressed and exhausted from his months of travelling and p...

  • November 2007

    When the orangutans have been successfully rehabilitated, Lone releases them into protected forest areas...

  • November 2007

    Outside Jambi, Achmadi eagerly awaited the delivery of his new seedlings from Governor Zul’s trial sus...

  • December 2007

    From December 3 to 14 in Nusa Dua, Bali, the United Nations held their Framework Convention on Climate ...

  • December 2007

    The hot topic at the convention was REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing countries....

  • December 2007

    At the Green Governors’ Gala, Dorjee brought together his Indonesian allies – Governors Irwandi and B...

  • December 2007

    In another coup for the forests, Governor Irwandi and Dorjee launched Aceh Green, which will monitor Aceh...

  • December 2007

    After presenting his secretly filmed evidence of injured and displaced orangutans at COP:13, Hardi obtai...

  • December 2007

    For signing the Kyoto Protocol as his first act as Prime Minister, the new Australia leader Kevin Rudd r...

  • December 2007

    In the closing hours of COP:13, the representatives reached an impasse, with the USA obstructing progres...

  • December 2007

    With the Bali Roadmap approved with such drama, the vote for REDD was almost an anti-climax, and accepte...

  • April 2008

    Only six months after their initial meeting in London, Dorjee Sun met Abyd Karmali, Merrill Lynch Global...

  • July 2008

    The Garnaut Climate Change Review released its draft report on Friday, 4 July 2008. The Garnaut Climate ...

  • September 2008

    Following the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States, stock markets in several major markets (inc...

  • November 2008

    The Governors' Global Climate Summit, hosted by none other than the Governor to end all Governors: Arnol...

  • April 2009

    A newly discovered species of chameleon from Tanzania was named after Dorjee Sun, CEO of Carbon Conservat...

  • April 2009

    The New York Times reported that the United States Environmental Protection Agency had formally declared ...

  • April 2009

    The Burning Season cinema version had its international premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

  • June 2009

    The film was released in selected cinemas across Australia with an innovative distribution plan...

  • March 2010

    The Burning Season commercial DVD had an Australia wide DVD release managed by Madman Entertainment

  • April 2011

    The Burning Season is set for a major US digital release in 2011 after a deal with New York based Film Buff was signed.

December 2007: Green Governors’ Gala

December 2007: Green Governors’ Gala image

At the Green Governors’ Gala, Dorjee brought together his Indonesian allies – Governors Irwandi and Bas with their Green counterpart from the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Governor Eduardo Braga.

At a special twilight event, the three Governors signed a joint treaty promising to protect their forests and explore Avoided Deforestation solutions.

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