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Sharing Stories Far and Wide - There's Rang-Tan in my Bedroom Blog Tour

Posted By Jacob Hope, 15 May 2020
Updated: 15 May 2020

 

YLG is delighted to be part of the blog tour for There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom.

 

Libraries have always been about collecting and sharing stories and information.  There is a power to this and an ability to achieve change precisely because information and stories help to shape, and so to change us.  They alter the way we see the world.  It is hard to imagine a more affecting story than There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom.

Perhaps you  have seen the Greenpeace video which went viral?  The powerful story behind the video was written by James Sellick at Mother London The advert was picked up by frozen food company Iceland for their Christmas commercial following their pledge to remove palm oil from its own-brand products.  Richard Walker, managing director for Iceland, commented on the decision:

 

With palm oil, the urgency of the crisis could not be ignored. We saw a window of opportunity to help organisations like Greenpeace lobby for zero-deforestation palm oil at a time when 146 football pitches of rainforest were being chopped down every hour in Indonesia.”

 

The video which was produced by Greenpeace was deemed too political for broadcast, but the ensuing discussion and debate around both the video itself and also around socially conscious messages and ideas around censorship helped to make the video go viral.

Hachette bought the rights for a picture book adaptation of the video There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom which published under their Wren and Rook imprint in August 2019.  The book features a foreword by Dame Emma Thompson who narrated the original Greenpeace video and alongside the story which has been visually re-imagined by illustrator Frann Preston-Gannon, there is also information about Orangutans – the name comes from Malay words for human ‘orang’ and forest ‘utan’- about deforestation for the production of palm oil and about campaigning for change.

International Orangutan Day takes place on August 19 each year, in the lead up to this, what plans and activities can you make to help share the plight of these magnificent creatures far and wide through your libraries and amongst readers?

 

 

Tags:  activities  environment  reading  reading for pleasure 

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