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Indonesian forests are being destroyed to clear the way for palm oil. If we don't act now, orangutans and many other species could be lost forever.
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Could help expose and oppose the destructive industries and companies contributing to deforestation.
Could help fund vital training and equipment for our team of volunteer firefighters on the ground in Indonesia.
We need to act now to stop indigenous peoples from losing their homes, and prevent more irreplaceable orangutan habitat from being burned to the ground. Your ongoing support is the most effective way to contribute by helping us with our long term major campaigns like this one.
Together we can stop the dirty palm oil industry
What is palm oil?
The palm oil is a vegetable oil made out of the fruit of the palm oil tree. We can produce two types of oil from it: the palm oil is extracted from the flesh and the palm kernel oil from the kernel. The main difference between them is their percentage of saturated fat.
Nowadays you find palm oil in 40% to 50% of household products in Australia, it is present in food, cosmetics, hygiene products or even bio fuel. Big companies love to use it in their production due to the numerous perceived benefits: low cost, high density farming (requires relatively low amounts of land) and it preserves well. Overall, palm oil is currently the cheapest vegetable oil and hence helps companies create competitively priced products.
What is palm oil used for?
Where does palm oil come from?
To answer this global demand of palm oil from global corporations, some countries have become big palm oil producers. Some of the biggest producers are Thailand, Colombia, Nigeria, Malaysia but the biggest producer of crude palm oil in the world is Indonesia, with 15 million hectares of land licensed for palm oil development.
Why is palm oil so bad then?
The palm oil produced in unsustainable way, also called dirty palm, has a disastrous impact on the environment. Indeed, to answer the increasing global demand, palm oil companies are logging forested areas to clear land for more palm oil plantations. The Borneo and Sumatra islands, that possess precious ecosystems, are unfortunately the most impacted. In Indonesia only, this is a forested area as big as football pitch that is lost every 25 seconds.
On top of that, the deforestation of the indonesian rainforest by palm oil companies leads to serious threats, here are the main ones:
Palm oil plantation help poachers and animals smugglers.
The roads created to carry away palm oil from the plantations give straight access into the heart of the rainforest. Before that, poachers had no other choice than making their way through very dense forested areas. No they can reach the precious wildlife through those new roads.
Deforestation is fueling climate change.
The fires combined with the forest undergrowth are releasing huge quantity of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere fueling global warming.
Deforestation is also generating severe fires.
As a cheap way to clear land, the future planting areas are set on fire. The peat soil present in most of these lands is highly flammable, and localized fires can quickly spread and get out of control. Because of the smoke generated by these fires, local population are facing dramatic health concerns: among others, we report there were 100,000 premature deaths that have been caused in late 2015.
The forest undergrowth is endangering a precious and rich ecosystem.
Because of the loss of their habitat, many species are at stake including the now critically endangered orangutan and the Sumatran tiger. Indigenous people living in the forest are also chased away from their home.
Which companies are fueling deforestation?
The palm oil industry is not the only responsible for destroying the Indonesia rainforest. Big companies that have chosen to buy the dirty palm oil are responsible too. Indeed, a report from Greenpeace shows that this demand from corporations including Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever and Mondelez has led to clear an area twice as big as SIngapour, and in less than three years only!
Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil trader is also to blame as the company is buying from 18 of the 25 palm oil suppliers that are responsible for most of the deforested areas.
Palm oil needs to be produced in a sustainable way and huge corporations must source a product that follow responsible agricultural practices - that would protect the forests, the wildlife and the local communities.
Greenpeace works on many fields, helping local communities and firefighters. We also have been campaigning to pressure those global companies to sign commitment to stop using unsustainable palm oil.
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