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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What we have achieved so far
One of many actions:
Greenpeace activists at the headquarters of Oreo. Greenpeace is calling on Mondelez the makers of Oreo, to stop buying dirty palm oil from Wilmar, the largest dirty palm oil producer.
Big brands stopped logging.
Using the power of public pressure, hundreds of thousands of Greenpeace supporters took action against Mars, Mondelez, Procter & Gamble and Wilmar International. We made showed the world who is responsible for rainforest destruction and got the biggest brands on the planet to agree to end deforestation – an incredible result!
The Greenpeace thermal airship A.E. Bates flies over the San Francisco Bay area near a facility where palm oil trader IOI imports its palm oil in the San Francisco Bay area.
We did it!
Colgate-Palmolive promised to stop sourcing dirty palm oil
Colgate-Palmolive promised to cut business ties with controversial supplier IOI who were caught destroying forests in violation with its commitments to not do so. The pressure we placed on these companies saw Colgate-Palmolive join more than a dozen other companies in terminating business with IOI until it changes its practices!
Leaflet delivery to HSBC staff and customers designed to raise awareness that the bank is funding rainforest destruction in Indonesia. A report "Dirty Bankers - How HSBC is Financing Forest Destruction for Palm Oil" has also been created to shed light on HSBC dirty ties.
HSBC committed to stop financing dirty palm oil
HSBC committed to breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests! This came about because of the phenomenal pressure placed HSBC. Over 200,000 people around world signed a petition, which was delivered to the head offices in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Tens of thousands wrote emails directly to the CEO, and volunteers campaigned outside high street branches in Australia, France, and the UK.
The crew of the Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza occupied the tanker for 24 hours. The ship, carrying 27,000 metric tonnes of crude palm oil for the Wilmar Company, was held up from departing to its destination Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Wilmar published a plan to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain
Wilmar International published a detailed action plan to monitor all of its suppliers in hopes to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain! Prompted by an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace over 1.3 million incredible supporters signed the Greenpeace petition calling for an end to deforestation for palm oil, getting us one step closer to changing the rest of the industry for good!
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.
What is palm oil used for?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Greenpeace campaigning for?
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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