It’s a familiar story. The destruction has been going on for decades. But it’s no longer just the trees that companies are after. It’s the land.
Many palm oil producers are bulldozing Indonesian rainforests at a rate of acres an hour to make way for even more palm oil. And that palm oil ends up in products from companies like Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal and Colgate Palmolive.
These companies share something else in common. All are part of an organization called the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) that could require its member companies to stop buying palm oil linked to rainforest destruction — completely transforming the palm oil industry.
The CGF made big changes like this to protect the environment before, but not until the public demanded it. To make this happen, massive public pressure needs to be generated. Greenpeace is launching a campaign to do just that. They need help sending 75,000 messages to the CGF by December 10th.
Momentum is already on their side.
There has never been a better moment for the CGF to demand change. After strong campaigns from Greenpeace, some of the CGF’s most well-known members, Unilever and Nestle, have made commitments to stop buying dirty palm oil. Just last month, even the makers of Nutella decided to end deforestation in their supply chains.
But saving the Sumatran tiger, orangutan and all the amazing creatures that call the Indonesian rainforest home is going to take something more.
For the palm oil industry to change, its best customers — the members of the CGF — must demand better.
"Time is running out," says Moas. "The palm oil industry has become the number one cause of forest destruction in Indonesia. We have to act before it wipes out the only remaining Sumatran tiger habitat on Earth."
Palm oil is an important part of the Indonesian economy and is responsible for millions of jobs. It can make a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development. What it can’t do is destroy the future for its people, its wildlife and the global climate on which all life depends.
Backed by a growing movement of supporters demanding clean, sustainable palm oil, it is possible to push the palm oil industry to make that change. It’s a strategy that, based on past results, works. For example, because of activists, in the beginning of this year the largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia committed to stop rainforest destruction.
Please take action today and help send 75,000 messages to the Consumer Goods Forum by December 10th.
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