Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Green
  3. Green Living

Pressure and 12/10 deadline to end rainforest destruction for palm oil products

See also

The Indonesian rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate — pushing species like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan to the brink of extinction, according to Dr. Amy Moas of Greenpeace.

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.

***

Amanda Carlucci has her finger on the pulse of the green movement. Stay up to date on the latest in green activism. You can make a difference. Be a part of the movement, and subscribe here.

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

Related Videos:

  • Earth Day events in Riverside County
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518200344" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518200344&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Protect against coronal mass ejections threats
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518085760" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518085760&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Climate change professional certification being developed
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518178994" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518178994&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!