Help save Orangutans and other animals from extinction as a result of the irresponsible cultivation of palm oil.
Firstly please sign and share the following petition:
“The habitats of iconic endangered species like tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in flames, and being replaced with palm tree plantations.
Palm tree oil is one of the hottest commodities on the planet — it’s inexpensive, trans fat-free, and can be found in roughly fifty percent of all market products, according to Rainforest Action Network. But our excessive use of palm oil has come with a significant cost: the homes and lives of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.”
Please read more and sign and share the petition
Save Our Planet By Putting An End To Unsustainable Palm Oil
You will find more suggestions further down for actions you can take concerning palm oil and its disastrous effects on wildlife.
More information and actions you can take
How This Baby Orangutan Feels About the Fact Their Population Might Be Extinct in 15 Years
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/how-orangutan-feels-about-extinction/ – includes actions you can take to help save orangutans
Sumatran Orangutans – on the edge of extinction
“The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival.”
Continue reading, includes Actions you can take to help Orangutans
“Indonesia is home to some of the most rich and biodiverse rainforest in the world.
It contains over 80 endemic species and some of the world’s most unique and iconic endangered wildlife such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger. “
Continue reading also suggested actions such as Join the Palm Oil Resistance Movement
Be sure to check out this page with information about buying palm oil free:
While palm oil is an ingredient of so many things you consume or use it can seem like a daunting task to cross it off your shopping list but try to avoid if an alternative exists or the product is not vital or failing that buy from manufacturers that use a sustainable source – more about sustainable palm oil further down. I think it may put people off if it is suggested to avoid palm oil entirely which may be virtually impossible and as such may make it seem like the situation is hopeless.
Help to stop the destruction of habitat for the cultivation of palm oil by writing to manufacturers and food producers
Where a product lists palm oil as one of its ingredients why not write to the manufacturer stating your objections and ask them to use another type of oil or use palm oil from a sustainable source
Here is an example of a letter to Sainsbury’s which sell products produced by palm oil from sustainable sources and also palm oil from unstainable sources, – in other words grown on land from cleared rain forests, sources that result in deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and extinction.
I have been buying your products for many years, and it has been awhile since I checked out the ingredients.However recently as a result of worldwide concern over the use of palm oil I decided to once again look at the ingredients and was shocked to find that in many cases these ingredients include palm oil.
Is your palm oil from a sustainable source?
If it is it might be an idea to indicate this on the packet, if it isn’t please consider switching to a sustainable source or using another type of oil.
I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage as a result of the cultivation of palm oil in particular the loss of habitat for many animals including Orangutans who in countries such as Sumatra are under threat of extinction as their forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale: http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil
The contact details of all retailers are available on their websites. Don’t forget to check with less well known retailers and don’t assume that if a product is vegan or vegetarian that this means that the palm oil that they invariably use is from a sustainable source.
You can read more about sustainable palm oil here:
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php – as you will read there are still problems with sustainable forest. The best solution would be not to grow palm oil at all.
However this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Please therefore consider the following:
Should we boycott palm oil?
Palm oil is here to stay for the indefinite future. The vast majority is consumed in countries in Asia and the Middle East where rainforest conservation is a low priority and consumer demand for sustainable products is negligible. If the American, European and Australian NGOs fighting to save the rainforests call for a boycott, then the companies that use palm will have no incentive to purchase it from sustainable sources. After all, why would companies spend more money on sustainable palm if the people who care about sustainability aren’t buying it? That is why many NGOs argue that demanding and buying responsible palm oil will, over time, protect the remaining forests more than boycotting it will.
Try to avoid palm oil or buy from sustainable resources only.
Simply check the ingredients list
Here are a couple of lists of palm oil alternatives which may or may not be available in your country. When it doubt check with the manufacturer.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Austraila
http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives. - scroll down for a list of palm oil free or CSPO )Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) products
Rain Forest Foundation UK
http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/what-you-can-do/others-ways-to-support-us/be-an-ethical-shopper/ - has a pdf downloadable product guide you can keep with you