A breaking new study has just found that the Indonesian forest fires last year released more carbon emissions each day than the whole of the European Union.
Indonesia’s forests have been burning out of control. So out of control, that a state of emergency had to be declared in one province.
The worst part? The fires were deliberately lit to make way for palm oil and other plantations, clearing out swathes of forests and carbon-rich peatlands. When the forest burns, critically endangered orangutans, elephants, and rhinos are swallowed up.
This palm oil is in almost everything we consume -- but it doesn’t need to be like this. We can force companies like PepsiCo and producers like IndoFood to adopt responsible palm oil policies.
We’re making huge inroads and are seriously cleaning up the sector -- but we need a special commitment from you.
Will you please chip in to support the movement against conflict palm oil?
SciDevNet. 4 July 2016.
BBC. 14 March 2016.