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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.

Indonesia leads the world in palm oil exports, but has arguably the lowest standards for regulating production. Though forest burning is illegal, few have been charged for the roughly 100,000 human-caused fires, and last year Eco-Business reported on Indonesia's newly revised Plantation Act — it now discourages palm producers from using land for habitat conservation.

In October 2015, the World Resources Institute revealed that daily emissions from Indonesian forest fires had surpassed the U.S. economy's daily emissions average. Meanwhile, Reuters warns that Southeast Asia may continue to be affected by a haze of toxic gas in the atmosphere through early 2016.

Tell the Indonesian government it's time to end this madness. Ask President Joko Widodo and his environment & forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Baker to end these crimes against nature.

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Dear President Joko Widodo and Environment & Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Baker,

One of the worst environmental disasters to reach Indonesia is ongoing, and has a clear, single cause: the hunger for palm oil.

While it's understandable that the Indonesian government would want to encourage palm oil production — it's your third-highest source of capital — the current palm oil model in Indonesia is unsustainable.

This year, at least nineteen people have died from forest fires or smoke inhalation, and an unknown number of animals have undoubtedly perished too. The fire starters are responsible for a loss of 21,000 square kilometers of forest habitats, and toxic smoke from the burned-down trees has spilled into the atmosphere over Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Last year, you increased revenue from palm by imposing an export levy on the product. That was a step in the right direction, but you can do even more to protect the people and wildlife with whom you share a home.

Your country has some of the most beautiful people and animals on the planet. By protecting their beauty, you will be able to drive tourism, all while restoring the calm equilibrium once prevalent in Borneo.

Please redirect palm oil export revenue from the biofuel program to ecotourism and conservation initiatives, so you can raise your bottom line in a more friendly, sustainable, and intelligent manner.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Apr 28, 2017 Edmond Ciesielski
Apr 27, 2017 Carolyn Courtney
Apr 27, 2017 Patricia Darcey
Apr 27, 2017 Brendan Tennefoss
Apr 27, 2017 Jennifer Hale
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 valerie brown
Apr 26, 2017 Arnaud Henseval
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 meghan bothma
Apr 25, 2017 Helene Szczepaniak
Apr 24, 2017 Chloé Espinasse
Apr 24, 2017 Veronique Ciesielski
Apr 23, 2017 Ann Dunlap
Apr 23, 2017 Joan Woods
Apr 23, 2017 Tracy Hooper
Apr 22, 2017 Anna Nikolasevic
Apr 22, 2017 Henry Mongrain
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2017 Angie Maybaum Wish we could find another way.
Apr 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2017 Laura Mathieu I see the greed and destruction every day because of money. Please stop this horrible practice before man ruins these beautiful forests and kills all the animals that need that habitat for their homes. It's sad that money over powers common sense
Apr 21, 2017 Carrie Landreth
Apr 21, 2017 Corrina Parker
Apr 20, 2017 M. Stewart
Apr 19, 2017 Tracy Moyle
Apr 19, 2017 Joanne Montgomery
Apr 18, 2017 Sammy Jo Arneson
Apr 18, 2017 Chip Pough
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 18, 2017 carole retzlaff
Apr 17, 2017 Yana Atanasova
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 16, 2017 Derek Paterson
Apr 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2017 bonnie reeves
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2017 Valerie Miller
Apr 14, 2017 Barb Gebelein Your animals are worth more than the palm oil! I am not purchasing anything made with it!
Apr 12, 2017 Jackie Fehr-Krahn
Apr 12, 2017 Llauren Peralta
Apr 12, 2017 Tammy Fenske
Apr 12, 2017 Shirley Davies
Apr 11, 2017 MICHI VOJTA
Apr 11, 2017 Cheryl Duncan
Apr 11, 2017 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2017 Cynthia Pearson
Apr 11, 2017 Amy Veloz I am just sickened by what cheap, unhealthy palm oil is doing to the rainforests and it's precious wildlife. Orangutans and Pygmy Elephants and are being starved and murdered! The food Industry is putting this cheap filler in everything!
Apr 10, 2017 Erek King

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