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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

Oct 21, 2017 Adeline Wong
Oct 21, 2017 Ona Youmans
Oct 21, 2017 MICHAEL ROSSI
Oct 21, 2017 susan beattie
Oct 20, 2017 Ingrid Chinn
Oct 19, 2017 Drue Cali
Oct 18, 2017 Swetlana Frei
Oct 17, 2017 Heidi Wollum
Oct 16, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 15, 2017 Ursela Rabe
Oct 15, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Oct 14, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2017 Kristina Fedorov
Oct 13, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Oct 13, 2017 Pat Parkin
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 annick baud
Oct 13, 2017 María Jose Saenz
Oct 12, 2017 Dawn Purney As someone who used to live on Borneo, I can tell you the ugly devastation from this practice. As Frankie (Lily Tomlin) would say, "Blood on my hands blood on my hands"
Oct 12, 2017 Arnold Cabral People who read this call your Representative and your Senators contract the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Disabled Benefit Law who is collected service connected needs to have G4implants get the G4implants for free.
Oct 11, 2017 Peter Fischer
Oct 11, 2017 Iris Sinai
Oct 11, 2017 Debora Johannsen
Oct 9, 2017 Sara Bernal-Rutter
Oct 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Palm oil is a bad product. Some of it is said to be responsibly harvested; possibly that is even suspect.
Oct 4, 2017 John Mark Robertson
Oct 2, 2017 Robert Krone
Oct 2, 2017 michelle kaehny
Oct 2, 2017 Judy McKinney
Oct 2, 2017 Catherine Brown
Oct 1, 2017 susan munro
Oct 1, 2017 shelia jons
Sep 30, 2017 Miodrag Bozic
Sep 29, 2017 Mark Ferguson
Sep 29, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Sep 29, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Sep 29, 2017 K Moore
Sep 29, 2017 Sandra Mell
Sep 29, 2017 angela turner
Sep 28, 2017 Jenny Bowden
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 Barbara gale
Sep 28, 2017 dionne toye
Sep 28, 2017 ignace Apers Save the forest please !
Sep 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2017 Penny Joy I check the ingredients that I eat. They don't include palm oil.
Sep 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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