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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

Feb 20, 2018 H White
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Katherine Karnopp
Feb 16, 2018 Lorri MacQueen I now read the food packages, if it has palm oil i will NOT buy it. Half the things i use to buy, i no longer do, and i miss them. but it's better for my mother, earth!
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 11, 2018 Sieglinda Du Preez
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Debra Jones
Feb 9, 2018 L Dufresne Please.
Feb 7, 2018 William
Feb 5, 2018 Dorothy Hubbard
Feb 5, 2018 Marilyn Whitmore
Feb 5, 2018 Karen Carlucci
Feb 5, 2018 Oscar Cohen
Feb 2, 2018 Caroline Gerlach
Feb 2, 2018 Ioanna G.
Jan 28, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 28, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Jan 24, 2018 Dawn McClellan
Jan 24, 2018 Pilar Quintana
Jan 19, 2018 (Name not displayed) PLEASE help the world get off palm oil - be a part of the solution that is also beneficial to your country and the precious environment. Thank you!
Jan 18, 2018 Susan Briggs
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 8, 2018 Lori Gleason
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault
Jan 2, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 doris gonen
Jan 1, 2018 GENE NATALE
Jan 1, 2018 Julia Deluca
Dec 26, 2017 Sylvie Lavallée
Dec 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2017 KD BEALE
Dec 24, 2017 Steve Vontalge
Dec 23, 2017 marge beck
Dec 23, 2017 Cindy Shoaf
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 20, 2017 ranae bauserman This is a disgusting and inhumane act!! Let's stop this NOW before our animals are brought to extinction!!!
Dec 20, 2017 Judith Pelletier
Dec 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2017 Gail Adams
Dec 20, 2017 linda klootwijk
Dec 20, 2017 Luka Luebke
Dec 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop the destruction and loss of our precious wildlife.
Dec 19, 2017 Marni Glovinsky
Dec 19, 2017 Paul Valentine
Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts

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