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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

Mar 28, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 28, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 28, 2017 Dorothy Huebner
Mar 27, 2017 Gail Whitfield
Mar 26, 2017 Jim Spooner
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 26, 2017 Helen Clark I don't need palm oil!!!!
Mar 25, 2017 Megan Griffith
Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
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Mar 25, 2017 Karen Durnin
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Mar 23, 2017 Janet Edwards
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) I do not agree with palm oil.
Mar 22, 2017 Linda Simowitz
Mar 21, 2017 Isabella Bailey
Mar 20, 2017 Adele Knox-Roberts
Mar 20, 2017 J. Scott
Mar 20, 2017 Kris Pierson
Mar 20, 2017 Patricia Williams
Mar 20, 2017 joan Glasser
Mar 20, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri FOREST BURNING IS ILLEGAL! The habitats of iconic endangered species like tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in flames, and being replaced with palm tree plantations. THIS MUST STOP NOW! thank you
Mar 20, 2017 Sage Melocik
Mar 20, 2017 Lone Klitgaard
Mar 20, 2017 Kristin Dubovsky
Mar 20, 2017 Monty Foley
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 18, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Mar 18, 2017 Roger Williams
Mar 18, 2017 Mary Sullins
Mar 17, 2017 Marilyn Miravalles
Mar 17, 2017 Heidi groom
Mar 17, 2017 Cathy Sikes
Mar 17, 2017 geri perry
Mar 17, 2017 Leslie Dancer
Mar 17, 2017 C U
Mar 17, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua
Mar 17, 2017 Sofia Madjitov
Mar 17, 2017 Jacqueline Clare
Mar 16, 2017 David Barraza
Mar 16, 2017 Nancy Brown
Mar 16, 2017 PATRICIA KAWAKAMI I hope good sense, religion, and a concern for people and the planet's well should prevail over monetary desires.
Mar 15, 2017 Lisa Weston Bialy
Mar 15, 2017 T. Fitzgerald
Mar 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins end now
Mar 13, 2017 Sandra Nalbach

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