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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 21, 2017 Julie McKay Wilkinson
Feb 21, 2017 Janie Martinez
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2017 Cara Ammon
Feb 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 20, 2017 Mila Counihan
Feb 19, 2017 Suzanne Bonner
Feb 19, 2017 Julie Martin
Feb 19, 2017 Jean HIXSON
Feb 19, 2017 Leslie Tawnamaia Thank you.
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Jane Beville
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Gary W. Dolgin You would trade the wealth of rainforests for the myopic avarice of economic expediency? Sawing off the very limb on which we're perched is as stupid as it is ultimately fatal. Get your act together NOW!!
Feb 18, 2017 Eunice Olson
Feb 18, 2017 Margherita Pinto
Feb 18, 2017 Bernadette CUELLAR
Feb 17, 2017 Rose Drop
Feb 17, 2017 Diane Tange
Feb 17, 2017 Jennifer Peel
Feb 17, 2017 Kathleen Williams
Feb 17, 2017 Tina Novak One orangutan is worth all of the corrupt officials who allow this. To view the result of this on film is sickening beyond words. People, read ingredients and try not to buy products containing palm oil. It is just cheaper for food industry for profits
Feb 17, 2017 Alexander Massing
Feb 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2017 hannes elfving
Feb 16, 2017 Magali LE GUILLOU
Feb 16, 2017 Debra Gakeler
Feb 16, 2017 Claudia May
Feb 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2017 Renee Jones
Feb 14, 2017 Marco Salustri
Feb 13, 2017 Deborah Foster
Feb 12, 2017 Lilla Gandolfi
Feb 12, 2017 Marilyn Hughes
Feb 11, 2017 catherine loren
Feb 11, 2017 Tristin Pollet
Feb 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2017 katharine odell
Feb 9, 2017 Kristine Worley
Feb 9, 2017 Carmen Blakely
Feb 9, 2017 Janet McCaffrey Please put an end to the destruction of your forests. So much will be lost to the world. Palm oil is only a short term fad a short people turn away from it you cannot resurrect your forests. Tourism can generate huge sums of money instead. Please stop.
Feb 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2017 Paul Siemering
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2017 Lulu LaRocca
Feb 7, 2017 Carol McDonald
Feb 6, 2017 robert dowling

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