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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


Jul 8, 2018 Elizabeth Martinez I have been signing petitions to end palm oil, which we do not need, for years. I'm sick of you greedy billionaires. Stop destroying nature.
Jul 7, 2018 timmie smith
Jul 7, 2018 Vincenzo Taffoni
Jul 6, 2018 Naia Vincent
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 6, 2018 Tanya Lenn
Jul 5, 2018 Denise Belliveau
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 1, 2018 Christina Lane
Jul 1, 2018 Christine Mott
Jun 30, 2018 Lauraine Wilson
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 Ramón Parodi
Jun 29, 2018 Victoria Berrueco
Jun 29, 2018 Ramona Blankinship
Jun 29, 2018 Joann DeLuna
Jun 29, 2018 Ambur Joshi
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Vikki Chiarini
Jun 24, 2018 Carolyn Wood
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 23, 2018 Debby VanSant No Forest No Palm Oil
Jun 21, 2018 Elena Burankova
Jun 20, 2018 Helen Houlihan
Jun 20, 2018 Sharon Konley
Jun 20, 2018 Staci Davis
Jun 20, 2018 Judy Kammer
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Jun 19, 2018 Sandra Overton
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Jun 19, 2018 Annika Lemola
Jun 19, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 19, 2018 Heather Byington
Jun 19, 2018 NADINE RITTER
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 15, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 13, 2018 June Mills stop the taking away of habit for wild animals
Jun 13, 2018 Annette Gagnon
Jun 11, 2018 Richard Cassley
Jun 8, 2018 Jose Barrios Vanegas
Jun 8, 2018 Janina Kowa
Jun 8, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Jun 8, 2018 Donna Parker
Jun 7, 2018 elva munro
Jun 7, 2018 Tirza van der Zande
Jun 6, 2018 marita hanse
Jun 4, 2018 Doreen DeLuca
Jun 3, 2018 Judy Pelton
Jun 3, 2018 jane garrett

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