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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

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
May 30, 2018 shirley church
May 30, 2018 Harriet Shalat
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 27, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 26, 2018 Mildred Huffmire
May 25, 2018 Debra Raymond
May 25, 2018 Ingrid Brown
May 25, 2018 Matt Carr
May 24, 2018 dean shamblen
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 24, 2018 Patricia Ransford
May 24, 2018 Mirna irwin
May 23, 2018 Cassandra Santiago
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 Laura Ryan
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 21, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
May 21, 2018 Gilly Lloyd
May 21, 2018 Judy Bradley
May 21, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
May 21, 2018 CAROL BECK
May 21, 2018 Stacey Cannon
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) What the hell is wrong with you people?
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Laura Valentine
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 17, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
May 16, 2018 R Hunter No more palm oil. We have joined those who no longer purchase anything that contains palm oil. A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in making the world a better place! We all know humans can do better.
May 16, 2018 Alison McGregor This cruel and unsustainable business is wrecking the planet, changing climate, destroying biodiversity and human lives. I am boycotting all palm oil products and as a teacher am asking all my hundereds of students to do the same. The word is spreading.
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2018 Kathy Dorr
May 14, 2018 Ethelyn Barksdale
May 14, 2018 Durk Barton

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