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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 20, 2018 Wendy Bouchlas
Mar 20, 2018 Louise ffoulkes There are alternatives to palm oil. Please do not allow this environmental disaster to continue.
Mar 20, 2018 Angela Jochmann
Mar 20, 2018 Lesley Adamson Stop trying to destroy our planet.
Mar 19, 2018 Carla Buckner
Mar 19, 2018 Rebecca Poplin
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Mar 19, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Mar 19, 2018 Jeanette Taylor
Mar 19, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Mar 18, 2018 Stacey Alexander
Mar 18, 2018 Regina Powell
Mar 18, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 17, 2018 Martha Vest
Mar 15, 2018 Gail Beard
Mar 15, 2018 Martha Singleton
Mar 12, 2018 Suzanne Emerson
Mar 10, 2018 Lisa Ward
Mar 9, 2018 Lou-Ellen Hogan
Mar 9, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 9, 2018 Judith Hansell
Mar 9, 2018 Sam Mcfadzean
Mar 8, 2018 Elona Ertner
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Mar 7, 2018 Karen Brown
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Mar 7, 2018 kathleen conroy
Mar 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Mar 7, 2018 Carol Graves
Mar 5, 2018 Kris Gata
Mar 5, 2018 Madeleine kenn
Mar 5, 2018 Dona LaSchiava "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
Mar 5, 2018 Susan Kelly Ambler Please protect these natural areas.
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Mar 5, 2018 April Kauffman This is exactly the kind of horrible practice that is destroying habitat for endangered species such as tigers ETC. Please end this bef ore there is no natural forests or habitat or animals left!!! We are destroying our planet!
Mar 4, 2018 Shayne O'Brien
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Mar 2, 2018 Béatrice GUILLAUME
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