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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 21, 2017 Christine Mueller
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox The burning destruction of rain forests for palm oil is wiping out some of the last areas where untouched land containing incredibly rare and very often important species on Earth. It is causing the extinction of some very rare and even unknown species.
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Jane Fearby
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Jess Sleight If we stop earring that which has palm oil this will hit harder than anything signed and sent. Read the ingredients!
Jul 19, 2017 Nick Arins This destruction should stop......
Jul 19, 2017 Tana Bronk
Jul 19, 2017 Brad Bronk
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2017 Dot Swiegers Get rid of the palms and keep the animals.
Jul 18, 2017 Terri Tippett
Jul 18, 2017 Margaret Brindle You need to care for the nature in your country whilst it is stil here. If you fail you and your country will be nothing.
Jul 18, 2017 Heidi Struiksma
Jul 18, 2017 Tristan McLucas Palm oil's gross anyway
Jul 18, 2017 Suzanne Istvanko
Jul 18, 2017 Karen Spehar
Jul 17, 2017 Susan Pennock
Jul 17, 2017 Vika Babakova
Jul 17, 2017 Hillary Sutton
Jul 17, 2017 Tammie Votaw Please stop doing this to our planet and us.
Jul 17, 2017 carmen Rico
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Moon
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Cypert
Jul 16, 2017 J Waliczek
Jul 14, 2017 Kathleen Kawakami
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Hunt
Jul 13, 2017 annalie van dalen
Jul 12, 2017 Beth Tarilton
Jul 12, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 12, 2017 Susan Mitchell
Jul 12, 2017 Sheridan Hinton
Jul 12, 2017 Julie Holt
Jul 12, 2017 Lisa Porter
Jul 10, 2017 Theresa Jenkins
Jul 10, 2017 Michael DANZIGER
Jul 10, 2017 Nicole Trowbridge
Jul 9, 2017 Susan Smith
Jul 9, 2017 Jim Faulks
Jul 9, 2017 Becky Anderson
Jul 9, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Jul 9, 2017 Mariah Canterbury
Jul 9, 2017 Isabel Carapeto
Jul 8, 2017 Barbara Smith
Jul 8, 2017 chiara fumi
Jul 7, 2017 Carol Medder
Jul 7, 2017 judy o'sullivan
Jul 7, 2017 Melody Slothower
Jul 5, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia

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