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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

Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Dragana Stajic
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 evelyne flament
Dec 9, 2017 valdy flament
Dec 6, 2017 Catherine Godfrey
Nov 29, 2017 Christine Maidl
Nov 27, 2017 Elizabeth Lambert
Nov 27, 2017 Barbara Van Tuyl
Nov 27, 2017 keely gililland Rainforests are a precious treasure.They should not be wasted in this way.
Nov 27, 2017 Michael Macchi unsustainable
Nov 24, 2017 Liz Cook This truly is a crime against nature. It is unsustainable, so will reach it's own end point. Please stop the progression and preserve the other priceless gems of Indonesia, like it's irreplacable wildlife loved the world over.
Nov 24, 2017 barbara ito
Nov 23, 2017 Michelle Beauchamp
Nov 21, 2017 Beverly Brzycki Again, animal lover here. They truly need to stop this crap!
Nov 20, 2017 Julie Hansen
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) I'm against animal cruelty, abuse, neglect, & extinction.
Nov 20, 2017 Terri Robb
Nov 20, 2017 MaryAnn Bomarito
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
Nov 19, 2017 Glen Anderson PROTECT PLANET EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP GREED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 YVONNE Christison
Nov 18, 2017 Jose Manuel Bargueño
Nov 18, 2017 Jenn Pfrogner
Nov 18, 2017 Elizabeth Sieks
Nov 17, 2017 Christine DiNapoli
Nov 15, 2017 Emilie S
Nov 14, 2017 Beata Morgunova
Nov 14, 2017 Karen Vosburg
Nov 13, 2017 Katherine Bressan I CARE
Nov 13, 2017 Joann Smith
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 JANICK SANSON
Nov 11, 2017 Carol Thomas Your country is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD! Your natural habitat & it's inhabitants on land & in your waters deserve to be protected by all means possible! I believe if this is brought to more people you will definitely see an increase in eco-tourism
Nov 11, 2017 Tina Rhea
Nov 11, 2017 carmela cid
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 9, 2017 Claire Sands-Sullivan
Nov 9, 2017 Beth Jones Show some brains instead of always chasing after short-term profit at the expense of long-term death and destruction! The Indonesian government richly deserves the world’s (and your children’s) hatred.
Nov 8, 2017 Kathryn Love
Nov 8, 2017 Marcia Tomka
Nov 8, 2017 Sarah DuBois haven't we ruined enough things. we MUST save these glorious animals.
Nov 8, 2017 Kathi Geukes
Nov 7, 2017 Romula DSilva
Nov 6, 2017 Sue Cross
Nov 5, 2017 Dee Martin
Nov 5, 2017 Rhoda Slanger
Nov 3, 2017 Carolyn Barber

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