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In 2003, a Greenpeace investigation team found evidence of illegal logging in eastern and central Indonesia.

In 2003, a Greenpeace investigation team found evidence of illegal logging in eastern and central Indonesia.

© Kate Davison / Greenpeace

The global demand for palm oil is spiraling. Palm oil now can be found in so many of our foodstuffs and everyday items. One out of every 10 items on our supermarkets shelves contains palm oil. Indonesia is paying the cost by losing its precious rainforests.

Let’s make palm oil forest friendly

Meanwhile, endangered species, such as the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan, are losing their home. The loss of the forests also exacerbates climate change. Indonesia has about one million hectares of forest that has been cleared for palm oil plantations – that’s equivalent to 127 Hong Kong Islands – But the Indonesian government is also planning to develop another 1.8 million hectares of carbon-rich peat land to grow palm oil. This will release huge amounts of carbon dioxide, and will be disastrous in terms of worsening climate change. It will make Indonesia the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. China is Indonesia’s third-largest importer of palm oil, importing many products made from palm oil. So many of the things we use and consume every day contain palm oil, making us unwitting accomplices to devastating deforestation. Please read our newsletter carefully for the latest developments in this campaign. Together we can save the rainforest by:

  • Getting big brands to stop buying palm oil that comes from deforestation; 
  • Lobbying the Indonesian government to enforce its forest moratorium and to toughen penalties for illegal deforestation and slash-and-burn clearing; 
  • Making palm oil companies switch to sustainable and green practices.

 

Victory: consumer power saves forests

In 2008, Greenpeace exposed how the world’s biggest palm oil user – Unilever – was buying palm oil from Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), which was destroying Indonesian peatland to plant palm oil trees. We asked consumers not to buy Dove and other foodstuffs, cosmetics and daily items made by Unilever, until they promised not to buy palm oil that came from forest destruction. We held countless protests and ran many online petitions until Unilever promised to make sure that all of its palm oil was forest friendly by 2015. Later on, we used the same strategy to get famous food companies including Kraft and Nestlé and other top global brands to make similar pledges. Are you ready to join us in the next stage of our forests campaign?