Ending deforestation

Indonesia's rainforests shelter an amazingly rich number of plant and animal species, many of which occur nowhere else on earth. The orang-utan, Sumatran tiger and the world's largest flower, the one metre Wide Rafflesia, all call the Paradise Forests their home. The human communities inhabiting these forests have deep cultural, spiritual and physical connections to the forest for thousands of years. The diversity of these cultures is extraordinary.

Indonesia is now the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, after China and the US, despite its relatively small area and population.  Deforestation and peat land destruction are the reasons why – up to four percent of global greenhouse gases  are estimated to come from the destruction of Indonesia’s peat lands. The palm oil industry is acknowledged as one of the primary drivers of deforestation and peat destruction, along with the pulp paper and mining industries.

Palm oil is used as cheap cooking oil and in most processed foods (chocolates, ice creams, instant foods, baked goods etc), in cosmetics, soaps and a number of other products. India has emerged as a key market for Indonesian palm oil, surpassing China as the world’s largest importer in 2009. Indian demand for this commodity is spurring expansion of plantations into forest and peat land areas.

As part of its campaign towards zero deforestation, Greenpeace is calling for a moratorium on all deforestation and peat land destruction in Indonesia, and is asking all companies purchasing palm oil to sever links with suppliers known to be involved in deforestation and peat land destruction.

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Globally, a string of large corporations including Unilever, Kraft, Mars and Nestle have made commitments to sustainable palm oil sourcing in response to public pressure over the issue of deforestation and peat land destruction.

In India, Greenpeace is asking all importers of palm oil to ensure that their supplies are not linked to deforestation or peat destruction, and to support a moratorium on forest clearance in Indonesia. It is essential that Indian companies and the Indian public let Indonesian producers know that they do not want palm oil that is linked to deforestation or peat destruction. Under a moratorium, the palm oil industry is free to continue operations on existing plantations, and expand in non-forest areas. But deforestation and peat destruction must stop.

The latest updates

 

Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | April 9, 2014

About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO. Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world. Dozens of protests throughout the planet. 7300 Sumatran orangutans at risk of being made homeless. ...

Thousands send a roar to P&G: Clean up your act!

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | April 1, 2014

P&G was pretty scared of your #TigerRoar last weekend! We have just seen a letter the consumer goods giant sent to its business partners last week warning them of our day of action: “…it is likely that Greenpeace will continue...

Deforestation: A vicious cocktail for the climate

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter and Sebastian Bock | March 28, 2014

Every few years, thousands of the world's most renowned climate scientists work together as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to present us with the latest scientific assessment of how we are doing in terms...

4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | March 21, 2014

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million...

It’s time for deforestation-free yummy Indian food!

Blog entry by Avimuktesh Bhardwaj | March 20, 2014

Have you enjoyed eating at the much talked about Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) outlets? Or have tried their popular Ready to Eat foods? You have one more reason to cherish the taste you have always loved. MTR becomes the first brand in...

Half a million reasons for P&G to protect forests!

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | March 8, 2014

Today is a milestone in the movement to Protect Paradise. Half a million of you have joined the call demanding forest-friendly products – and we're just getting started! In the last two weeks, you have been part of something big...

Clean palm oil can help save the world's wildlife

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | March 4, 2014

Nearly 400,000 of you have joined us to demand the products you use are forest and tiger-friendly. We don’t believe that the products we use every day should contribute to the destruction of precious habitat for animals. That’s why we...

Pulling back the shower curtain: Find out about P&G's dirty secret!

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | February 28, 2014

Procter & Gamble claims that nearly 5 billion people use its products, among them the anti-dandruff shampoo Head & Shoulders. But what's not so squeaky clean is that P&G is making those billions of consumers unknowingly part of an...

How L’Oreal committed to the ultimate makeover

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | January 31, 2014

The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, L’Oreal, has made a landmark promise to remove forest destruction from the products they sell. "Because I'm Worth It" is a catchy slogan coined 40 years ago by the French cosmetics...

Will you help us Protect Paradise in 2014?

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | January 24, 2014

When I read the daily newspaper here in Indonesia, it’s rare that there is not at least one big scandal or   exposé   related to the forest sector. Just this last weekend, land conflicts in a Kalimantan palm oil plantation made...

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