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Community excited about huge rain forest announcement

by Michelle Frey

February 11, 2011

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Earlier this week the world’s second biggest palm oil company, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), agreed to halt deforestation in valuable areas of Indonesian forest.

The response from concerned citizens has been amazing! Check out what people have been saying about this monumental turn of events:

— Progress at last! Glad to hear there’s hope!
— Looks like we did it! Good work everyone.
— That’s a victory for Mother Earth!
— WOW! There is hope for mankind. 

And, that’s not all. The media has been publishing stories about the announcement all around the world.

BBC News reports that:

This week’s announcement of a new partnership aimed at curbing deforestation in Indonesia should give succour to anyone who thinks consumers and companies, rather than governments, hold the key to curbing environmental decline.

While GAR has outpaced the Indonesian government recently, Greenpeace is encouraging efforts by the Indonesian government to institute a nation-wide deforestation moratorium — a sort of “time out” — to allow time to create long-term solutions.

Another perspective on this milestone in the The Examiner reports that:

The palm oil branch of Sinar Mas, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), just unveiled a plan to stop destroying forests and peatlands in Indonesia. For years their plantations fueled rainforest destruction across Indonesia, but this week they promised to change all of that.

Congrats to all who helped make this possible. And stay involved because our work to end deforestation in Indonesia is not done yet!

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