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Rang-tan Captured Your Heart, Now Let’s Do Something About It

by Diana Ruiz

August 31, 2018

Earlier this month, Greenpeace introduced the world to Rang-tan, a 90-second film which shows the direct link between palm oil destruction in the forests of Indonesia and our shopping carts. Since its release, Rang-tan has been viewed over 2.5 million times, capturing the hearts of so many.

Rang-tan is the story of a little girl and her orangutan friend forced from her forest home. Indonesian rainforests are destroyed to grow field upon field of dirty palm oil used to make the everyday products we use. It doesn’t need to be like this, big companies have a responsibility to make sure that the palm oil used in their products isn’t made at the greatest cost for our forests.

Palm oil is a key ingredient found in snack foods, cosmetics, and cleaning products — this vegetable oil is found in over half the products sold in supermarkets, meaning it’s in pretty much in everything we use daily.

50% of the products in the supermarket use palm oil and it’s leading to widespread deforestation.

Global consumer companies have made multiple promises, pledges, and commitments to cut their ties with companies that are destroying rainforests.

The corporate executives of leading consumer brands like Unilever, Mondelez, and Nestle committed to protecting forests and slowing climate change with a clear commitment to clean up global commodity supply chains by 2020. Despite this, palm oil continues to be a leading driver of deforestation.

The time is now for companies to fix the problem they created before it’s too late.

We are less than 500 days till 2020 and deforestation shows no sign of slowing down.

While company policies have expanded, and are now a standard across the palm oil sector, they lack enforcement.

As consumers, forest defenders and as people who share this planet, the urgency for these companies to step up and fix the problem they created needs to start now.

What do we lose if business as usual continues?

Indonesia’s rainforests are rapidly disappearing. It’s gotten so bad that, since 2012, roughly one soccer field of forests was lost every 25 seconds.

The rapid rate of deforestation has greatly impacted the wildlife found in these richly diverse forests. All three types of orangutans, the Bornean, Sumatran, and recently discovered Tapanuli species qualify as critically endangered.

These forests are also crucial to restoring our climate. Land use change from tropical deforestation accounts for 12% of global carbon emissions. While forests represent huge carbon sinks for our global climate, recent studies have shown that deforestation rates of tropical forests are now emitting more carbon then they absorb.

So for the love of forests and orangutans, help us create the sea change needed to reform the industry.

Join us and share Rang-tan’s story and tell big consumer brands like Unilever, Mondelez, and Nestle to stop buying palm oil from forest destroyers.

Rang-tan: the story of dirty palm oil

”There’s a human in my forest and I don’t know what to do.”Rang Tan is the story of a little girl and her orangutan friend forced from her forest home. Indonesian rainforests are destroyed to grow field upon field of dirty palm oil used to make the everyday products we use. It doesn’t need to be like this, big companies have a responsibility to make sure that the palm oil used in their products isn’t made at the greatest cost for our forests. Tell them! >>> http://bit.ly/2vEpytl#SaveRangTan #DropDirtyPalmOil

Posted by Greenpeace USA on Monday, August 13, 2018

Diana Ruiz

By Diana Ruiz

Diana is the Senior Palm Oil Campaigner for Greenpeace USA and is based in Washington DC, leading our work to make zero deforestation in Indonesia a reality. She has worked to make change and hold U.S. corporations accountable in countries including Indonesia, India, Peru, and Ecuador. Diana has focused on a range of issues that draw from industrial chemical systems to pesticide regulations, climate mitigation and adaptation measures.

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