Today we are drawing a line in the sand to protect our forests.
Thousands of concerned consumers in Indonesia and around the world are joining celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Wesley, Gillian Anderson and Kellan Lutz who are saying enough is enough: do not make me part of the Sumatran tigers’ extinction!
Greenpeace is today launching the Tiger Manifesto: the first part of a global campaign to save the home of the Sumatran tiger and to eliminate dirty palm oil from the products we use.
Palm oil, an ingredient found in almost half of supermarket products, is the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia. In October last year, we revealed that the vast majority of forest cleared in oil palm plantations in Sumatra during 2009–2011 was tiger habitat.
Forests do not need to be destroyed to grow palm oil, but the makers of every day products are making us a part of this destruction because they indiscriminately buy dirty palm oil.
You have the power to stop this.
It’s possible to protect forests and prevent tigers from being driven to extinction. Already, global pressure has pushed the world’s biggest palm oil trader to commit to No Deforestation. Global palm oil producers together with Greenpeace and other NGOS have set the new standard for responsible palm oil in the Palm Oil Innovation Group. And big companies like Nestlé, Ferrero, L’Oreal and Unilever (the owner of brands like Dove and Ben & Jerry’s) are taking steps to eliminate forest destruction.
Clean palm oil is possible.
I’ve been there when the bulldozers have rolled in, and I’ve seen the destruction first hand.
But I cannot stop these machines by myself. As a Greenpeace forest campaigner here in Indonesia, I can tell you we need voices from all around the world.
The Tiger Manifesto brings together those who want their favourite brands to eliminate forest destruction from the products you and I use every day. Today is just the first part of a global campaign to save the home of the Sumatran tiger and to eliminate dirty palm oil from the products we use.
Bustar Maitar is head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International
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