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critically endangered orangutans are on the brink of extinction thanks to corporate America


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Dec 1, 2017
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Fires are raging in Indonesia, burning forests to the ground to make way for palm oil plantations. As a result, critically endangered orangutans are on the brink of extinction.

Unilever buys more than 1 million tonnes of palm oil each year, and uses it in everything from Dove soap to Knorr soup. The corporate giant has promised to source its palm oil sustainably by 2020 -- but has failed to live up to this promise.

So far, the forest fires aren’t a big news story yet. We WILL change that.

We need to hire a video squad on the ground in Indonesia to capture footage of the forest fires -- armed with professional filming equipment and drones that can withstand the heat. Once we have the footage, we can leak it to journalists -- creating a public outcry that will link Unilever to the forest fires and force it to clear up its act.

These forest fires are no accident -- the burning is a deliberate act.

Palm oil trees are planted in monocultures, drenched in toxic pesticides. The land quickly becomes infertile, and then new forests have to be cleared so palm oil producers can keep reaping in a profit. These are ancient forests that we’ll never get back.

The Covid crisis means that journalists are finding it harder to travel to remote locations and report on the forest fires and the illegal slash and burn practices that palm oil producers are using. That’s why it’s so important we turn a spotlight onto this crisis.

This is the only way we can save these ancient forests and the homes of the last orangutans.
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