Save the Orangutan!
The Orangutan is continuing to lose its home at a dramatic rate due to the unsustainable production of Palm Oil. Findings from the World Wildlife Fund have suggested that the area of 300 football fields of rainforest is being cleared within each hour for Palm Oil production (Say No To Palm Oil, 2015). Which makes it not surprising that 90% of the orangutans habitat has been destroyed over that past 20 years and a 50% decrease in population in the past decade alone (The Orangutan Project, 2013). Findings suggest that the orangutan will become extinct within the next 5-10 years if no global action has taken place (Say No To Palm Oil, 2015).
For those of you who may be unaware, Palm Oil is a type of vegetable oil that is derived from a fruit grown on an oil palm tree. The majority of the time, the production of Palm Oil is using non sustainable measures and 85 % of this production is produced and explored from Indonesia and Malaysia in the orangutan’s natural habitat (Say No To Palm Oil, 2015). The production of Palm Oil is more appealing to food production as it has a longer shelf life than other vegetable oils (The Orangutan Project, 2013).
It has been found that over 60,000,000 tonnes are being exported annually from Indonesia (Say No To Palm Oil, 2015). An alternative is the production of sustainable palm oil which aims to produce palm oil without causing harm to people or habitats. However, its standards need to be changed to ban deforestation and destruction.
Action you could take to help as citizens: (The Orangutan Project, 2013):
-Write letters to the government and manufacturers
-Speak on behalf of the animals losing their habitats
-Write letters to local politicians to see what they are doing about the labelling of palm oil products
-Find out which of your favourite foods contain palm oil, and see whether it comes from Borneo or Sumatra, therefore destroying habitats (There is an application you can scan foods to find this out!)
-Share with friends to make your voice heard in society
Please sign this petition to help save the Orangutan from extinction. Small donations are accepted and appreciated but please don't feel obliged,
Thankyou for your time.