In our last edition, we talked about the devastating destruction of the South East Asian rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations.
Today fewer than 6,300 Sumatran orangutans survive in the jungle, yet the Indonesian President is seriously considering changing the law, through the Aceh Spatial Plan, to make it even easier for palm oil companies to destroy their last remaining habitat. If the plan goes ahead we could lose 2.6 million hectares or almost 5 million football fields of pristine rainforest.
As the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo has the power to step in and protect the orangutan from extinction. We must act now to make sure he cancels the proposed spatial planning law that will enable greedy palm oil conglomerates to destroy the last remaining forests of Sumatra. The truth is that if the Sumatran orangutan is going to survive our lifetime, it will only be because of people like you who stand up for them - please take action by signing our petition today.
Also, our friends at One More Generation (OMG) have launched a letter writing campaign to educate and enable people to show their support for the orangutan and take a stand. Check out their campaign here.
You can visit our website to find out more about the issues surrounding Palm Oil, and donate to our Palm Oil Resistance here. Excitingly, a generous donor of The Orangutan Project has agreed to match EVERY donation made up to $50,000! Please, take action and help the Sumatran orangutan before it's too late.
(Photo: Jess McKelson)