1. Take the Challenge!
As a consumer, you can help to reduce your contribution to conflict-palm oil through making some simple lifestyle changes. But what kinds of changes and how can you implement them? Well, we have a plan.
The 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge is a world first online membership program designed to help consumers live a more holistically sustainable lifestyle, with a particular focus on the reduction of conflict-palm oil consumption.
This four-week program is split into 4 key areas of the home - Fridge, Pantry, Bathroom and Laundry. Each week users can expect to login to their membership portal and access FREE video tutorials and resources that provide up to date product information, tips, hints and tricks enabling you to live more ethically through your consumption choices.
It's time for a new way of living – a more natural, ethical, sustainable version of YOU – will you take the challenge? To sign-up, head to PalmOilChallenge.com
2. Use Your Voice!
As a citizen, there are many ways you can voice your concerns about the impacts of conflict-palm oil. Below are some current petitions and letter writing campaigns you can participate in.
A US company is planning to tear down a huge chunk of Cameroonian rainforest for its palm oil development. This particular area of forest is home to thousands of people who stand to lose their land if the project goes ahead, as well as endangered wildlife like chimpanzees, drills, and African forest elephants. Send an email to Herakles Farms through the follow Greenpeace page to demand Herakles drops its palm oil plans in Cameroon. Click here.
PepsiCo & Conflict Palm Oil:
There are still some critical manufacturers that are refusing to take action to address their conflict palm oil problem. One of the worst offenders - who is also one of the biggest makers of popular kid's snacks - won't even acknowledge the destruction it's causing. PepsiCo is a major conflict palm oil laggard, dragging its feet, refusing to admit it even has a problem. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used annually, PepsiCo has a huge impact on the planet, the forests, and the people and animals which call them home. To tell PepsiCo you won't have deforestation, extinction or slavery in your home, Click here.
Shut Down Surabaya Zoo:
The Surabaya Zoo in East Java is beyond a nightmare for the animals it houses. A dead giraffe found with a beachball-sized wad of plastic food wrappers in its stomach and Sumatran tigers slowly starving to death in small concrete enclosures are among just some of the occurrences within this horrendous facility. There are persistent suspicions that members of staff at the zoo are connected with illegal wildlife trafficking, supplying the zoo with animals that have been smuggled from their rainforest habitats after the forest has been opened-up for logging and palm oil development. Approximately 15 - 25 animals die each month. Please sign the petition to place pressure on the zoo, government and authorities to shut down this prison. Click here.
Justice for Mowgli:
The Sabah Wildlife Department plan to release Mowgli, a 13-year-old orangutan who has been in captivity since he was 1 month old, into the Sepilok-Kabili forest. This poses a serious threat to Mowgli who has never learnt survival skills such as how to feed himself or build nests, as well as tourists visiting the area, as he is very habituated to humans. In his early years, Mowgli was sent to hotels to pose in photos with tourists, and was forced to perform in animal shows at zoos. Those who have made financial profits from exploiting Mowgli should pay for his lifetime care in captivity, with daily enrichment. To ask the SWD not to release Mowgli into the Sepilok forest, Click here.
3. Give A Little
As a volunteer, you can help support those working on the frontline to protect forests, wildlife and communities against destructive palm oil development.
Adopt, buy & donate:
The Orangutan Project directly supports centres across Borneo & Sumatra that rescue and rehabilitate orangutans and other wildlife affected by deforestation, as well as fund projects that employ local people to safeguard rainforest from illegal logging.
To make a donation, buy merchandise or 'adopt' an orangutan, please visit: www.orangutan.org.au
If you’re seeking to visit the jungles of Borneo or Sumatra and experience life-changing encounters with wildlife, see the impact of deforestation firsthand and support vital environmental, wildlife and people-focused projects, our friends at Raw Wildlife Encounters (RWE) can help you out! RWE is a leading eco travel agency and tour operator that runs small-group tours all around the world, including to Borneo and Sumatra. The tours are lead by qualified wildlife professionals who take guests along roads less well-travelled and allow them truly incredible learning experiences with unique wildlife.
Raw Wildlife Encounters fosters responsible tourism that benefits the local people, environment and wildlife through Raw Community and Conservation Programs. RWE run 16 different tours to locations in Indonesia and Malaysia alone.
To learn more, visit: www.rawildlife.com.au
Rise of the Eco-Warriors
Rise of the Eco-Warriors is a feature documentary directed by Dr Cathy Henkel (The Burning Season) that follows the journey of 15 young people from nine countries who spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo.