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 will be the world’s first holistic, consumer program that will help consumers to reduce their consumption of conflict-palm oil one step at a time, and ultimately live a more ethical, sustainable and healthful lifestyle.
The program will be broken into 4 sections, “Fridge”, “Pantry”, “Bathroom” & “Laundry”, with one instalment delivered per week. Each will focus on how, as a consumer, you can make small changes in relation to your consumption of products found in these specific areas of the house. You will leave the program with a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources to help you lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle, and be more conscious of your impact day-to-day. The challenge will focus on 3 main principles:
1. Swapping: There are certain products we cannot avoid day-to-day, however more often than not they contain conflict-palm oil. We will help you to find alternatives that either contain genuinely CSPO (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) or alternative ingredients to palm oil that don’t have negative environmental and social implications.
2. Cut Down & DIY: By reducing your consumption in certain areas as well as making more of your own products, you can help to remove conflict-palm oil and other unsustainable vegetable oils from your lifestyle. The 28 Day Palm Oil Challenge will provide you with a variety tips and resources on how you can achieve this.
3. Pressuring Companies: While the majority of the challenge will focus around introducing new consumer habits into your day-to-day lifestyle, we will also offer you with the ability to send pre-written emails to companies who need to clean up their act when it comes to palm oil. This is very important because otherwise companies won't know you care!
The development of the 28 Day Palm Oil Challenge is underway and the program will be released by early 2015. If you would like to help with the development or delivery of the challenge, please contact us - email@example.com
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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.
The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of orangutans remaining anywhere in the world and is the only place where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears live in the same forest together. The people of Aceh have long fought to protect the valuable Leuser Ecosystem, but today, it is at a crossroads with massive palm oil companies pushing to open this pristine ecosystem up for mass clearing and plant palm oil development. Local activists and community members are being joined by scientists and conservationists around the world to call for the Leuser ecosystem to be nominate as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To send your message to Governor Abdullah via the Rainforest Action Network, 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.
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.