Take Action for Forests: 3 campaign alerts from Sumatran Orangutan Society
| 1) Save Tripa, Save Orangutans
Thanks to the worldwide outcry for the Indonesian government to put an end to the destruction of the Tripa peat swamp forests, home to hundreds of orangutans, one company has been kicked off the land – a fantastic result.
But there are still five more companies operating in Tripa, clearing protected forests and putting orangutans at risk! Please sign a new petition, calling on Indonesia’s National Police to build on all the progress made so far and put an immediate end to the destruction.
2) Urgent campaign on European biofuels policy
The President of the European Commission wants to reduce biofuel use in our petrol tanks, but is under a huge amount of pressure from the biofuels industry to change his mind. Please sign this petition to urge him to stick to his guns! Burning food crops (including palm oil) for fuel is a huge new source of demand which will lead to even more rainforests being trashed. Please sign and share widely.
3) UK bioenergy policy
The UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Sir John Beddington, has said, “Cutting down rainforest to produce biofuel crops is profoundly stupid.” Yet the Government is proposing to increase the amount of biofuels being burned in UK power stations – and this is being subsidised through our fuel bills! As well as endangering rainforests and orangutans, and being worse for the climate than fossil fuels, this also pushes up the price of food worldwide.