At What Cost?

Written by Ashley Schaeffer

Topics: Agribusiness, Wildlife

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Late last week, NBC’s primetime program “Rock Center with Brian Williams” aired an episode about the destruction of the last remaining orangutan habitat, the Tripa forest of Indonesia, for palm oil plantations.

Rainforest Action Network helped with the behind the scenes legwork to get this important program on the air. Now we need to maximize its impact by ensuring as many people see it as possible. Please watch the show today (below) and then share it with your friends and family using the social media buttons above.

It is because of the tireless efforts of RAN supporters and activists that the destruction of the Tripa forest first gained an international spotlight. The response to our call to action, combined with media coverage about the decimation of what had been the densest population of orangutans left in the world, led the President of Indonesia to dispatch a team of investigators to the scene.

What happened next was historic. In a country with a dismal record of enforcing its own laws when it comes to protecting forests, the investigators declared that the clearing was indeed illegal and the operating permit for the main company responsible was revoked.

It is more important than ever that the eyes of the world remain focused on the threats facing Indonesia’s orangutans so that enforcement becomes the norm and not the exception.

Let’s ensure this NBC piece has the farthest reach of any coverage the orangutan crisis has received yet. Please help us by watching and sharing this video widely.

6 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. lori says:

    great but in addition to sharing the video with friends… what can people actually do to stop the destruction
    ?

  2. Joan Kramer says:

    Sadly this is happening in many parts of the world. In Costa Rica the rain forests are being cut down to make room for coconut plantations to satisfy the demand for coconut water in other countries. This is criminal and must be stopped. Poor countries will do anything sometimes to make revenue for their people, even when that very action is destructive to their own environment. We must find ways to get countries to act in their own interests without destroying habitats and needed trees for the world.

  3. Muriel Servaege says:

    Orangutans are as clever as ten-year-old children. You wouldn’t allow your children to be treated like that. Why do you allow that to happen to orangutans?

  4. renie p. says:

    I am sick and tired of arrogant ,greedy,heartless corporations raping,maiming,plundering and pillaging our wild places and the wild animals who live there.Would these coldblooded corporate CEO”s like to have their corp HQ”s burned to the ground because this is what the CEO of Cargill or other corps in the palm oil industry are doing to the home of orangutans.Despicable.Repugnant.Reprehensible.

  5. Dina Angress says:

    Please! Keep on saving those beautiful, smart animals! I want my great-grand kids to be able to observe and enjoy them! Thanks!

  6. @Lori – I know it is heart wrenching to watch this destruction and feel powerless up against these massive corporations.

    As one of the largest global traders of palm oil based in the U.S., Cargill is our primary target and we’d love you to join our campaign to pressure company leaders to adopt safeguards on their palm oil supply chain: http://understory.ran.org/2011/07/14/what-do-cargill%E2%80%99s-recent-palm-oil-commitments-mean-for-its-customers/.

    At RAN we are doing what we can to change the way palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, which combined are responsible for almost 90% of the world’s palm oil production. If you’d like to receive our rapid responder email updates and action opportunities, you can sign up here: http://www.ran.org/agribusinessalerts.

    Thanks to all for sharing your comments!

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