Indonesia: milestone for rainforest protection
Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil retailer, wants to finally crack down on rainforest destruction. The world’s largest palm oil retailer, Wilmar International, which supplies Nestlé and Unilever, has released a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. Wilmar supplies palm oil to most of the world’s major food and cosmetics brands. The announcement is therefore a potential breakthrough.
If Wilmar keeps his word, by the end of 2019, he will use satellites to monitor all of his palm oil suppliers, making it nearly impossible to overcome the destruction of the forest. Wilmar`s announcement also puts pressure on the rest of the sector, including other major commodity traders such as Golden Agri Resources and Musim Mas, which source palm oil from forest destroyers.
“Greenpeace will take a close look to make sure Wilmar delivers” said Kiki Taufik, Global Head of the Indonesian Forests campaign at Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
If Wilmar’s commitments are consistently implemented, the ruthless destruction of rainforests for palm oil plantations could soon be a thing of the past.
• In the course of a worldwide campaign, Greenpeace has been stubbornly mobilizing against the dirty business of the palm oil industry in recent months and more than 1.3 million people have signed its petition for rainforest protection.
• On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, Greenpeace activists have occupied a Wilmar refinery and have asked the group to stop trading in dirty palm oil. A demand that Wilmar now wants to put into action!
And also from South America comes a very good message!
Amazon Reef: Red card for Total
The Brazilian environmental protection authority IBAMA has finally banned the oil company Total to drill oil on the Amazon reef. The rationale: drilling oil in the fragile ecosystem could lead to pollution that irreparably damages the reef and life on the ocean floor – a risk that is highly calculable, as Greenpeace experts and Brazilian scientists have repeatedly criticized publicly. Amazon is also known as “the lung of the earth”!
Greenpeace had mobilized for years with education campaigns and protests against the irresponsible drilling plans – actions that have paid off!
These examples show: Together we can manage to defy even overpowering opponents.
My comment: We fought for years against the deforestation of rainforests. For the protection of the life of animals and humans. Now we get the first good results, it seems a light in the horizon.
We were the David against Goliath, we were and are the little ones. But we fought and need to keep fighting.
“Whoever fights can lose.
Who does not fight has already lost”!
My best regards to all, Venus