The rainforests of Indonesia are being bulldozed, burned and replaced by palm oil plantations


The rainforests of Indonesia are being bulldozed, burned and replaced by palm oil plantations.
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greenpeace“Holy….!” That was the first thought that went through my head while looking out the window during a recent flight over Indonesia. Where there was supposed to be rainforest, rows of palm trees stretched to the horizon.
The forest was gone — bulldozed, burned and replaced with palm oil plantations. The destruction was unimaginable.
It was that moment I realized it was going to take a global effort on a massive scale to transform the palm oil industry from the rainforest’s biggest threat to a partner in its protection. I work for Greenpeace because I know it’s possible. But not without your support.
Help stop rainforest destruction for dirty palm oil. Please give what you can to support Greenpeace’s work to save the Indonesian  rainforest and fight on the frontlines of environmental destruction  everywhere.

We are almost to our goal of raising $150,000 by Dec. 31. Joao Talocchi Greenpeace Palm Oil Campaigner
My flight above the palm oil plantations had been a shock, but nothing prepared me for the forest destruction on the ground. I arrived in one of the most crucial regions of Indonesian rainforest to find miles of forest burned or cleared. Not even in use just destroyed and empty.
What had been habitat for endangered orangutans, tigers and even elephants just months before was now burnt stumps and fallen logs. Every step I took raised a small cloud of ash.
Even though many patches of rainforest like the one I visited are cleared illegally, the Indonesian government often doesn’t have the power or resources to investigate.
Greenpeace does, though only through the support of people like you. Make a gift now and add the power that makes our campaign to stop rainforest destruction, and all of our work, possible.
We are on the ground finding answers, monitoring for new areas of forest destruction from satellite, and holding palm oil companies and their customers accountable even when authorities fail to do so.
And the progress we’ve made since my first visit has blown me away. The largest trader of palm oil in the world committed to only buy traceable zero-deforestation palm oil after Greenpeace exposed their connection to forest destruction this year. Big companies like Unilever and Nestle have made policies to only buy no deforestation palm oil.
We haven’t won yet. But we’re making progress. Now is an absolutely critical time.
2014 could be a turning point for the rainforests of Indonesia. Make a donation today to our efforts to save the rainforest and protect the environment worldwide. We have almost reached our goal of $150,000 by Dec. 31, and every gift makes a difference.
Greenpeace is completely independent. We don’t take a dime for corporations or governments. It’s what allows us to hold those responsible for rainforest destruction accountable and to do what’s right for the environment. It also means that without the support of people like you, none of it is possible.
Let’s make 2014 an even better year than this year for rainforests in Indonesia. For the endangered animals that live there. For the climate. And for our future.
Thank you,
Joao Talocchi Greenpeace Palm Oil Campaigner
P.S. Please make a donation today to our work on environmental frontlines around the world. We have almost reached our goal of $150,000 by Dec. 31st, and every gift counts.