Target: Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak
Goal: Reduce the rate at which the logging industry is deforesting Malaysia
A recent comprehensive study by the Carnegie Institution of Science has determined that over 80% of Malysian Borneo has been deforested. The rainforest, once one of the most diverse regions in the world, now contains little over 45,000 kilometers of forest ecosystem. The Malaysian government has allowed this to happen by heavily subsidizing the logging industry, despite knowing the risks involved. It is their duty to the land and people of Malaysia to stop this trend, before all of Malaysian Borneo is uninhabitable.
Malaysia’s logging industry is one of the largest in the world, and is the principle industry of Malaysia. However, a report from Tsing Hua University shows that the current rate of deforestation is four times more than would be sustainable, and that Malaysia has a variety of other industries that could take its place. In other words, reads the report, “ logging does not have to be as destructive a practice as it currently is in Malaysia.”
The current logging in Borneo has put in jeopardy the continued existence of a variety of rare species, including the highly endangered proboscis monkey and Borneo pygmy elephant. It has also taken a toll on the quality of the air in Malaysia: rainforests store huge amounts of carbon, the cycle of which is disrupted when large numbers of trees are destroyed. In addition, the destructive swathe of deforestation puts indigenous Semai people at risk, as well as being highly disrespectful of their unique animistic religious beliefs, which hold many of Borneo’s ancient trees sacred.
The government of Malaysia is entirely capable of reducing the entirely unsustainable level of logging in Malaysian Borneo. As such, the government has a duty to stop hurting its land and citizens by allowing this extensive deforestation to take place. Urge them to protect Malaysian Borneo’s forests before the remaining land is lost.
Dear Prime Minister Najib Razak,
A recent report by the Carnegie Institution of Science has revealed that over 80% of Malaysian Borneo has been destroyed by the logging industry. This area is home to an incredible amount of ecological diversity, as well as a large number of Orang Asli tribes that hold Borneo’s ancient trees to be sacred. Needless to say, this extreme deforestation has negatively affected all of the aforementioned parties, and must be stopped.
All studies seem to indicate that Malaysia can survive without this excessive reliance on the logging industry. It is your duty as Prime Minister of Malaysia to protect its people and environment by cutting back on this unsustainable level of deforestation.
[Your Name Here]
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