Save Indonesian Forests From Being Destroyed

Target: United Nations REDD

Goal: To increase and secure protection for Indonesia’s forests and peatlands to combat global warming.

Indonesia has the world’s third largest area of tropical forest which acts as one of the world’s largest carbon traps. Indonesian forests are crucial for combatting global warming as well as for preserving the world’s biodiversity. Despite their value, the Indonesian government continually destroys valuable rainforest land for development.

Each year over 2.5 million acres are cleared for coal and palm oil needs. This is a chilling number because the peatlands surrounding the rainforests hold about 30 billion tons of carbon, or an equivalent of 3 years of the world’s total carbon usage. Losing these forests would destroy invaluably rare species as well as release an abundance of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere, rapidly increasing global temperatures.

Recently Indonesia passed a $1 billion moratorium with Norway that put a 2 year ban on licenses that would permit people to clear peatlands and primary forests. Sadly the climate deal with Norway is very weak. The total new, protected area under the deal is at most 22.5 million hectares which is less than half of previous government estimates. Only 1/3rd of that land is peatlands. Furthermore, the moratorium failed to include protection for logged over and secondary forests as well as previously protected land. Lastly there is a risk of the moratorium being easily undermined as the Indonesian government is already writing exceptions to the protective clauses for national development in areas such as sugar cane or rice. Indonesian forests are at great risk of being erased permanently. Please help to encourage awareness of their plight and help solidify climate treaties that protect these forests.

PETITION LETTER

Dear UN REDD Program,

As you know, Indonesia is the world’s third largest preserved rainforest and also one of the world’s largest carbon traps. Indonesia’s peatlands that span 20 million hectares alone trap over 30 billion tons of carbon monoxide (3 years of the world’s total use). As millions of acres each year are destroyed for coal, palm oil, and sugarcane, the rate at which carbon is released into the ozone is staggering.

Furthermore Indonesia’s recent moratorium with Norway, hoping to prevent further licenses to clear lands does not protect formerly protected areas, secondary or logged over forests, and spans less than half of the land promised by previous government estimates.

Since the creation of REDD in the United Nations, over $18 million has been distributed to protect some of the worlds most valuable forests in an effort to combat climate change. Now it is Indonesia’s turn to be a beneficiary. Indonesia needs your help as direly as Brazil or Zimbabwe. Please help to enforce Indonesia’s recent climate deal and help with funding that will ensure protection of forests that not only house incredible biodiversity, they also contain massive amounts of carbon that could expedite global warming by leaps and bounds.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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