Help Indonesia Recover From Devastating Forest Fires

Bugaboo_forest_fire_by_Mark_Wolfe

Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Goal: Give Indonesia financial and humanitarian relief in the wake of calamitous forest fires.

Intense forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have created a crisis in both Indonesia and neighboring countries that must be addressed. One hundred and twenty thousand active fires have been detected across the country, and the smoke levels are so high that they have been seen from space. The United Nations has an obligation to lend its support, and the international community must immediately send aid to help Indonesia put an end to this crisis.

Recently, Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry announced that approximately 4.2 million acres of land, including forests, have been destroyed by the fires. The fires were started intentionally as part of an annual process designed to clear land cheaply for palm oil plantations and other agricultural uses. This year, however, the blaze quickly grew out of control due to a combination of extensive drought and El Niño, according to local scientists.

The damage has been massive on all fronts: ecological, humanitarian, and economic. According to reports, hundreds of thousands of people have fallen ill because of the haze in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and experts have estimated the cost of the damage at $14 billion.

Many endangered species that rely on Indonesian forests for shelter, including elephants, tigers, and orangutans, now face an uncertain future. “There will be a huge impact on endangered species because they need a big habitat… And with this gone, there will be more human-animal conflicts,” said Yuyun Indradi, a campaign team leader for Greenpeace Indonesia.

Thankfully, the dry season has ended and it appears that the worst of the fires are over. Nevertheless, Indonesia and its neighbors face a long road to recovery. The United Nations’ purpose is to act as a global means of support and this crisis demands action. Indonesia is a full member of the UN and has faithfully played its role for over 60 years. The UN must recognize its commitment and send financial and humanitarian aid to this ravaged country.

PETITION LETTER:

The forest fire crisis in Indonesia has ravaged the country’s landscape and poses a serious threat to the nation and its neighbors. Approximately 4.2 million acres of land, including forests, have been destroyed by the fires, and the economic, ecologic, and humanitarian damage has been extensive. Hundreds of thousands of people have fallen ill because of the haze in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and experts have estimated the cost of the damage at $14 billion.

In addition, many endangered species that rely on Indonesian forests for shelter, including elephants, tigers, and orangutans, now face an uncertain future with the destruction of their habitats. It is the goal of the United Nations to act as a global means of support and this crisis demands action. Indonesia is a full member of the UN and has faithfully played its role for over 60 years. The UN must recognize its commitment and send financial and humanitarian aid to this country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mark Wolfe

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2 Comments

  1. This is disgusting. What’s your game? This burning is all about producing Palm Oil.

  2. BTW, does Bill Sands actually get paid? If he does, get him to put more money into the pockets of the Corporations and Indonesian politicians in the Palm Oil business there. I’m sure they need it – NOT.

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