Target: Muhammad Yunus, Indonesia’s Environment Ministry’s Law Enforcement Director
Goal: Stop burning Indonesia’s rainforests for palm oil.
A South Korean-based company is destroying Indonesia’s rainforests in order to plant trees for palm oil. The company, Korindo Group, has already cleared 193 square miles of tropical forest. Hundreds of more square miles are at risk of being burned so the popular oil that is used in soaps and various foods can be grown. Such an act is against Indonesian law, authorities say. Companies that burn land can face legal fees as high as $735,000, while executives may face up to a decade in jail.
Clearing the land is detrimental to both the environment and the villages that call the forest home. Burning forests causes greenhouse gases to form, which are a leading contributor to global warming. Entire habitats are being displaced and lost. Villages, which once depended on the forests for food and income, have lost their resources.
The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has already passed a moratorium on land clearing for the purposes of large palm oil plantations. Sign the petition to demand that the company stop this damaging practice. If it continues, it will have cleared more Indonesian land than any other company. The actions of the company have resulted in an increase in global warming and a decrease in resources available to the people who call the rainforest home.
Dear Mr. Yunus,
The beautiful and diverse rainforests of your nation have come under attack recently. The South Korean-based company Korindo has burned nearly two hundred square miles of land and has placed hundreds of more square miles in harm’s way, all for palm oil plantations.
Burning land is understandably illegal in Indonesia. It creates greenhouse gases that pollute the air and lead to global warming. Land clearing also robs the rainforest of its diverse ecosystem because the unique animals that call it home lose their habitats. Clearing the land of its valuable resources will also harm your fellow citizens who once depended on the rainforest for food and a reliable source of income.
Korindo should be held responsible for its actions. In Indonesia, companies caught burning land are fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, while executives are jailed. However, Korindo has not officially been charged and has yet to face the penalties that come with burning land. I ask you to punish the company for its harmful actions to the environment. Should the company continue to burn, your nation’s rainforests may be lost forever.
[Your Name Here]
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