Save Orangutans!
  • Petitioned Achim Steiner

This petition was delivered to:

UNEP Executive Director
Achim Steiner
President, Republic of Indonesia
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Save Orangutans!

    1. Hogan Sherrow
    2. Petition by

      Hogan Sherrow

      Athens, OH

An environmental catastrophe continues in the forests of Aceh province and other forests throughout Indonesia. Palm oil companies have continued their slash and burn techniques, leaving wildlife without the ecologies they rely on, or worse. The multinational conglomerates that make up the palm oil industry are operating illegally, flying in the face of National Law, and killing off an international treasure, the Sumatran orangutan. The Aceh region is particularly important. It is home to the densest population of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, one of the few ape species alive today. Conservationists have estimated that over half of the orangutans found in the forests in Aceh province have already perished, some burning to death in the fires used to clear swamps for palm oil plantations. The remaining orangutans will almost certainly go extinct, if something isn't done.

As a Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University and Director of the Hominid Behavior Research Project I have worked in forests around the world on issues of ape conservation for over fifteen years. I was fortunate to spend time in on the island of Java, Indonesia in 1999, working to save the Javan gibbon. As a result, I am very familiar with the complexities, challenges and immediacy of this situation. If something is not done, right away, the Sumatran orangutan and critically endangered populations of elephants, tigers and rhinos will disappear off the face of the earth forever.

This latest move by Indonesia's local elected officials to destroy habitat for profit threatens to eradicate an entire ecosystem, flies in the face of Indonesian law and demands international action. The Sumatran orangutan is a world heritage species and an international treasure. To knowingly and willfully threaten its existence is contrary to International Law, and requires action by the United Nations, much the same as a humanitarian or natural disaster crisis would. 

With your help we can deliver 10,000 signatures to Executive Director Achim Steiner of the UNEP and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, calling on them to intervene on behalf of the Sumatran orangutan.  The UN and the Indonesidan government should work together to send environmental and conservation inspectors to Indonesia to monitor the spaital and planning committees activities regarding areas critical to the survival of the Sumatran orangutan and the other animals in their habitats.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Small Victories

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      Asia Paper & Pulp has pledged to stop logging in old growth rainforests! This is HUGE for the future of orangutans and the health of Asian ecosystems. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-06/asia-pulp-and-paper-to-stop-logging-virgin/4503280

      Asia Pulp and Paper to stop logging virgin rainforest - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Updated February 06, 2013 08:17:00 Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies, says it will no longer log in virgin rain forests. Conservation groups have accused the company of illegally logging protected species and directly threatening the endangered Sumatran Tiger.

    3. New partnerships!

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      I have been in touch with the dedicated troops at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) https://www.facebook.com/sumatranorangutan. Ian his group are working tirelessly on this issue and together we are making noise and working to save orangutans and their habitats. Thanks for all you do!

    4. 2183 and counting!

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      Your support for this critical issue is overwhelming and we are getting noticed! We have passed 2,000 and have 2,183 signatures and counting! I have had numerous discussions with the Coordinator of the UN's Great Ape Survival Partnership [GRASP] and our concerns are being heard by the United Nations. Keep going, spread the word and let's #saveorangutans!

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Coming up on 1,500!

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      We are getting closer to our ultimate goal. Every time someone signs an email is generated to the UNEP, and they are noticing. I will be speaking with someone from UNEP this week, and will post an update here afterward. Keep up the good work and let's push for true ecological justice.

    7. More on the palm oil industry

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      This is the system that orangutans are collateral damage of

    8. UN contacted and the momentum continues

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      GREAT NEWS! Ii was in touch with a representative from the United Nations this past week and they are responding to our petition, but they need to see more signatures. Please share this as far and wide as you can, and get everyone you know to sign. Thank you!

    9. Alliance of NGO's calls upon the Indonesian Government to uphold the law

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      A whole alliance of NGO's has called upon the Indonesian Government to uphold the laws protecting Tripa forest. If you haven't shared this petition with everyone you know, now is the time to do it.

    10. Walhi and REDD team up

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      More on the situation in Tripa - while the investigations begin, the forests continue to be cleared.

    11. Dr. Ian Singelton on the importance of Tripa for the Sumatran orangutan

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      Here is a report from an expert, in the field, talking about this dire situation

    12. Rainforest Action Network details orangutan plight

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      This is a great report by RAN on the crisis in the Tripa forest.

    13. GRASP joins the fight for Sumatra's orangutans

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      The UN Great Ape Survival Partnership, headed by Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, has sent an open letter to the President of Indonesia asking him to intervene in Aceh province on behalf of the Sumatran orangutan and the other species threatened by the destruction of the peat forests in the region. The letter can be found here:

    14. 1,000 signatures reached!

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your efforts we have reached 1,000 signatures and the momentum is starting to build! Thanks to everyone who has signed so far. I have a new challenge - get 5 people you know to sign right now. The situation is dire, the consequences are permanent and we have a chance to make a real difference to the hundreds of orangutans, other animals, and people living in and relying on the Tripa forest ecosystem. Thanks!

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. Indonesian courts are on the side of corporations, not orangutans

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      It is more critical than ever that the UN step in and do something about the environmental catastrophe taking place in Aceh province, Indonesia. You can help. Share this story and the petition with everyone you know. Urge them to sign, and together we will work to save the Sumatran orangutan in the Tripa forest from devastation.

    17. Over 600 signatures in 2 days! Keep sharing, keep tweeting, save orangutans

      Hogan Sherrow
      Petition Organizer

      Because you took the time to sign this petition, the Sumatran orangutan has a chance of survival in the Tripa forest, but our work isn't done yet. We've increased our signature goal and we need you to share this with everyone you know on Facebook, Twitter, through email and every other way you know, to help ensure that orangutans in the Tripa forest survive.

    18. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Waltraud U. VIENNA, AUSTRIA
      • 9 months ago

      People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

      ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

      DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

      "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment."

      - Ansel Adams, photographer.

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    • Ana Pérez Marín BARAKALDO, BIZKAIA, SPAIN, SPAIN
      • 11 months ago

      El ser humano es el más imbécil de los seres vivos. Destruye todo lo que toca.

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    • Zsuzsi Koncz BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
      • about 1 year ago

      World is importatan for me.

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    • Jill Kethel WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      They fall to the ground, still burning and screaming. They actually adopt a 'begging position', covering their heads and crying. They are then beaten to death with clubs. Perhaps because they are 'in the way'...of profits. This is going to stop! The more sophisticated nations are well aware of this, and are outraged. Thanks to the internet, lot's of 'dirty little secrets' are being exposed. Take heed, and find another product to use.

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    • Tabi Kime LEEK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      We can't let creatures like this go extinct

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