Make Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil a Legal Requirement
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Unsustainably sourced palm oil is one of the leading causes of deforestation of the rainforest in places such as Madagascar and Indonesia. Deforestation has a detrimental impact on the people who live in the rainforest and the environment globally. The world's rainforests are home to over half of all plants and animals on earth despite the fact they cover less than 5% of it's surface. The rainforest is disappearing alarmingly quickly and many plant and animal species are going with them. The destruction of the rainforest is also a major contributor to global warming - which affects us all. The lifestyles of indigenous tribes are also at risk as the forest their livelihood relies upon is destroyed.
However this can change, if companies are required by law to source the palm oil in their products sustainably, many rainforest species, such as the orang-utan, can be saved before it is to late.
Until such point as this is achieved, I urge you to boycott companies sourcing their palm oil unsustainably (information about which can be found via the WWF or the Ethical Consumer).
Palm oil is used in a number of everyday products such as lipsticks, chocolates and soap and companies often use a number of alternative names, such as palm kernal or palmitic acid.More information on products that use palm oil can be found at: https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/which-everyday-products-contain-palm-oil
I believe that taking care of our planet is essential, not only to save endangered species from extinction but also to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity that we do, to admire its many wonders.
I hope that in signing this petition you can help to lead the way in sourcing palm oil more sustainably so that our planet can breathe again.
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