Orangutan caring week is coming to an end. Social media picked it up and ran with it full blast. So much so that every other Facebook post, tweet, Instagram post and media reports have been about saving orangutans and their habitat.
The banned Iceland advert ‘Ran-tang’ generated more impact and media coverage than had it been allowed.
Orangutan Veterinary Aid, The Orangutan Project, Save the Orangutan, World Orangutan Events, BOS and International Animal Rescue, to name a few, having been sending out messages to save the critically endangered orangutan and have been rewarded to see the overwhelming support from the general public and celebrities alike.
But there have also been posts sending the message that ‘boycotting palm oil achieves nothing’ and ‘palm oil boycott could increase deforestation’. While I can understand this point of view, I also must disagree with it. Yes, banning palm oil would simply push demand for more land hungry oils such as soy but, many scientists consider palm oil as one of the greatest threats to diversity. And considering how long this fight for sustainable palm has been going on for and the supposed control of it. Orangutans have still been losing their lives and their habitat for many years. So sustainable is simply not working or achieving its aim right now.
Deforestation intensified in the 1970’s, and has accelerated ever since. So much so that in 2008 it was estimated that tropical rainforests in Indonesia would be logged out in a decade.
Well, we are now coming to the end of that decade 2018, and the only method that hasn’t been tried is to avoid palm oil – not for ever – but for now, and certainly ‘dirty palm oil’. Hopefully that may filter through more honest sustainable palm oil. If the big giants have no other choice then they must take the right one and buy sustainable.
If I can be sure the palm I am buying really is sustainable then I for one would support it, but until then my choice is to avoid products containing it wherever I can.
So really there is no other choice right now in order to save the last remaining orangutans, the time has come to just say STOP!
STOP! Tools down, stay the bulldozers, douse the fires, stifle the greed. Stand down. Breathe.
Only then can we save the rainforests and the lives within before it’s too late.