AOP Palm Oil Facebook Thread

I came across a discussion thread on the Australian Orangutan Project‘s Facebook group set up by the general public for the general public.  It is basically a great pool of knowledge from people who are trying to shop more consciously when it comes to Palm Oil. It contains; lists of products that are Palm Oil free, websites that sell products that are Palm Oil free/use sustainable Palm Oil, correspondance with big companies about their use of unsustainable Palm Oil, and Palm-Oil-shopping tips! I love it as although you have to trawl though the posts, there’s loads of stuff I didn’t know on there that can help me do my bit. So what are you waiting for….. do your bit too!

Retail Responsibly for Orangutans

Experts at Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, have called on us all to recognise the plight of the rare and diminishing species, the Orangutan. In a conference held on Thursday, Cheryl Knott, a leading Orangutan expert on a project at Harvard University, explained how something as simple as buying the right brands can truly make a big difference.

The main threat to the Orangutan species is the loss of habitat in their only native countries of Burma and Sumatra, Indonesia. A report earlier this year from the United Nations’ Environment Programme [UNEP] said Indonesia’s forest habitat for orangutans may be gone by 2022 without intervention. Boycotting retail products that source Palm Oil from an unsustainable source, can cut down on the massive rainforest loss.

RETAIL RESPONSIBLY

  • Read the labels of your grocery and toiletry shopping, choose brands that either do not use Palm Oil at all, or use a sustainable source.
  • Do not buy any wood materials from an uncertified tropical hardwood – it will have come from an illegal logging site. Anything from toothpicks to furniture…..
  • Next time you pass a charity box at a zoo or otherwise aimed at underfunded conservation efforts – drop £1 in. If we all made a small contribution the difference would be huge.

Not only are the trees destroyed, but the mothers killed and the babies taken away to be sold as illegal pets, forcing them into a new life of captivity and misery. Please do a little something to help – a little change for you could make a massive change for them.

Thinking & Acting Sustainably: Profile of a 21st Century Professional

A one day workshop for professionals from PP4SD and The Institution of Environmental Sciences will be held in London, on 5th December, 2007.

The majority of professionals in the environmental field need sustainable development knowledge and skills in their employment but most undergraduate programmes provide insufficient knowledge and skills for professionals to cope with the sustainable development aspects of their jobs. Continue reading

Killing Fields: Palm Oil Farming

Even though there is thousands of acres of abandoned farm land capable of reaping crops, Palm Oil farmers always prefer to use already live forests to grow plantations. This is because Palm Oil takes at least 5 years to begin producing, and the farmers use the profit from the timber sales to fund the first few years of operation.

Loss of the forests results however, in the loss of capability to absorb CO2 and convert it into oxygen, which is nature’s way of balancing all other beings carbon dioxide emissions. As well as this, the peat swamps in which the forests grow are disturbed, releasing massive amounts of CO2, alongside the air pollution and even more CO2 released during the burning part of the ‘Slash and Burn’. Continue reading