NO-WHERE TO GO, NO-WHERE TO HIDE
“OUR SUCCESS IN TRANSFORMING THE COMMODITY MARKETS WILL DETERMINE NATURE’S (AND OUR) FATE ” MongaBay http://ow.ly/a8DiF
According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the deforestation that has already taken place in Indonesia for palm oil, and the illegal logging that is still occurring there now, indicate that most of the country’s rainforest will have been destroyed entirely by the year 2022.
An ECOCIDE of Mammoth Proportions
“Just 300-500 companies worldwide control 70 percent of the trade of each of the 15 key commodities linked to habitat destruction and degradation. And less than 100 corporations impact half of global production.”
This is an issue that must be addressed and addressed head on NOW. Planet Earth survives because of a healthy biodiversity where all species in the web of life are symbiotic, interdependent and which we humans depend upon for our very survival. As top of the food chain, we humans have both a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure this balance is maintained, not just for our own survival sake, but for all life that we depend upon in all ecosystems. We are destroying Nature at an alarming pace; emptying our oceans, destroying our soils and waterways, poisoning our food and wildlife with lashing of pesticides and chemicals with no idea what the final outcome of this destruction will be. Extinction is forever and the inbuilt intelligence of ecosystems is beyond our scientific minds due to its intricacies and self-regulating integrity. And if take an icon such as the Orangutan (one of our distant cousins) to wake us up, so be it. For we must WAKE UP, get out of our heads, put aside our linear statistical thinking and reconnect with the circular organic process of life that we are part of and depend on for our health & well being.
LIVETEN – Australia – REPORTS
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RainForest Action Network: http://understory.ran.org/?s=Orangutans+Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest, deliberately set by palm oil corporations, may have killed a third of the remaining rare Sumatran orangutans. About 200 of the original 3,000 still live there. Only 12,267 hectares (30,311 acres) of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares (148,260 acres) of forest remain.The rest has been broken up and degraded as palm oil companies drain the swamp and terminate the life of the forests. Orangutans in Indonesian Forest May Die Out in Weeks
Insofar as our rainforests and all life within them (that help maintain atmospheric and land based stability for us) we see, again, multinational blatant and criminal disregard for international agreements and responsibilities under the REDD project. Hiding behind the guise of “sustainability” and “certified” http://rspo.org is creating ECOCIDE throughout the world’s rainforests, destroying all life within the forests and turning forest people into slaves. Their “Green-Washing” is deplorable and reprehensible. Don’t be mislead by their latest pr spin; it’s all about the bottom-line & quarterly profits: “Sustainable palm is good for environment, and business revenues, finds World Wildlife Fund report” http://ow.ly/a6X0U SEE: Cargill’s Record Profits ($4.2 BILLION Dollars) 63% increase over previous year, but come at the Expense of Rainforest Destruction » Rainforest Action Network Blog. This also raises issues about the true financial backing of the World Wildlife Fund – SEE: WWF – “The Pact with the Panda Part1″
“The success of governments and big corporations in eliminating environmental degradation from the products we consume will play a critical role in determining the fate of the world’s remaining wild places, said a group of experts speaking at a panel during the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship” [related posts]
“Forests are the lungs of our planet. More than 40% of the world’s oxygen is produced by rainforests. They are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Furthermore, the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forests. More than a quarter of modern medicines, worth an estimated US$ 108 billion a year, originate from tropical forest plants. The carbon in forests exceeds the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere” UNDP
WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING INDONESIA – IT’S GLOBAL: Photos of Rainforest Deforestation http://ow.ly/a8J2x
“Illegal Logging” is NOT carried out by renegade groups. It is deliberately calculated by mega corporations who don’t think twice about destroying our biosystems to serve their quarterly bottom lines. Indonesia’s Largest Palm Oil Producer Sees Profits Double on Rising Prices” (Net income increased to $1.17 billion for the quarter ending on Dec. 31, compared with $473 million a year earlier) Cargill’s Record Profits ($4.2 BILLION Dollars) 63% increase over previous year, but come at the Expense of Rainforest Destruction » Rainforest Action Network Blog.
These corporate “marauding pirates” consider the orangutans (and native indigenous peoples) as “pests” when they are left “homeless” and stranded in their once-forest lands now denuded of all life for palm oil (biofuels, agriculture and mining). In this instance, bounties are put on orangutans heads to have the now homeless natives kill them to stop the remaining orangutans eating the palm oil plants, the only possible food left for them (which is not their natural diet). These corporations thumb their noses at governments and international agencies and need to be held accountable for ecocide crimes. Making ECOCIDE a Law at Rio+20 – Putting People and Planet First. Gorbachev calls for global court for environmental crimes Who Owns the Land Anyway? THE LAND OWNS US
The Palm Oil Ecocide falls in line with other global mega industries and their total disregard for our natural ecosystems of planetary life: OIL/GAS/MINING World’s largest transnational #MINING corporations exploiting Indigenous West Papua’s oil & minerals; PESTICIDES/CHEMICALS; Pesticides and Profits BigAg genetically modified food (GMO) and their unnatural monoculture crops World According to Monsanto BIG PHARMA PHARMACEUTICALS People and Power – Drug Money ; and the global financial/banking industry that backs them. Will we just sit and wait until all power has been removed from the people allowing these mega corporations to have their way with our lives, the health of our planet, and YOU?
“Tropical rainforests are incredibly rich ecosystems. These precious systems are among the most threatened on the planet. Although the precise area is debated, each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear from Earth. At least another 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest are degraded. Along with them, the planet loses as many as several hundred species to extinction, the vast majority of which have never been documented by science. As these forests fall, more carbon is added to the atmosphere, climactic conditions are further altered, and more topsoil is lost to erosion.” Forces Behind the Loss of Tropical Rainforests
THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY MOVING SILENT DOCUMENTARY, SEEN FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF AN ORANGUTAN AS IT WATCHES IT’S HOME FORESTS, FAMILY AND ALL LIFE WANTONLY DESTROYED BEFORE ITS’ EYES – A MUST SEE
DO YOUR PART Before the last forest, the last Orangutan, the last tree is gone….
Are You Eating Dirty Oil? The Environmental Impacts of the Palm Oil Industry | One Green Planet http://ow.ly/afBLs BORNEO/MYANMAR
1. More Than 100 Orangutans Burned Alive in Deliberately Set Indonesian Fires by Palm Oil Corporations http://ow.ly/a0kT0
2. Rare Sumatran orangutans dying as fires rage in Indonesian swamp forest The Guardian http://ow.ly/a787f
3. JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran orangutans. About 200 still live there. Only 12,267 hectares (30,311 acres) of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares (148,260 acres) of forest remain.The rest has been broken up and degraded as palm oil companies drain the swamp and terminate the life of the forests. Orangutans in Indonesian Forest May Die Out in Weeks
4. Our Success in Transforming Commodity Markets Will Determine Nature’s Fate – Mongabay http://ow.ly/a8DiF
5. Tracing the Money, and the Masterminds, of Illegal Logging – NYTimes.com http://ow.ly/a8M5L
6. Green groups may call for boycott of Indonesian palm oil over forest destruction in Sumatra http://ow.ly/ae8MS
7. Governor of Aceh who signed palm oil permit: plantation in Tripa “morally wrong”http://ow.ly/ae94E
1. Deliberate Species Extinction: Indonesian court backs palm oil corporation over orangutan extinction, deforestation and carbon storage http://ow.ly/a5GAV
2. Hundreds of critically endangered orangutans in W.Indonesia could be wiped out by year’s end by Palm oil companies @TIME http://ow.ly/9ZksU
3. Indigenous community forcibly evicted for palm oil in Indonesian Borneo http://ow.ly/a8D5t
4. Concerns standoff between Borneo forest community and Malaysian palm oil developer may turn violent http://ow.ly/a8D7z
5. Indonesia’s Largest Palm Oil Producer Sees Profits Double on Rising Prices http://ow.ly/a8Dfb
6. Cargill’s Record Profits ($4.2 BILLION Dollars) 63% increase over previous year, but come at the Expense of Rainforest Destruction » Rainforest Action Network Blog.
WATCH THESE POWERFUL AND INFORMATIVE VIDEOS:
1. “DEFORESTATION” – What is the real impact? – YouTube http://ow.ly/a6Uf3
2. “GREEN”: Death of the Forests – Witness – Al Jazeera English http://ow.ly/9Y6ae
3. “THE FALLING FORESTS”- All For Palm Oil http://ow.ly/9Y6hc
4. “ORANGUTAN GENOCIDE”- The Palm Oil Crisis – YouTube http://ow.ly/a6TuP
5. “RAPID DEFORESTATION” – Papua New Guinea – An Australian Broadcasting Co. Investigation YouTube http://ow.ly/a6WKy
6. “Indigenous community witnesses end of forest for palm oil” http://ow.ly/a8D2R
7. News 10 Australia Reports: PALM OIL ECOCIDE – A TRAGEDY IN THE MAKING http://ow.ly/a8IOs