Monday, July 28, 2008

Save the Orangutan Stop Buying Products With Palm Oil

Sometimes you get the feeling that humans are basically parasites destroying the host, planet earth. But the difference between humans and other parasitic species is that humans can change their behavior to stop the destruction. To do this, they need information.

So here is the information, it will require a change in your lifestyle, but I think you'll agree it's worth the effort. The orangutan lives in Indonesia. There are only about 50,000 left in the wild, there were millions roaming the forest in the past century. This species is expected to be extinct in 10 years. What we are doing in Michigan is causing this catastrophe. We are buying products with palm oil.

Palm oil is a green choice. It is used in many products to replace hydrogenated oils. Trans fat is killing people, palm oil while healthy is destroying entire ecosystems. Virgin rain forests are being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. Indonesia is destroying forests at a rate that is unimaginable. The orangutan lives in the forest being destroyed for palm oil.

The solution is simple, when shopping look at the ingredients and do not buy anything with palm oil. If you have a little extra time, write down the name of the product and company that manufactures it and send them an email or letter and let them know you chose not to buy their product because of the palm oil. If they get enough letters, they will stop using palm oil.

We are the ones causing the destruction through our consumerism, let's use consumerism to solve the problem.

Here's the Nightline story that raised my awareness: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5238877

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