PETITION: Stop Indonesian Palm Oil Crimes Against Environment and People
"Signed" with comment "Indigenous people have a right to live their traditional way of life. The forests are also the only home to many animal and plant species, including orangutans. There is a lot of land that has already been destroyed in Indonesia which could be used to grow oil palms and other crops. In order to make the clearing of forests less profitable to begin with, I join many people around the world and avoid tropical (exotic) timber and products made from it (such as parquetry and garden furniture). We are also demanding that companies list which type of "vegetable oil" they use in products. The RSPO and FSC have not been shown to prevent the logging of new forests or human rights abuses."
Star Noted - Thank You! I went food shopping today and checked on some of the products that you had listed - mostly used in a lot of these Health Bars & Cereals > hydrated Palm Oil
Glad to say that everything I purchased was Palm Oil Free
Signed and forwarded.Shared on Facebook and Twitter
I thought I must have signed this and I had but didn't leave a comment. May I take this opportunity to thank you Michela for all your efforts on this and the other petitions. It's a victory down to you and all the people who signed the 9,000 signatures to the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and got the proposal rejected to clear 33,600 ha of Sumatran rainforest for paper production by the Indonesian Government. It just shows what one person can achieve, and then one and one and one until it snowballs. Well done and we will keep on with other petitions on this because we can't afford to become lax.
I have already signed the petition, but I can post a picture. I hope you like it.
I signed again with my other e-mail address!
Thanks for what you are doing for the orangutans, the Rain Forest and for us all.
STOP THE MADNESS!!!
Have got muddled as to which petitions I have signed so I hope I am not doubling up Sent you a new link for sumartran tiger http://animalhelpsociety-reg-charity.blogspot.com/ I added your link
Signed and posted on Facebook
Signed April 28th & posted to FB.....
You are all doing great in here Thank you so much! Gladly signed!
Signed, Commented, and Shared!
I sign and share all your petition in Facebook
IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE a GREEN STAR it's because: every time I TRY to SEND it.... BUT I've already done so the last week......
I do believe that I signed most of the petitions that you posted. I tried signing this, but, it just kept coming back to this site. I never liked FB and even though I lost out on many of my friends posting of photos,, I refused to give FB all the info they required (forced to join) and told my friends to send it, like they were sending it through my Yahoo account. I do not believe that CARE2 would close your account, for it is an activist site and not a social network, but if they did, I am giving you my PeoplePC Account address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will petition to have your CARE2 account reinstated. You can always get on with a new account - Chela M - to get started again until we get your original account reinstated.
Your dear friend,
I'm sorry, but the HTML code is not working for me. So, I post the link to the video:
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Signed Michela. I have also signed many such petitions on Facebook as part of the several Orangutan organisations who promote their work there eg Orangutan Outreach, Centre for Orangutan Protection, BOS, Orangutan Landtrust and so on. The more we can all do the better. Thanks for directing me to this one.
Signed all petitions and posted to facebook,thanks Michela. And thanks to all who posted all the great pictures. Loved that video.
signed, posted on fb
Michela, I wanted to send you a dozed green stars but already sent your a star. Bless you for all that you do for the Orangutans. If humans live among them how great we could learn from them of their peaceful caring nature.
Signed all!!! Thank you Michaela, you are the best! Great jobs on all the things that you do for the animals XXXXXX
updated,all Signed..Thank you Michela..
Just realized that there was a second petition, now signed thanks again Michela
Signed. Thanks for the spread of awareness
Thanks again Michela.
Love all these pix of the beautiful babies!!
Our politicians cause untold misery and damage--yet they are walking around free (and stealing our money and freedoms) while these innocent beings are chained--I don't understand some "humans" (and don't want to), but where is God while all this (and much worse) is happening? I'm more a "spiritual" than a "preach God" person, but this just boggles the mind!!
Sorry for the rant!
What a good job to save orangutans the way your do. But it's so sad to realise how cruelly and carelessly mothers are killed. The killers should get a heavy sentence for what they do. On the contrary they can get away with their murders, and go on as if it didn't matter at all.
signed on Dec 27 but we still have a lot more signatures to get...Please forward to friends and family
Sadly noted and signed. I hope Care2 is not like Facebook, dear Michela. Grazie!
all 2 signed - dear Michela thx so much
Yes, I click this Care2 site every day plus many others including rainforests. When I clicked the "Please save Tripa forest" I got an email in spam from the Postmaster device that says that My email cannot be forwarded. Has anyone else had this problem?
I just signed it for Jasmine!!
all three signed! if there are more petitions embedded please let me know! Thank you Michela for your continuous hard work.
Signed the last petition. I've been watching Orangutan Island on Animal Planet and the fate of the orangutans sickens me.
I have already signed this petition. When I see the predicament orangutans are in, it reallmy breaks my heart. Local people don't even seem to be aware of the sufferings they inflict on them.
Something has to be done RIGHT NOW. Native people don't understand they are destroying unique riches, which could be exploited differently - I think of tourism - without destroying their orangutans, tigers, elephants. They should be educated without delay and they shoudl learn to respect the animals living there.
all done, thanks Michela
if only they would stop before is too late
I believe I have signed all petitions now.
Hugs to you Michela! For all you do, I gratefully appreciate it.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has". Margaret Mead.
All caught up. It is a desperate situation. How will it ever get better?
Added another drop!
Enjoy the Easter Season!
Noted and elft a comment. What corruption! Life has no value provided the judges are paid.
Thank You Michela. Signed Julia and Colette's posts. Adding a drop in the ocean!
Have signed all petitions now, and have tears watching and reading about the magnificent Orangutans and how they are suffering.
I found some petitions that were supposed to go to Cargill were not accepted, so I gather they have blocked their email sites.
For all you do Michela, I thank you, from a little drop in your ocean.
You are awesome Michele!!
Congratulations for all that you do and Thank you
So much for standing up for the forests and the animals.
You are doing a fantastic job!!! Keep up the great work!"
God Bless You!!!
Updated and signed some more :-0 Colette, Julia,Cher,Cal,Nancy and of course YOU MICHAELA If I missed anyone else please forgive me:-0 I check these petitions frequently
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I have already signed, but I sign again, Michela. This issue is really too important to be given up.
But what saddens me most of all is the way orangutans are treated.
I have already signed. The way orangutans and their rainforest are treated is simply outrageous.
It's a disaster not only for them but for humankind as well. And Im not speaking of all the other species
Stop killing orangutans. It's a genocide.
many work left signed petitions # - #5 - #8 - #10
thx so much Michela for this so hard work
Signed all except one which was closed. Thanks for the spread of awareness, Michela!
all 11 signed! when will this cruelty and draconian savagery end?
all 12 executed....let's pray THEY stop their cruel and unconscionable executions of the orangutans.
Petitions signed.Noted many things to do in coming future for the welfare of endangered and species in extinction..Thank you
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E-mailed letter to Australian Ambassador -- also, the poem found on same site is true and beautiful.
I've been away too long.
looks like I've got some catching up to do..
thanks Michela you get a lot done,that's for sure.
April 27, 2012 - Developers in Indonesian Borneo are increasingly converting carbon-dense peatlands for Oil Palm plantations, driving Deforestation & boosting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nearly all unprotected Forests in Ketapang District, West Kalimantan will be gone by 2020 given current trends. The study, led by Kim Carlson of Yale and Stanford University, is based on comprehensive socioeconomic surveys, high-resolution satellite imagery, & carbon mapping of the Ketapang, which is home to some of the most biodiverse Forests on the planet including those of Gunung Palung National Park.Vicynthia T.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/949040051/3284779
Thank you Michela, for your love and dedication and beautiful heart for these awesome little creatures of the forest. I am sure they swing thru the forest and sing Grazie, Michela to you..
On this page, I am all caught up signing and reading and watching. YAY. I AM signing all new petitions as they come into my inbox and then making my way down all your pages as I can too. So am getting there slowly but surely, just like the turtle, in a slow steady pace. At the end of it all, I shall be more well armed to do battle than ever before.. Grazie, Grazie.. hugs n purrs all around, Ciao xoxooxo
News: Nature Alert Dedicated to helping save Orangutans and their Forest homes
With their mothers slaughtered these baby Orangutans face a life of torment, torture and hunger, thanks to the Government of Indonesia.
There can be no excuse for treating an Orangutan like this!!!
Under lock and chain for at least 9 years.
Orphaned by Loggers or Palm Oil Companies - often the same thing
Info: Speaking of Orangutans
Among the great apes, Orangutans adopt the most upright postures and the most humanlike in their bipedal walking, probably because they have continued to live in trees while African apes adapted to a semi-terrestrial life with quadrupedal [four-legged] knuckle-walking.
The IUCN [Int.l Union for Conservation of Nature] estimates that Orangutan habitat has decreased by more than 80 % in the past 20 years. On IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, Bornean Orangutans are endangered, at very high risk of extinction in the near future, and Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered, among the world's 25 most-endangered primates.
Humans cause their greatest threats: Habitat loss, Hunting and Disease, Logging, Forest Burning, Oil Palm plantations: clearing Orangutan Forest Habitat in Borneo & Sumatra.
Humans hunt Orangutans for food, as pets and to sell to the illegal wildlife trade. Reducing Forests facilitates hunting, which makes forest foods scarce, and brings humans closer to the apes. Hungry Orangutans leave languishing forests in search of food, go to farms or plantations and become easy targets. Humans also increase disease threats, including tuberculosis, polio and hepatitis.
Orangutan Mother with her Baby:
Adult Male Orangutan:
News: Converting Forest Rises Conflicts by Vicynthia T.
A number of Gov.t policy in transferring functions of forests in Sumatra for the purpose of investment tend to ignore the existence of local communities in the region. When investors begin to open Oil Palm or Timber plantations or Mining Industries, conflicts arising directly with the public fight over space management. In some parts of Sumatra, on Monday (16/4), it's revealed that conflict often lead to disputes. In any dispute, the small community is always become the victim, such as loss of land, property & even their lives.
Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan who was contacted from Jakarta after harvest teak trees in Magetan, East Java, on Monday, said, securing the production forest area is the responsibility of Kepala Daerah (The major of the area). While the Min. of Forestry officials are responsible for the security of protected areas & conservation. Min. of Forestry sent a letter dtd Feb. 25, 2010 No.S95/Menhut-IV/2010 to the Governor for an inventory of violations by plantation forests & mining. "They should report what action was taken 2 months after receiving a letter Minister of Forestry".In Jambi province there are 6 counties where conflict-ridden between communities & investors are rising. The 6 areas are Tebo, Sarolangun, Batanghari, Muaro Jambi, West Tanjung Jabung, & East Tanjung Jabung. Desa Pandan in Lagan, Geregai District, Eastern District Tanjung Jabung, for example, people protesting the transfer functions of forests for Oil Palm plantation PT Kaswari Excellence, a subsidiary of Bakrie Sumatera Plantations. Allocation of land was originally for the transmigration program.
Last month, the people occupying the Oil Palm plantation company, demanded the return of land. "We protest the transmigration of land given to the private sector," said Mustakim, Secretary of the Farmers Group. Horizontal conflicts are also often flared in Lampung province, such as Mesuji, West Lampung, Way Kanan, Lampung, South & North Lampung. In fact, the forest area Mesuji Register 45 43 100 hectares, for example, 11 000 had been occupied by squatters. Their presence is also vulnerable to rise conflict with the rights holders of forest management companies, namely PT Silva Inhutani Lampung. According Tisnanta, outgoing member of the Joint Fact-Finding Team Mesuji case, the presence of squatters in the Forest is rather than sporadic, but there is no systematic effort to move the squatters to a production forest area. "In the forest, Mesuji 45 Register, there are land brokers. They have sponsors who are scattered in the South and East Lampung in charge of offering to the citizens to buy land at a low price of about Rp 3 million per hectare, "said Tisnanta who is also professor of Legal Studies University of Lampung. He called the village head & members of Parliament are also taking part.
North Sumatra: according to the Secretary Gen. of the Forest Community Care of North Sumatra, the Gov.t include rural areas as forest areas to meet the Environmental Law which requires that 30% of the total area of an intangible area of Forest. The other hand, converted forest areas are high economic potential. The condition of changing village into forest, such as the Village Pandumaan & Sipituhuta in Humbang Hasundutan, North Sumatra, rises the conflict of land. Residents in conflict with PT Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL). "Residents claimed that incense forest is their heritage. The PT TPL claims a permit from the Ministry of Forestry to seek the region".
WWF-Indonesia in its research from 2007 to 2011 revealed the existence of Borneo Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) with an estimated population while at the range of 20-80 individuals in the Northern region of East Kalimantan directly adjacent to Sabah, Malaysia. However, encroachment of forests for Oil Palm plantations continue to occur, causing the Loss of Habitat. Elephants of Borneo are often called "Borneo pygmy elephant". Their Habitat is pressed, thus sparking a conflict between humans & Elephants. WWF data show that from 2005 to 2007 there were approximately 16,000 plants eaten by an elephant. In 2005 & 2009 monitoring results, there were 11 villages having conflicts with Elephants. All these villages are located in Nunukan district, East Kalimantan. WWF has worked together with Natural Resources Conservation Center & East Kalimantan Governor to protect the Elephants. They founded a task force whose duty is to prevent & manage the conflicts between Elephants & Humans.
"Participation of the private sector in the management of protected wildlife habitat, especially in its concession area, is the key to the success of efforts to protect Borneo Elephant," said Anwar Purwoto, Director of the Forestry Program, Endangered Species &Freshwater, WWF-Indonesia.
Yogyakarta, KOMPAS.com - The Gov.t should tighten the oversight of forest management license which were granted to companies. If the permit holder is not able to manage, the government should immediately take over in order not to let any conflict rise. If this is not done, conflicts between forest management companies & local communities will appear more & more often. Moreover, it's not denied that licensing transaction often occur between the companies company secretly which makes the conflict of land management more complicated.
These issues can be resolved by the preparation of spatial plans (Spatial) by local authorities. With the program, people who live in the forest may be slowly moved to another place. However, until recently, many local Governments do not propose the relocation of people out of the woods. Just a lot of Forests into plantations & not for society, but for large companies.
Until 2030, a total of 18 million hectares of productive forest plantations will be rationalized to settlement of the people & others. Currently, the total forest area in Indonesia reached 132.6 million hectares. A total of 64 million hectares of which is production forest, while the remaining are protected & conservation Forests.
Michela, Thank you for your tireless efforts for the Men of the forests!!!!
LD B., not that I am an expert here, but did you try just going to each of Michela's numbered topics near the end of the page here? There are the 13 numbers for you and the bold print will underline for you to click on if you hover over it with your mouse. Most should still be active since I just finished them recently myself. See if that helps any.
LD B, YES I think you are understanding me correctly. IT WILL NOT NECESSARILY SAY "PETITION" RIGHT AT THE SPOT.
For example, find the #1. It will read, " 1 (Care2) Stop Indonesian Palm Oil Crimes Against Environment and people." If you click on that, it will take you to the petition page for you to sign.
#2 will read, "2) New!! The Lives Lost in Indonesia's graveyard of forests". Again, that will take you to the petition page.
and so forth. just follow the numbers down the last half of the page. Hope that helps
Thanks for confirming that.
I'll just do a <CTRL><F> search for "1)", right-click on the link there and select "Open in New Tab," and repeat for "2)" through "13)".
LD B, I hope tht works for you, I am not at all familiar with using the CTRL F like you speak of here, I just scroll down the page to each one and click on the petition titles. But if you are that computer savvy to use the CTRL F, then great. If that does not work, just scroll down the page halfway and you will see the first one and so forth. Best of luck.. They are in numerical order on the bottom half of the page here.
It comes in real handy when I'm working through my incoming alerts from Care2, and spot one that I want to quote in response or give a star to; I just highlight a portion of the comment or the member's handle, copy/paste that into the search field, and find the post in question in notime at all.
I'm sure that you'll find it useful in many ways on many web documents.
Thank you RC W. for having provided an answer to LD B. doubts. I didn't see his question. I have to manage a Group of 2,819 Members (only Host) + Incoming Messages from 2,470 friends + Signing Petitions (8,252Care2only Signed since June2010 -not 2009 as Profile says).... going to bed usually at 4:30 - 5:00 a.m. "working" for Endangered Species... I am "limited"... Anyway, I didn't think it was so difficult to Check in a Topic Page which ones are Petitions, or News, or Videos... Probably if I had 20 friends I would have more time to supply a more "accurate" listing.... Hugssssssss mic
News: Green Groups Say Indonesia Deforestation Ban ‘Weak’ A coalition of green groups in Indonesia criticized a moratorium on Deforestation as “weak,” saying the year-long ban still excludes large tracts of the country’s carbon-rich Forests.
Greenpeace, leading the coalition, said Government maps that mark protected areas exclude 3.5 million hectares (8.6 million acres) of peatland — biodiverse swamp-like Forests that hold rich carbon reserves. The 2-year moratorium came into effect last year as the centerpiece of a deal with Norway, which pledged $1 billion to Indonesia under a UN-backed scheme to reduce emissions from Deforestation.
thank you so much
got a lot signed all at once.
the future is NOW for the orangutans.
the sooner we act the better.I really appreciate you making it so easy.
thanks to Michela for pursuing this so vehemently, truly a hero.
Ditto to LD B. I was trying to sign things before I saw your list and having lots of problems so I hope to continue working my way through it. I was really happy to sign the petition to the UNEP Exec. director - if Indonsesia's govt. and courts won't stop this hopefully the UN can, before it is too late. What's happening in the Tripa Peat swamp forest is the stuff of nightmares.
Thanks again Michela for all your continuing hard work.
28 Mar.2012 "It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears, we are currently watching a global tragedy, if there is a prolonged drought & the fire continues…Orangutans, Tigers & SunBears will be exterminated before the end of 2012"
1/3 of the population of 200 might already be dead, the rest could die this year. Tripa Forest: home to the world's densest population of the critically Endangered Species. Ab. 200 lived there, out of a World population of 6,600. Only 12,000 hectares(30,000acres) of the original 60,000 hectares of Forest remain, the rest: broken up & degraded as PalmOil companies drain the swamp. A total of 92 fire hot spots between 19&25 March in several PalmOil plantations. Orangutans killed in recent months: 100 or more, another 100 died between 2009&2011, killed either for Palm Oil or by starvation & malnutrition. Fewer than 200 Orangutans still in Tripa, which was home to 3,000 individuals in early 1990. Those kept illegally as pets are the "lucky" ones but they will be refugees from a Forest that no longer exists. With 3 other PalmOil companies already operating there, last year, Aceh's Governor gave a license to PTKallistaAlam, to convert 1,600 Hectares of the Tripa peat swamp, home of Orangutans, Tigers & Bears.
Video: Saving Leuser. Tripa
A Sumatran Orangutan mother with her baby. All of the animals living in the Tripa Forest could be wiped out by the end of this year!!
News: Operation Orangutan: Rescuers battle to save hundreds of Sumatran primates trapped in Palm Oil plantations Endangered Orangutans face starvation & slaughter
Environmental activists are carrying out rescue missions to save Orangutans trapped in Palm Oil plantations in Indonesia.
Thousands of hectares of land is being cleared for Palm Oil plantations, leaving hundreds of the primates trapped, or worse, facing slaughter, as workers fell rubber trees.
As estate workers clear the rubber trees, many Orangutans are killed or injured.
TAKE ACTION: How to help Orangutans
Malnourished: the injured orangutan waits for medical treatment at a Palm Oil plantation in Rimba Sawang village, Indonesia
March 29, 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia - Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp Forest may have killed a third of the rare Sumatran Orangutans living there & all of them may be lost this year, conservationists warned Wednesday.
The Tripa swamp Forest in Aceh province is home to the world’s densest population of Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans. About 200 still live there, out of a world population estimated at 6,600.
Cloud-free images from December show only 12,267 hectares (30,311 acres) of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares (148,260 acres) of Forest remains.
Source: Tammy B.
Extinction Human industrialization of Rainforests caused Species extinction unmatched in 65million yrs. Humans in less than 300yrs caused ecological instability & planetary animal eradication: they are a greater force towards Species annihilation than the Ice Age. It is expected that 90% of the Rainforests will be depleted by 2020: causing illnesses, permanent ecological instability & an end to our food chain supply. Half of all plants & animals found on the planet exist solely in Rainforest regions. On the entire planet only 5% remains Rainforest, roughly the size of Australia. Humans cleared the rest for logging, mining, & fossil fuel extraction. As the Rainforests are cleared, local Tribal members are forced out of the region & with that is the loss of Medicine men. If it were not for medicine men sharing their wisdom, the birth of modern medicine would not have existed.
Health Benefits 70% of all cancer cures come from Rainforests: thanks to medicine men, there is an 80% chance of surviving a disease that once meant certain death. Our unwillingness to learn that Plant & Animal Diversity is necessary for sustaining human life & our flagrant exploitation of the land cuts us off from receiving ancestral information in the future. 80% of the world's fruits, vegetables & nuts originate from Rainforests. Without a sustainable core food source, global malnutrition, & famine are plausible outcomes in the foreseeable future.
Solutions Stop fossil fuel dependency; Tree farms; Reduce unnecessary consumerism; Participate in Earth Hour days
Hundreds of Critically Endangered Orangutans in Western Indonesia could be wiped out by the year's end if Palm Oil Companies keep setting land-clearing Fires in their peat swamp forests
up. New stories noted,and deb's petition done.
wow,Mic you astound me.and the new pics...the eyes of the baby get me right in the gut....profound!!!
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Well, I hope I've signed 1 through 14 now. (even sent an email for #13 asking for Australia's help in putting out fires - though I don't understand how they could just do that???) Will copy LD B's list and get my husband to sign all too. That's another good use of a condensed list like that. It usually takes me ages to sign all these petitions because I'm always losing the Orangutan group page after signing one of these petitions, have to get Care 2 back again, then the group and find where I was. I had to laugh at LD B's and RC W's conversation about using Control something - haven't a clue what they are going on about. Wish I was much more computer literate so I could do the signing much quicker than it takes me. Thanks again Michela for ALL the time YOU put into this group:
Happy Mother's Day from our closest Cousins: Orangutans, Gorillas, & Chimpanzees, sharing 97 & 98 % DNA with us...
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Between 1970 to 2008, Species abundance in the tropics fell by 44% on Land, 62% in the Oceans, & 70% in Freshwater Environments, culminating in an average loss of 1.25% every year since the baseline was set in 1970. Wildlife populations Decline: due to human impacts incl. ongoing Deforestation, Habitat Degradation, Overexploitation for food or medicine, Pollution, Agricultural, Overfishing, invasive Species, Disease, Climate Change, Dams, Mining, & other Industrial Projects. Wildlife population dropped by 64% in the Indo-Pacific: not surprising since the world's highest Deforestation levels are in Southeast Asia. These declines reflect large-scale Forest & other Habitat loss, driven by logging, growing human populations, & agricultural, industrial & urban developments.
This report is a planetary check-up & the results indicate we have a very sick planet. Ignoring this diagnosis will have major implications for humanity. We can restore the planet’s health, but only through addressing the root causes, population growth & over-consumption of resources. Biodiversity provides many services to global society, incl. pollination, carbon sequestration, food production, soil health, & life-saving medicines, although few of these 'Ecosystem Services' are yet recognized by the global market.
Devastated Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo
Tiger populations fell by 70% from 1980 to 2008. Today, more Tigers live in captivity in the U.S. than in the Wild
for the beautiful red Ape of Asia, the Orangutan. The Orangutans featured in this movie are Karta, Kluet and the late Pusung at Adelaide Zoo. Please support Orangutan conservation & welfare charities, visit www.orangutan.org.au to find out more about insitu projects, or www.centerforgreatapes.org to find out more about Orangutans' misuse in the entertainment industry.
Source: Lydia P.
Orangutans look after their children for longer than any other Primates, except humans.
It takes about 9 years for them to teach their young everything they need to know to survive in the Forest.
Much of the knowledge that is passed down involves food – how to find, fish for & eat ants & termites, how to identify edible plants, &, more importantly, the inedible or poisonous ones.
All Orangutans need to know how to build a secure nest, & how to take shelter from rain.
They may live for up to 50 years, & each mother passes the knowledge on to her young.
Indonesia has launched a criminal investigation into the burning of a peatland Forest on Sumatra island that environmentalists said resulted in the deaths of Orangutans.
Investigators will summon officials from 2 companies suspected of burning a large swath of the Tripa Forest to make way for Palm Oil plantations.
“Our investigators found that there have been fires in areas controlled by SPS2 & KA”- referring to Palm Oil companies Surya Panen Subur 2 & Kallista Alam.
An estimated 100 Orangutans had died in the area in recent years as a result of land clearing, with only 200 remaining. The Gov.t’s task force for the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) program said there were indications that plantation companies cleared more than 1,600 hectares of peatland areas even before they obtained concession permits. Kallista Alam has denied wrongdoing & blamed local farmers for the fires.
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
May 19, 2012 A mother Orangutan & her baby were rescued from an area of Forest that was being bulldozed for an Oil Palm plantation in Sumatra. The female orangutan and her baby were isolated in a patch of forest within an Oil Palm plantation owned by PT Sisirau, an Indonesian palm oil company, in Aceh Province. Sisirau was preparing to bulldoze the forest
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
The world’s largest producer of teak, an Indonesian state-owned company on the island of Java, has again been awarded sustainable forest management (SFM) certification. But the company has a long & sometimes contentious relationship with Forest Communities in the area, & the forest rights of Indigenous Communities remain a potential cause of conflict.
One of the largest tracts of protected forest in Indonesia has been decimated by illegal loggers & miners to the extent that it no longer holds any scientific value. Now just 6,000 hectares remain intact, with the rest razed by loggers, miners & property developers. These commercial activities had spilled over from other parts of the 61,850-hectare community Forest, where 22 companies have been granted concessions, despite the forest being protected for conservation.
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
News: Minister of Forestry: Stop the Concession Permit in Tripa Swamp By Vicynthia Tjahjadi: May 17,2012 Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan asked the head of the regional land management to immediately revoke the concession granted to PT Kalista Alam; he was looking directly into the field & found violations. Recommendations on offense has been conveyed to local Gov.t. The Tripa peat swamp is a conservation area: not only for the depth of peat, it’s also Orangutan Habitat. Land management with clearing & burning is not justified. This could be followed by law enforcement. Indonesian Min. of Foresty committed to overseeing the case, as Orangutans are protected animals. Tim Tripa Swamp Rescue Coalition (TKPRT) & Sumatra Spatial Forum (FOR-Trust) urged Aceh Forestry Min. to resolve the issue immediately after seeing the destruction of Tripa Swamp last week. Spokesman TKPRT: the Minister cannot escape liability on the issue in Tripa. Although licenses of Oil Palm plantations are given the province & district. Min. of Forestry: responsible for the loss for Orangutan's Habitat & violation of Presidl Decree No.10 2011, as Min. of Forestry issued a moratorium on the indicative map. There's only a few progress in the Tripa Swamp. The 2 teams investigating: REDD TaskForce & Min.of Environment (MoE), found law violations, the land clearing still continues. The Gov.t should act quickly, halting activities that could damage the TripaSwamp: if destroyed, this country will lose a protected Wildlife Habitat
In the Tripa Swamp can be found:Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii), other Primate Species: Gibbons, Kite, Kite & Kedih; other Endangered Species: Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatraensis), Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus), Marsh Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Python (python); Marsh Birds: Storks Storm (Ciconia stormi) & Grouse (Cairina scutulata); Catfish & other Marsh Fish: an economic resource & an important protein source for people around the Tripa Swamp. Vegetation & plant Species with very important Ecological functions for the life of surrounding Communities.Peatlands: important hydrological role: it serves as a water reservoir with a very large capacity.A total of 21 villages made a petition to the Regent Tripa Swamp rescue Nagan Raya & Aceh Governor: asking them to save the national Environmental strategic area.
Wikipedia: Tripa Swamp: 61,803 Hectares on the West coast of Aceh, high Biodiversity, very important for Local Residents; the largest carbon reservoir in Aceh; contains between 50 & 100MTons of carbon & a positive net carbon storage. However, a high amount of carbon is being released because of the destruction by burning peat, drainage & oxidation of the OilPalm plantations.
Sorry for forgetting to mention the first source as mongabay Indonesia has asked me to post the hyperlink to the news I promote elsewhere. (I asked them for the permission).
Here it is:
It is in Bahasa Indonesia and I haven't found the English news from Mongabay.com.
News: Indonesia Forest Moratorium Won’t Meet Climate Pledge: Norway
Indonesia’s progress in reforming its forestry sector will not be sufficient to meet its pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 26% by 2020, Norway’s Environment Minister said on Tuesday.
Indonesia imposed a 2-year moratorium on clearing forest last May under a $1 billion Climate deal with Norway aimed at reducing emissions from Deforestation, despite resistance from some Gov.t Departments & from resource firms looking to expand in the archipelago.
Deforestation continues in areas not covered by the moratorium as well as illegally in the country’s carbon-rich tropical forests and peatlands. Permits to clear land are often given out by local governors & there is a lack of central Gov.t enforcement.
“The case of Kallista Alam in Aceh is the typical problem we are facing ... some parts have been turned to Palm Oil plantations, some have been burned, & it turned out the permit does not exist”
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
News: Aceh Peatland Back on Protected List in Test Case http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/aceh-peatland-back-on-protected-list-in-test-case/519271
The Indonesian Government said on Monday it would protect a strip of peatland in Aceh province at the center of an international storm over Palm Oil development, in a case that had become a test of the country's commitment to halt deforestation. The forest, home to Endangered Orangutans, was partly cleared by burning, even before the permit was issued
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
News in Brief: by: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
News about APP that suspends Rainforest clearing, there is a suspicion that this is only to make their name better. Well, I still don't know the truth here... Let's know that they might make commitment but please don't be too much optimist because I'm now afraid that the illegal things & loggings by APP still continue.
News about the Orangutans' killer who were caught
May 22, 2012 They got 10 months jail time and also were fined 50 million rupiah (about 5,000 US$) or 2 months addition jail time.
News about 65% of Tigers' Habitat is not properly protected. (The title said it's not protected but when I read it again they're protected but not properly)
May 24, 2012 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a coalition of Indonesian environmental groups known as Eyes on the Forest have released a new Google Earth-based tool that maps forests, land use, carbon stocks, and biodiversity across the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi
all done, thank you Michela for the great work and thanks to LD B. for the compilation of the petition links, it is very useful for people like me wich are very short in time
Signed a few more and great news about Tripa
May 25, 2012 Thanks to Int.l pressure on the Indonesian Gov.t, the peat bogs of Tripa have once again been officially declared a Nature Reserve. Rainforest Rescue collected 44,551 Signatures & presented them to Indonesian authorities to stop the further destruction of Tripa for the sake of a Palm Oil plantation. PT Kallista Alam, the company seeking to establish the plantation, had started fires in the highly sensitive Ecosystem in Aceh’s Nagan Raya district. Gov.t official Mas Achmad Santosa announced that all PT Kallista Alam activities in Tripa have been halted, & that the company is under investigation for numerous violations, incl.: unlawful slash-&-burn clearing, establishing illegal plantations & offenses against Indonesia’s conservation laws.The public prosecutor’s office will take action against corrupt politicians & Gov.t agencies that issued the company permits for the plantation in Tripa.
Tripa’s original protected status has thus effectively been restored: On a map dated May 2011, the peat bogs were part of the Leuser Ecosystem, & thus protected against Deforestation for Palm Oil plantations. But, in Nov. 2011, the Palm Oil lobby succeeded in having the Map changed, removing Tripa from the protected Leuser wilderness. PT Kallista Alam was granted permission for its plantation.
Stopping the Palm Oil plantations in Tripa is a major success for Environmental protection & Animal Welfare. The Forest is especially rich in rare Animal & Plant Species. Of the remaining 6,500 Sumatran Orangutans, Tripa is home to one of the densest populations, feeding on the diversity of lush fruit trees. They now once again have a chance to survive. Thank you for your support!!
Source: Andrea S.
This is such good news about Tripa being declared a Nature Reserve again, actions against PT Kallista Alam company and Govt. officials taking action against corrupT politicians who gave the company the permits for the Tripa plantation. ( hope this really happens) I ALSO hope this news gives you a little comfort, Michela, and that you consider this as a bit of repayment for all your tremendous hard work (and comfort to all members who signed petitions re this.) This is the best news and RainforestAction Network is to be congratualted for this action, big time!!!
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There is so little good news about the rainforests these days. The Tripa success is certainly a chance to take one breath at least! Thanx Michela for all you do. The sound bites are amazing!!!
Petitions all signed.
Thank you Michela.
I absolutely love the pictures. I need to ask a favor, please do not post graffic ones. My heart can not take it. I give you incredible kudos for being able to look at them. I guess maybe part of it might I love to watch Huston Animal Cops. The neglect and abuse is horrific in the show. I signed all the Change.org ones and any other ones that are in peoples reply. Lastly, I loved all the petitions in one place since I am a new comer. Thanx
signed. It's so heart breaking, the tears are just flowing. (
News from Vicynthia T.: 1) Palm Oil Giant moves forward on zero Deforestation initiative http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0605-gar-high-carbon-stock-report.html
June 05, 2012 One of the world's largest PalmOil Companies has become the 1st to identify & disclose high carbon forests & peatlands in its concessions. Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the owner of Indonesia's Palm Oil giant PT SMART Tbk, on Monday published a carbon assessment of its holdings in Indonesian Borneo. The report is an important milestone under GAR's forest conservation policy, which prohibits conversion of land with more than 35 tons of carbon per hectare & moves the company toward a Zero Deforestation target.
2) Indonesia Pushes for Sustainable Development in Mining, Palm & Forestry Sectors http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/indonesia-pushes-for-sustainable-development-in-mining-palm-and-forestry-sectors/522640
Indonesia’s mining, plantation and forestry sectors said they were committed to implementing sustainable development practices at a stage-setting seminar on environmentally-conscious development on Wednesday.
3) Foreign Aid for Critically Endangered Indonesian Rhinos? No Need, Forestry Minister Says http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/nvironment/foreign-aid-for-critically-endangered-indonesian-rhinos-no-need-forestry-minister-says/522270
Zulkifli said Indonesia was chosen for the declaration of the awareness campaign because it still had 2 different Rhino Species: the two-horned Sumatran Rhino & the single-horned Javan Rhinoceros, both of which are on the verge of extinction. He said that Indonesia was also selected because it had a history of success in breeding Sumatran Rhinos.
Checked LD B list and signed the ones I missed.
"Nowhere left to go" it's so heartbreaking and upsetting.
Thanks Monika for the news and thanks LD B!
OMG! I need a coffee ... sorry, please read Michaela.
Thank you all up to date. My heart is heavy for these beauties
News: Confiscation of infant Orangutan from wildlife traders in Aceh Province, Sumatra http://endoftheicons.wordpress.com/
The Tripa peat Forest is home to the highest population density of Orangutan found anywhere on Earth, but predicted to be locally extinct by the end of 2012 if current levels of Forest Clearing & conversion to Palm Oil plantation is not stopped immediately!!
June 16, 2012 - This pictured made available on June 16, 2012 shows an infant male Orangutan being held illegally by wildlife traders in a small village on the outskirts of the Tripa peat forest, Aceh Province, Indonesia. The Orangutan was discovered by an undercover investigation team on the 12th June, & 4r days later, was successfully confiscated by a team involving staff from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, Local Police & Government Authorities.
Source: Andrea S.
News: Tripa continues to burn as President Yudhoyono to give global policy address on future of Indonesia’s Forests http://endoftheicons.wordpress.com/
13 June 2012 - Fires continued to burn in Tripa’s peat forest, Aceh province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Fires are continuing to be lit in the highly threatened Tripa Peat Forest for Palm Oil plantations despite assurances from the Indonesian central Gov.t that a legal action was underway & a small area of the Peat Forest had returned to the moratorium map central to the multibillion agreement between Indonesia & Norway to reduce carbon emission from burning the carbon dense Peat Forests.
Satellite information led the focus of the team to the Eastern region in the 60,000 hectare Tripa Peat Forest, where fire hotspot alerts had recorded another increase in burning activity. Upon entering the area the ground team discovered fresh burns scars, & smouldering ashes from recently lit fires, & new fires being lit around 6.30pm yesterday evening. “This is blatantly breaching Indonesian law. Despite the joint Investigation currently taking place by the Ministry of Environment and the National Police, in areas right across Tripa, & indeed Indonesia, the National Laws continue to be flaunted.
Source: Andrea S.
My God what is happening to our once beautiful planet
Wasn't it RAN who ran a success story stating that the Tripea area had been converted back to a National Park, and that the fires were out, or am I mistaken in this? This is terrible news that the fires are still burning and Indonesian laws are being "flaunted", all because of greed by Palm Oil companies and those companies who support them by purchasing palm oil also to make more profit!!!
Don't know if this is the best thread to post this on, but you can move it to where you think it should be, Michela.
I was interested to read an article on Care 2 a few days ago called "An App to Get the Koch Bros. Out of Your Life":
Darcy Burner, a former Microsoft programmer who is now running for Congress in Washington state, wants to help you not to unwittingly support the Koch Brothers. To that end, Burner is developing an app that will help you avoid products from Koch Brother-owned companies.
Noted an app that will help you avoid products from Koch Brother owned companies :-0 Thanx Michela
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Although there are no major fires still tearing through the Tripa peat Forest in Sumatra-the largest remaining Sumatran Orangutan Habitat in the world-Tripa is still gravely at risk. With 1 or 2 small fires still breaking out each day, combined with ongoing active Forest Clearing for PalmOil plantations, the Critically Endangered Orangutans depending on this Forest for survival remain in danger. Despite the international spotlight on Tripa since late March, there is still active clearing & building of more drainage canals. I wish I could say that some of the largest players in the Palm Oil industry, such as Cargill, are doing everything in their power to ensure that controversial Palm Oil coming from these types of tragedies isn’t ending up in their supply chain (& our pantries), but that is definitely not the case.
News: Truth and Consequences: Palm Oil Plantations Push Unique Orangutan Population to Brink of Extinction points out that Cargill has no safeguards on its global Palm Oil supply chain.
News: Indonesian court backs Palm Oil company over Orangutans & carbon storage April 4, 2012
The courts in Aceh have failed to protect a carbon-rich peat forest & Critically Endangered Orangutans from the actions of a Palm Oil company which the central government acknowledges has acted illegally.
After 5 months of detailed argument, the three-judge court sitting in Banda Aceh threw the case out on jurisdictional grounds, saying the complainants from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) should first have sought mediation with the company.
The lawyer for the complainants said the judges had used the wrong legislation - the Environmental law, not Administrative law - to make their determination. He flagged an appeal.
Permitting a plantation on the area & clearing it is illegal, PT Kallista Alam permit was "clearly a violation because the area in question is a peat forest".
"On the moratorium map it's clearly marked out as protected, but in the revision that followed, it was somehow excluded. That exclusion in itself is also a violation," The permit also breaches Indonesia's international responsibilities under the REDD project, under which Norway has promised to pay the country $US1 billion for protecting its peat Forests as a way of addressing Climate Change.
In recent weeks, another rash of peat forest in the area was burned and drained, a coalition of environment groups claims that, unless authorities stop the illegal action, the local population of the Sumatran Orangutan "could be extinct in a matter of months, even weeks if a prolonged dry spell were to set in" & fuel the fires.
Environment groups estimate 100 Orangutans may have died in the fires of recent weeks.
Diminishing ... the Orangutan population in the area contested in court is estimated to only number in the hundreds
News: Indonesia Court Throws Out Case Against Palm Oil Company Tuesday 3rd of April, the Council of Judges of the Banda Aceh National Administrative Court announced it was the inappropriate body to make a ruling on the challenge mounted by the Aceh branch of WALHI / Friends of the Earth Indonesia against legality of an Oil Palm concession permit granted by the former Governor of Aceh to PT Kallista Alam in the protected Tripa peat swamps.
Watch Video: Greasy Palms: The Impact of Indonesia's PalmOil Plantations Estimated: In 2020 NO Forests left!! Social, Environmental, & Economic impacts of PalmOil production: incl. the loss of over 2.8 million hectares of primary Rainforest each year. PalmOil impacts on Local Communities, incl. conflicts over human rights, land rights, & environmental protection, are not known. With the increasing demand for cheap biofuels to lessen the global dependency on foreign petroleum, & a common ingredient in thousands of products, from anti-freeze to shampoo to potato chips, PalmOil plantations have taken precedence over much of Indonesia's last remaining Rainforests- the only refuge for Critically Endangered Species, such as the Orangutan, who shares 97% of our DNA! Indonesia is one of the more biodiverse regions on our planet, its role in the Environmental future of our Globe is paramount.
Watch Video: Wheel2Wheel: PanEco raises awareness of Forest destroyed for PalmOil Social, Environmental, & Economic impacts of PalmOil production: the Tripa Coastal Peat swamp Forests are being burnt down for Palm Oil plantations.
Source: Colette N. The local people of Aceh hoped they would get their stolen lands back from the robbing Oil companies. They haven't & Aceh continues to burn & the Orangutans die.... The local people claim the companies are poisoning the plantations with high concentrations of pesticides...unmonitored by anyone it is unchecked for contamination. This product is in your food, your shampoo & in 50% of your products... it is a crime against Nature & a crime against Humanity! It must be stopped!! Send the petitions to all your friends... this one is truly, truly important for all of us!!
all 15 petitions signed and delivered -- thank you for the hard and diligent work, Michela
Scientists predict the loss of most wild Orangutan populations by 2025. Pervasive threats have led to a decline of over 5,250 Orangutans every year. Efforts have been made to protect Forests, but other threats have been ignored. For wealthier countries, Orangutans have become a symbol for Deforestation in Indonesia&Malaysia, with PalmOil as the "major culprit in the Orangutans’ decline". Oil palm plantations destroy forests on which Orangutans depend; 5% of the Orangutan’s range has been converted for OilPalm in the last ten years alone. The recent destruction of Orangutan habitat in the Tripa peat swamp Forest of Sumatra demonstrates that even Gov.t efforts to prevent forest conversion to OilPalm are often ignored. PalmOil continues to pose a serious threat to Orangutan survival, Hunting also severely threatens Orangutans. Hunting rates greatly exceed Orangutan reproductive rates, which are extremely low compared to most mammals. Bet.700 to 3,500 Orangutans killed annually in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. 75% of Orangutans exist in unprotected areas, which could be logged or converted at anytime. There is a dire need for more involvement from Indonesian&Malaysian scientists. "Losing a great Ape from the wild would be a landmark failure" Orangutans are our close genetic relatives, the Species have important ecological roles as seed dispersers & ecosystem engineers. Destruction of Orangutan habitat also results in the destruction of habitat for countless Species that share the same Forests, many: native only to Indonesia&Malaysia. The dedication of conservationists led to some successes—such as acquiring legal protection for key Orangutan habitat—but if the Species is to persist in the wild a paradigm shift is needed.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3412492
I wanted to write a message to Cal but it didn't work. Thank you for your informative messages, Michela. What I don't understand is that orangutans have been legally protected since 1924. People simply don't care.
We've been able to live without palm oil for centuries, we could again! It would be interesting to have clear lists of products that use palm oil.
Despite having protected status, the Biodiversity in a large number of tropical Forests is still continuing to decline. The findings should cause concern because the areas have been seen as a final refuge for a number of Threatened Species. Habitat disruption, hunting & timber exploitation have been seen as signs of future decline. "The rapid disruption of tropical forests probably imperils global biodiversity more than any other contemporary phenomenon"
The findings have been published online by the science journal Nature:Averting Biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11318.html
Tropical Forests are considered to be the Biologically richest areas on the planet http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/habitats/Tropical_and_subtropical_moist_broadleaf_forestsSource: Dave C.
Adult male Orang Utan
A new study led by the University of Sydney appeared in the Journal Nature recently, warning that nearly a third of animal species under threat in developing nations are linked to global trade of manufactured goods & commodities such as Palm Oil. The researchers stated: “Human activities are causing the Globe’s 6th major Extinction event.”
Source: Dianne C.
I think I'm up to date with the petitions now, Michela! Thanks for your tireless efforts in helping to protect these beautiful animals! I'd like to send a big "thank you" to Tasunka for her gentle reminder and to LB D. for providing a very convenient list of links!
I quite agree with you. In the past, black people were stuffed to be exhibited so that people could see what those strange animals looked like! Nowadays people who'd do that would likely get a life sentence.
Moving picture of cute orangutans. They look really doomed.
Saddening video. What will all those little orphans do when they have grown up without their mums?
I know Michela's hard to keep up with.
Think I'm up to date....signed
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I'm happy for that orangutan, but I'd be happier if it hadn't lost an arm and a hand after being left to starve and to die of thirst for 10 days. Man's stupidity, as usual. On the one hand an orangutan is taken care of, but on the other hand, hundreds of others are killed ....
17 signed - thanks for all the hard work
Source: Danuta W.Video: Wild male Orangutan pushed from Oil Palm plantation back to the Gunung Leuser Nat.l Park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAoxUOkkdOI May 29 2012 - An Orangutan was spotted in a 3000 hectare Oil Palm plantation next to the Gunung Leuser Nat.l Park. The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) pushed the big male back to the safety of the Forests using a noise cannon.
Seeing orangutans in their forests makes you understand the expression: 'Men of the forest' much better and how miserable they must feel in zoos.
Our Red Relatives: O. are arguably the most intelligent of the GreatApes, one of our closest relatives, but because of the ongoing Destruction of the remaining Rainforests, they are on the brink of Extinction.The name OrangUtan is of Malayan origin & means "Man, or 'person', of the Forest". O. live only in SEAsia on the islands of Borneo &Sumatra, divided into 2 Species: Bornean O.(Pongo pygmaeus) & Sumatran O.(Pongo abelii). Both Species are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Bornean O. as 'Endangered' (estim. 54,000 left), Sumatran O. as 'Critically Endangered'(only 6,600 left).
In Danger of Extinction http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/content-n11-sE.htmlBehaviour http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/content-n12-sE.html Mother & infants as well as solitary Adult Males spend their entire life in the tree canopies.
Interesting video. The same problem happened in Ecuador. Texaco had been given permission to drill and polluted the forest seriously. A native who could hardly write sued the company after the death of her husband and two of her children and ... she won. Texaco had to pay an incredible amount of money to restore the forest. Native people in Indonesia should do something like that without wasting time.
Killing O. is really a genocide. When will people understand that? When will they respect O.?
News: Hope for Indonesia’s Orangutans? http://asiancorrespondent.com/89146/hope-for-indonesias-orangutans/
People “love” Orangutans. Unfortunately this love is often shown by gawking at them in zoos, & even chaining them up for years in a house, feeding them human food & generally killing the great apes by treating them like novelty pets. Forest clearing for Palm Oil & Timber: the main threat to these arboreal fruit eaters. 50% of Sumatra’s tree canopy has been razed since 1985. The crux of the matter lies not with ignorant villagers who abuse & capture Orangutans, but with those Companies, based far away, that are making money off land development.
Orangutan numbers have plummeted by 80% in the last 75 yrs, with ar. 7,000 in Sumatra & 50,000 in Borneo. One effort to help Indonesia’s Orangutans is a project by the group Earth 4 Orangutans, which plans to construct 4 islands near the city of Medan in order to house sick & injured Orangs who have been captured & kept in captivity.
Earth for Orangutans http://www.earth4orangutans.com/e4o/index.htm
It's obvious that the destruction of the rainforest does not only harm the endangered species but also the natives. Is it worthwhile? It only satisfies the greed of a few corrupt people. Shameful.
There has to be laws to protect orangutans and those laws have to be enforced.
A global tragedy: an entire important Orangutan Habitat was set ablaze in past weeks with nearly 100 fires. These ongoing Rainforest Peat Fires & Land Clearing by Palm Oil firms - in an important Rainforest habitat in western Indonesia - could extirpate the entire local population, killing off some 200 orangutans within weeks. The Tripa swamp Rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia - home to one of the most densely populated remaining groups of wild Orangutans in the world – is ablaze as Palm Oil companies rush to clear forests before a court case stops their plantation expansion.
Up to 100 of an already much diminished population may have been killed in recent months, & unless the land grabs & rainforest burning are immediately stopped, the local population of Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) may soon go locally extinct, & the whole Species soon thereafter.
Over ninety-two fires burn out of control in the Tripa swamp rainforest of Indonesia - Home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild Orangutans in the world. The fires now ablaze in Tripa started as Palm Oil companies rushed to clear forests once they realized that community groups had gone to court to try and stop their plantation expansion. Sumatran Orangutans could be completely wiped out if these fires are allowed to continue. Tell President of Indonesia to order Palm Oil companies to cease the burning of the Tripa Forest immediately, uphold Forest protection laws, & save Sumatran Orangutans.
Fires set by profit-hungry Palm Oil companies are tearing through the critical Tripa peat Forest of Sumatra, threatening the survival of the densest population of wild Sumatran Orangutans in the world. One Palm Oil company responsible for setting fire to Tripa peat forest is PT Kallista Alam. We know through customs data that Cargill purchases Palm Oil from PT Kallista Alam’s parent company. Demand that Cargill immediately stop trading Palm Oil with companies profiting from the destruction of Tripa peat forest.
I have plenty of obstinacy/courage, I'm a Taurus: all of these issues are very "uncomfortable" to Corporations, BigCompanies, BigLobbies, PoliticalLobbies (PalmOil, Logging, IllegalTrade, FoodIndustry, Oil, Biofuel, PersonalCare, Timber, Pulpwood…) that I risk NOT to FIND this Group anymore, nor my Care2Account, as it already happened with FaceBook that Deleted my Account in May 2010!!! I entered Care2 Community thereafter, in June 2010
Video: Saving Leuser. Tripa. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICBxZ4zg8y8&feature=player_embedded#! The video is a short story of the long term documentary Saving Leuser. We need the maximum support not just for Tripa but to save the Leuser Ecosystem, the only place in the world that hosts 5 Endangered Species as Tigers, Rhinos, Orangutans, Elephants & Bears.
Video: EYES ON LEUSER September 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MQYxjV-lKlI This video shows several Species of Wildlife filmed in the mountains of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia by using video camera traps. Sumatran Tiger is at the end…
Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi (Indonesia)
I didn't realize it was so difficult to help orangutans and to offer them good conditions for their survival.
Interesting. IThere are many species I hadn't even heard of. They are magnificent. They should be properly protected.
Watched video. It's heartbreaking.
Please Watch Video: Death of an Orangutan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-89Sjj99QAU&feature=player_embedded#!
Realize what we are doing to our closest cousins!!!
Success!! Indonesian Palm Oil company loses permit on Illegal Logging http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/indonesian-palm-oil-company-loses-permit-on-illegal-logging 28 Sept.2012 The court decision to revoke the permit came after intense campaigning by Environmental groups, incl. Friends of the Earth Indonesia. "We hope this is the beginning of a cleaner more transparent process to forestry in Indonesia's future" Indonesia's Aceh prov. revoked a permit from PalmOil Company Kallista Alam logging illegally & accused of clearing 1,605hectares(3,966acres) of protected carbon-rich peatland on the island of Sumatra, where tropical Rainforests have fallen to rampant Logging. "We revoked Kallista Alam's permit: the Aceh Gov.t found the Company's logging permit was illegal". Former Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf issued the permit more than 3 months after Indonesia implemented a 2-year moratorium on logging peatland & other high-conservation-value Forests in May 2011. The ban is the centrepiece of a $1billion agreement with Norway for reducing Indonesia's carbon emissions. Land cleared: in the Tripa peatswamp, an area measuring over60,000hectares with the highest density of Critically Endangered Orangutans in the world. Indonesia: the world's biggest PalmOil producer & growing demand has put pressure on the nation's threatened tropical Rainforests. 80% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions came from Deforestation -UN data, making it the one of the world's top emitters. Source: Vicynthia Tjahjadi(Indonesia)
Thats wonderful news. Thanks for informing us and all the hard work you do for these beautiful animals and their enviroment.
2 months ago
News: Update: Orangutan Caught In Snare Has Surgery http://www.care2.com/causes/update-orangutan-caught-in-snare-has-surgery.html
May 11, 2012 - Pelangsi, the Orangutan that was rescued from a snare that kept him a prisoner without food or water for 10 days in an Indonesia forest, continues to progress miraculous. Int.l Animal Rescue sent an update that he survived an intensive surgery to save his life.
Source: Dianne C.
News: Rare Photos Show Orangutan’s Miracle Recovery From Trap http://www.care2.com/causes/rare-photos-show-orangutans-miracle-recovery-from-trap.html
The veterinary team from Int.l Animal Rescue in Indonesia has been sharing updates & photos about the miraculous recovery of a wild Orangutan named Pelangsi who was found close to death last April. IAR rescued the young male from an illegal poacher’s trap & carried him in a makeshift sling from the forest. At the IAR clinic, veterinarians discovered the Orangutan’s right arm was too mutilated & infected to save, so the brave animal endured 5 hours in surgery to amputate it. Since that time, Pelangsi has won each hurdle of his recovery.
Thank you, Michela. Signed and commented. Unfortunately I don't have facebook friends. Besides, I don't like facebook. I hope we win in the end. As soon as possible, for the sake of animals and natives.
So sweet! So cute! How dare people treat them so badly?
Watch Video!! Tripa Field Update June/July 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtioyZ1xlCI&feature=player_embedded#!
Sumatran Orangutan confiscated from wildlife traders & a short update from the field
I'm pleased to see that little orangutan confiscated from wildlife traders.
On the other side, enough people should contribute to putting an end to forest fires. Why can't people understand they don't only destroy their fauna but also their heritage and their future?
An environmental catastrophe is taking place in the Tripa Forest in Aceh province, Indonesia for corporate profits. Palm Oil companies are draining the swamps and burning the trees in Tripa Forest to increase production, & in the process are killing off an international treasure, the Sumatran Orangutan. Tripa Forest is home to the densest population of the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan, one of the few Ape species alive today. Conservationists estimated that over half of the Orangutans found Tripa Forest died already, some burning to death in the fires. The remaining Orangutans will almost certainly perish within months or weeks if the draining & burning of the Forests are not stopped.
Already signed 1,2,7,11, 14,17 ... Signed 2... Signed and sent Letter 8 Also Note and signed some more Thnx Michela for Photos and all you do Barb E Hugggs and xx's 2
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The video is simply heartbreaking.
Thank you, Michela: this is informative. Do you this could make 'the bad ones' react differently?
There should be laws to protect orangutans - and the natives as well - and those laws should be enforced.
What can we do???? Orang utans are being murdered but ... what can we do to be efficient?Those murderers are not even threatened.
Up to date! Thank you, dear Michela. Hugs.
Going through petitions you listed to make sure I signed them all
Cute picture. At Tapei zoo, they should understand that orangutans, too can feel the cold!
Cute little ones! They are adorable!
Forests being burned & peat wetlands drained for plantations, causing huge CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Greenpeace warned of a potential "climate bomb!!" & called for the clearances to stop. Greenpeace's "Cooking the Climate" report investigates Palm Oil in Indonesian peat swamps, one of the most valuable stores of carbon in the world. PalmOil: an ingredient in foods & a bio-fuel added to diesel.
...The Wise Man.....
Pls Watch Video!! GREEN (Palm Oil Deforestation)
On the Indonesian Rainforest, Deforestation & Orangutan EXTINCTION!!! Make sure everyone you know watches this Video. We owe it to our Cousins, the gentle Orangutans, we owe it to our Planet & we owe it to Ourselves so that we can learn from it. This silent film addresses itself both to Indonesians & consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world. Its message is clear&frightening. The fate of a female Orangutan, captured & brought in as her Forest home has been decimated. She is 1 of the lucky ones - most are slaughtered without mercy when caught. Her fate is not a happy one: her trauma at the hands of man is too great. Your heart will break with resounding pity, but it is even more sobering to know that she is only 1 of hundreds every week who will suffer a similar fate. The Home of the Orangutan & many other wildlife Species in Indonesia is being decimated at an alarming rate by consumer need & greed. Due to the widespread practice of 'slash & burn' to clear the lush Rainforest to make way for extensive Palm Oil plantations which we, the consumer, support in our demand for our favorite foods, magazines, cosmetics, & increasingly biofuel. This practice saw Indonesia move into 3rd place behind the US&China with CO2emissions due to the uncovering of peat soil which has lain, undisturbed, below the tropical Rainforest for centuries.
They are being SLAUGHTERED!!!!!!!!!
TAKE ACTION!!!! SITUATION IS REALLY DRAMATIC: RIGHT NOW AS YOU ARE READING THIS!!! SPREAD THE WORD AS MUCH as YOU CAN!!!!!!!!
SUMATRA TIGERS & ORANGUTAN might have only few WEEKS - NOT YEARS - NOR MONTHS - to BE EXTINCT FOREVER!!!!
Some people - I think - are wrong because DON'T DO ANYTHING.... considering that all of us have NO POWER..... but one of my preferred motto together with “This Earth is NOT INHERITED BY OUR FATHERS, BUT BORROWED FROM OUR CHILDREN!!!” - DON'T WE LET THAT OUR CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN MIGHT ASK US: Has YOUR GENERATION DONE ANYTHING TO AVOID IT!!??? “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
I try to do my little!!!! michela
This Destruction is led by greed GREED
Please Watch Video!! M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers 2012 Campaign
Every year on Mother’s Day Orangutan Outreach celebrates Orangutan Mothers in zoos around the world. We take this special day to bring attention to the hundreds of Orphaned Orangutans being cared for in rescue centers in Borneo & Sumatra. Learn more about the campaign: http://redapes.org/mom
This year's MOM Campaign is dedicated to the memory of an angelic baby Orangutan called Luna. She 'went missing' under suspicious circumstances last year: http://redapes.org/luna
Learn more: http://redapes.org/sintang/jaan
Sweet photo, Michela!
Signed the most recent. I reviewed the topic posts. Michela, your words are touching and effective. Glad to be a part of this effort with you and the group. Thanks.
Will that greedy people never learn from the failure in the past?
I hope and wish they will!
signed the new ones
thanks Mic,so devoted
such a good role model
I have signed what I hadn't signed yet, which is very little. Pet. 13 > errror message. It should be corrected tonight. Thank you, Michela. You make things easier to check.
I'm pleased we have a victory!
Signed all I could (up to this point), sent letters and shared to Facebook
from Sara P.
from Magda V.
from Sun Ah C.:
As demand for the substance grows, thousands of child workers toil in the Palm Oil fruit trade. Today, more than half of all products sold in U.S. supermarkets, from cosmetics to candy bars, contain Palm Oil.Source: Heather G.
Watched video. It's distressing.
A tree stands alone in a logged area prepared for Palm Oil plantation in Malaysia's Sarawak State
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39780/0
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/content-n31-sE.html
Photos Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii) http://www.arkive.org/sumatran-orangutan/pongo-abelii/image-G4028.html#src=portletV3api
Photos Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) http://www.arkive.org/bornean-orangutan/pongo-pygmaeus/
Watch Videos!! Green - The film - An Orangutan's journey
List of Companies involved: http://www.greenthefilm.com/
Green, a female Orangutan, alone in a world which doesn’t belong to her, victim of Deforestation for PalmOil plantations, died of sorrow, because she had lost everything.. Deforestation of Indonesia: carried out by the Companies of PalmOil/Wood/Paper Industry & our passivity. 1950: Indonesia Forest cover: 160 million Hect.; Today: less than 48 million left!! If we don't buy the products, those companies can't sell them. Our purchases from PalmOil prod.(biofuel, toothpaste, biscuits&hellip to garden furniture, plywood, paper, decide if Species are exterminated or survive! Greed for PalmOil, Paper & Wood products: exterminating Rainforest along with the lives it contains .
An environmental catastrophe is taking place in the Tripa Forest in Aceh province, Indonesia, for Corporate profits. Palm Oil companies are draining the swamps in Tripa forest to increase production & wildfires are raging throughout the fragile Forest Environment
"If Chimpanzees (OrangUtans-Men of the Forest) have consciousness, if they are capable of abstractions, do they not have what until now has been described as `human rights'? How smart does a Chimp (Orangutan) have to be before killing him constitutes MURDER???” – Carl Sagan
Thanks for Posting also on Facebook!! as FB BLOCKED my Account in May2010!! for posting "my" Petition "Label Palm Oil": FB considered it as a SPAM!!! saying I was violating FB rules. Nevertheless my Petition gained 6,455 signatures!! If I disappear also from Care2 you know why... (“Pet. for Orangutans, Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Wildlife, Biodiversity, Rainforests, GlobalWarming: “Label Palm Oil", 300 Soccer Fields of Rainforests Cleared EVERY HOUR in SEAsia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, very UNHEALTHY ingredient in the products WE buy, but WE don’t know!! labelled as “Vegetable Oils”. We want to know if they contain PalmOil!!! We want the choice!!")
300 soccer fields of rainforests are cleared every hour in SEAsia to produce palm oÃ¯l - It's frightening, it's a real catastrophe, not just for orangutans but for us as well. Why can't people understand that???
I am new to this group today and so pleased to be part of it and all the good that you all do for these beautiful animals and forests!This evening, I have signed several petitions and sent emails! Will do more tomorrow.Thank you Michela x
Plant 1,000 Trees For Orangutans http://greatergood.com/project/
The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SO has planted more than half million seedlings in Sumatra since 2003. Currently they are working in the degraded areas of the Leuser Forests in Northern Sumatra, an important former Habitat of the Sumatran Orangutan.
Their work elsewhere already is drawing these amazing Great Apes into areas with saplings & young trees. The return of the wild Orangutans to these areas of new growth in 2012 was “absolutely wonderful news, it means that we are truly recreating Orangutan Habitat.” In Sumatra, the Great Apes are sometimes called “gardeners of the forest, because they help to disperse seeds of fruit trees in their dung, so the Orangutans that are coming back also are helping to speed up natural regeneration of the forest!”
Plant Trees to Save Orangutan Habitat https://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/store/trs/item/33330/plant-trees-to-save-orangutan-habitat?origin=GGcom_DonateDirect
Source: Richard H.
Watch Video: Helping the Orang-utan | Natural History Museum http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SE_Gw9GzdZY
Watch Video: Threat of Orangutan extinction - Apes in Danger
News: Aceh Forest’s Last Orangutans Could Vanish Within Months The last remaining Orangutans in the Tripa peat forest in Aceh could be wiped out in a matter of months if the slash-&-burn Destruction of their habitat continues unabated. “We’re no longer talking about a matter of years but of months ahead when there will be no more Orangutans there if this continues”
News: The Future of Endangered Orangutans is in your Hands In Indonesia, rapidly expanding OilPalm plantations already spread into millions of acres of Rainforests & threaten millions more, making PalmOil a leading cause of the Deforestation: responsible for wiping out critical Habitat & threatening the survival of EndangeredSpecies like the Sumatran Tiger & Sumatra & Borneo Orangutans. With more than 5 acres of Indonesia’s Rainforest lost every minute, Indonesia has one of the highest Deforestation rates in the world. Colette N.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/528131997/3159824
Liz G.: Just for YOU dear Michela to help brighten your day...I hope you find time to rest & look after you & may your pain ease... Love & blessings Liz Xx
An Orangutan goes through a skills trial to fetch food, Hamburg Zoo, Germany
News: Orangutan tied up and taunted by cruel mob which made her climb up a pole is rescued by a British charity http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2475824/Orangutan-tied-taunted-cruel-mob-climb-pole-rescued-British-charity.html Alone with no water, Orangutan was surrounded by jeering humans; Rescued by Int.l Animal Rescue after villager became concerned. Taunted & tormented, a female Orangutan is cruelly mocked by villagers who have captured her & turned her into an afternoon’s entertainment. Source: Danuta W.
News: Bystander’s Kindness Saves Terrified Orangutan from Jeering Crowd http://www.care2.com/causes/bystanders-kindness-saves-terrified-orangutan-from-jeering-crowd.html Sometimes it takes only a simple act of kindness to change an animal’s life. So it was for Ael, an Orangutan whose only offense was searching for food near a village in Borneo. Ael was captured while foraging in a field that had been cleared for planting rice. It’s not clear why they decided to capture her, but it took 6 men to grab Ael, hold her down & secure her. Then they dragged her back to their village for a little fun. Source: Sheila S.; Sylvie C.
Liz G. Carolyn P.
News: Greenpeace: 14 Reasons We Need to Save Indonesia From Deforestation Our “License to Kill” report shows how the makers of Oreo biscuits, Gillette shaving products & Clearasil, source PalmOil through Wilmar Int.l & are making consumers – that’s you & me - unwitting accomplices in the Destruction of Indonesia’s Forests, Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans & Elephants. Our activity is designed to highlight the Destruction of our Environment by global Corporations. Victoria O.
“Person of the Forest”=translation of the Malay “Orang Utan” share 97% of their DNA with us. With an enormous arm span (a male may stretch his arms some 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip), these formidable Primates spend most of their lives in trees, what makes them extremely vulnerable to Deforestation. Both Sumatran & Bornean Orangutans could be extinct in the wild in the next years!