Photo Gallery: Indonesia's Sumatran Orangutan population hit by deforestation http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2013/feb/14/sumatran-orangutan-tripa-indonesia-deforestation
Numbers decline by a shocking 80% in Tripa peat swamp forest of Aceh province as illegal poaching, logging & deliberate fires to clear tracts for Palm Oil plantations take its toll on the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans.
Big Palm Oil Cos. move forward on carbon study 7 Palm Oil Giants have agreed to fund a study that will define what constitutes "High Carbon Stock" (HC Forest, a move that will potentially determine the fate of ecosystems around the world as more Cos. commit to "zero-deforestation" policies based on the amount of carbon stored in vegetation.
An illegal Oil Palm plantation established within a protected Forest area in Sumatra, Indonesia
Bali uprising: Plan to convert protected area into golf courses, mall spurs outrage In a reversal sparking outrage from locals, & concern from environmentalists, the Governor of Bali, Indonesia, has given the green light to a controversial development project in Benoa Bay, to convert 700 acres of theoretically protected mangrove & ocean front into a tourist haven of golf courses, hotels, luxury shopping & attractions rumored to include a race track & theme park. Source: Corinne F.
The dams would cost $105 billion, flood an area twice the size of LA, & force the relocation of tens of thousands of indigenous people. Against all the odds, the local forest-dwelling people are coming together & organizing in a way that’s unheard of in this part of the world. Source: Heather G.Video: Inside Malaysia's Shadow State http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1RRNggnM6A&feature=player_embedded
Signed petitions from 1 to 18 + Masaai banned from their land in favour of an Arabian hunting company. What is happening to Masaai people is absolutely shameful.
Ay yi yi. The greed continues and our people and the animals of whom they took great care are outcast...regardless of signed petitions. Thanks for keeping us up on the poor Masaai, Michela.
signed petitions 12 to 17,thanks Michela!
The natives around the world are more civilized than the riches.
News: Maasai banned from their land in favour of an Arabian Hunting Company http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/loliondo.html#cr
Maasai locked out of Loliondo - OUR THANKS TO AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE FOR PERMISSION TO REPRODUCE THIS ARTICLE.
April 2013. The Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LGCA), one of Tanzania's most well-known Maasai community concessions & wildlife destinations is in the spotlight as local stakeholders & outside financial interests clash over its natural resources.
It is suggested that the 'Ortello Business Corporation' want a new hunting block as they have killed most of the Wildlife on their old one
Caught up. I wonder how the Massai are doing, if their displacement was carried through, even with petitions. The theme in all of these topics is more and more crystal clear: money over people, all over the world!
All caught up. Thanks, Michela, You are the voice for these animals and people. God Bless You My Dear.
signed many and cross posted two,the Masai was one, to fb
Signed all of them. The love of money truly is the root of all evil.
Saw that I'd signed the last one. The entitlement of these companies to think that whatever their product is is worth displacing people from their homes! THAT is horrific. I wonder what the discussions are like in the board room. I can't imagine how they are couching their actions!
Thanks, Michela for the photos. What the heck was going on in the second one?! Figures that really stood out: from 350,000 to 50,000 for the Orangutans! I'm looking forward, also, to any news about the indigenous people in those areas. Ciao fer now, with blessings your way....J.
The orang utans' situation is a real catastrophe, and it's getting worse day after day. How can people be so blind? How is it possible not to realize they destroy their own future?
Signed all petitions.
Have signed almost all.Can't watch the Youtube videos about WWF because it has been banned in Germany because of a complaint.
Signed everything they'd let me sign, some probably for the second time!
News: Indonesia: Orangutans in big trouble http://asiancorrespondent.com/98692/indonesia-orangutans-extinction-conservatio/
The Palm Oil, Paper & Timber industries in Indonesia are killing Orangutans – literally driving the species into extinction. Just 100 years ago the wild Orangutan population is estimated to have been 350,000. Today there are less than 50,000. Their Habitat has shrunk by 80%.
The Orangutan population in Tripa peat swamp forest, located in Indonesia’s Aceh province, declined by 80% due to Poaching,Illegal Logging & Deforestation to make way for Palm plantations. Indonesia’s moratorium on deforestation has no teeth, meaning death for Orangutans & other Species as well as serious other environmental implications, not least among them Climate Change. Tripa forest contains the largest population of Sumatran Orangutans & is home to the rare Sumatran Tiger. Humans are also victims of deforestation, as their water supplies are diverted for use on Palm plantations.
Wildfires, Illegal Wildlife traders, hunters & uninformed individuals who keep orangs as pets are all contributing to the great ape’s decline. On Indonesian Borneo Orangutans are increasingly pushed into villages, where they may be killed, captured & kept as pets, or illegally sold. “The rate at which the animals were being driven out of their natural habitats by companies clearing forests for plantations & coal mines has increased the amount of human-orangutan conflict in the area”
Orangutans are highly intelligent, solitary great apes who require forest land to live in & space to forage for food. Wild Orangs have been documented manufacturing & using tools, while those in captivity are even using iPads at a zoo in the USA http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130214/APHEADS/302140033/That-s-odd-Orangutans-learn-iPads-Ky-zoo?gcheck=1
Deforestation in Indonesia
Orangutan sanctuary, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
In the 1980's & 1990's more timber was removed from the Rainforests Borneo than from all of Africa & South America combined. This tragic loss of Habitat, with its attendant loss of wildlife & indigenous cultures, has gone largely unrecognized in the USA.Video: What is the Borneo Project? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pj1CLuVXu_0
Rainforest logging in Malaysian Borneo
Logging camp in Borneo
Video: The Waurá Indians from Amazônia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLEy-U1Bd6c&feature=player_embedded
Source: Terry V.
News: Villagers Fight Mafia to Protect Forests http://www.care2.com/causes/villagers-fight-mafia-to-protect-forests.html Oct.14,2012 - Organized crime is diversifying beyond drugs & human trafficking into a new business: Deforestation. UN: Illegal logging in tropical forests is worth big bucks: $30-$100Billion a year. UN’s report “Green Carbon, Black Trade” makes recommendations for combating illegal Deforestation, incl. “a full-fledged Law Enforcement Assistance to Forests(LEAF)” program that would undertake “coordinated int.l & improved nat.l law enforcement & investigative efforts to reduce illegal logging, the int.l trade in illegally felled timber & forest-related corruption incl. tax fraud & laundering.” World Bank: Criminal syndicates net ab.$11Billion of this (close to the $13Billion they bring in from producing drugs).National Geographic: “Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere & increased speed & severity of GlobalWarming”. Deforestation drives Climate Change. The deleterious effects of Deforestation are well known. “The most dramatic impact: loss of Habitat for millions of Species”“70% of Earth’s land animals & plants live in Forests & many cannot survive the Deforestation destroying their homes, it removes trees of the forest canopy, which blocks the sun during the day & holds heat in at night. “This leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to the plants & animals that survive the logging itself. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor back into the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.”
The Washington Post: Illegal Deforestation accounts for nearly 1/3 of world logging “in tropical areas: the Amazons, C.Africa, & SE Asia” Demand for wood is increasing. “China set to double its wood consumption by 2020” “Global demand for timber products growing massively.” The connection with water led a town in Mexico beset by criminal loggers to fight back. When a criminal syndicate started cutting down their forests, the residents of Cheran found that the police & Gov.t were no help. “The bad men come & we are unprotected” “Without trees there is no water, the soil erodes & no one can live from the land. We decided to protect ourselves” The town banished the police & the mayor & established a city council, organized a militia that stops every person who seeks to enter the area at “barricades made of logs.”, & has scared off the illicit loggers. The criminals murdered many residents, but the town stood firm. These heroic measures cannot be expected in every forested area of the globe, & in the meantime, the criminals’ logging is fueling Global Warming. The people of Cheran cannot fight this battle alone.It will take coordinated Int.l efforts to protect the world’s resources from organized crime.
Signed - thank you Michela
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WE are 3,115 but if any of you invites 10, that are not Members, we'd be 31,150 taking Extremely Urgent Actions! If you have 2 friends invite them anyway.
I am only a single Drop, but ALL together WE are an Ocean! ALL together WE can make a difference!!
Come on… Public pressure is absolutely crucial for all of these Issues!
I am up to date with petitions and news. I get so sick when I see what our planet is becoming.
Read and signed all that I could find. How is it possible to treat people like that? Tourists won't even understand the threat they are for them. They are a treasure, still live in harmony with nature and should be protected instead of being robbed and killed like animals.
Up to date on petitions - I love the photos Michela
Dearest Michela...Signed n shared them all! Thank you
Noted and signed about 5 petitions Michela The pictures are all Super...Love the Cub and his Dad's first encounter and The Moms with their babies ) ) ) I Love how you do your threads... now it is a bit easier to post Thanx for All you Lovingly do !!...Your friend Barb E Hugggs and a few of these too xx'xs ...
People don’t understand that one touch of Mother Nature can make the whole world wise in a second… I don’t know if the bulldozer in Rainforests or the atomic bomb will be the last drop… but we beat the Earth to death. Today you can murder land for private profit, you can leave animal’s corpses for all to see, and nobody care. This is bad for wildlife, ecosystems and human's soul...
All petitions signed. Thank you Michela!
Playful baby orangutan dangling from its mom. (Photo by award winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas)
Thank you. This interesting. Those people still live in harmony with nature - How long will that still be possible?
The Lion cub is literally meeting dad for the 1st time ever. The cub was a bit shy & apprehensive but the father was very gentle. In the other photos, the cubs are more familiar with the father & are playing with him. The father reacted by gently playing with them & often growling. In both situations, the mother was sitting nearby, watching very closely, ready to pounce on the father if he got a bit too rough with her cubs.
A 7-week-old Lion cub looks nervous as he meets his father for the first time. These touching scenes captured on camera after following a pride of lions for 3 months in the Masai Mara Nat.l Reserve, Kenya
News: In Ghana’s Forests, Should Chainsaw Loggers be Legalized? http://e360.yale.edu/feature/in_ghanas_forests_should_chainsaw_loggers_be_legalized/2562/
Ghana prohibits small operators using chainsaws from logging its Forests, but it permits the Export of timber cut at large sawmills. Do such laws simply benefit powerful business interests without helping local communities or the Forest? ‘The big Companies just come onto our land & do what they want. We don’t have any right to stop them.’ European Union officials are calling for reform of forest governance inside timber-exporting countries like Ghana. The EU would like to see the chainsaw operators brought within the law. But the obvious route of changing the law seems to be blocked. A union official calculated that bribes paid to police for illegal transport of lumber in his region totaled $100,000 a week. While rural communities in Ghana control their land, the state has legal ownership of the trees on that land. The Forestry Commission hands out logging concessions, mostly to the large timber exporting Companies, with barely any compensation paid to communities.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3440327
Governments in Africa are way too quick to sell off land and animals for big bucks that seldom goes further than their bank accounts. Like the seal hunt in Namibia.
All signed - thank you Michela!
(Loving mama and her newborn)
Nomadic tribes are now but a memory in Borneo, but other tribal groups continue to fight for their Forests by seeking legal recognition of their lands & blocking destructive projects, including OilPalm plantations, Logging, & large-scale hydroelectric projects.
In the 1980s images of loincloth-clad tribesmen blockading logging roads in Malaysian Borneo shocked the world. But while their protests captured the spotlight momentarily, Borneo's forests continued to be destroyed at rapid rates, undermining traditional communities that are dependent on these ecosystems for food, shelter, medicine, clean water, & spiritual inspiration.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3410218
Had previously signed, but signed again with a different e-mail address. Thanks Michela
Thank you beautiful Michela and all signed for the love of Orangtans and it Indigenous people to reclaim their land.
So gladly sign the petitions with pride. Thank you my dear friend Michela
I signed and shared the 4 petitions on Facebook. Thanks Michela!
Action taken. Thanks for all you do Michela.
All caught up.
I watched the first video and it was sadly surprising to find this out about the WWF. I wonder how many people are watching these videos who do not know this. I was appalled at Prince Phillip with his humancentric attitude. The computer says that is not a word but it seems to fit. We have to kill predators to save other animals? It's still killing and he has no clue that he is upsetting the balance of nature; and that other guy with family pictures of killing hundreds of tigers. I would have the frames and burn the pictures. That is nothing to be proud of. When the WWF gets in touch with me I will tell them why they are not getting my money and to please not contact me again as long as they are exploiting tigers and evicting villagers who actually care about the forests and the tigers.Do I sound angry? I hope so. I will watch the other videos as well.
Just watched the youtube videos about the WWF. It is sick and disgusting that they are making money and people are getting rich by tricking people into giving them money and thinking they are doing something good. Their tactics are awful. I have been really surprised because until recently I thought they did good work. Thanks Michela for opening my eyes completely to their atrocities.
Thank you Michela, signed and shared on facebook.
Palm Oil - Environmental Impact
Its production has been documented as a cause of substantial and IRREVERSIBLE damage to the Natural Environment; impacts: Deforestation, Habitat loss of criticaly Endangered Species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger, (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), and a significant increase in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, contributing to Global Warming; very popular for Biofuel, but the environmental impact from growing large quantities of Oil Palms has called the use of Palm Oil into question. The Pollution is exacerbated because many Rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia lie atop peat bogs that store great quantities of carbon that are released when the forests are cut down and the bogs drained to make way for plantations. Environmental Groups such as Greenpeace claim that the Deforestation caused by making way for Oil Palm plantations is far more damaging for the Climate than the benefits gained by switching to Biofuel.
2 signatures...signed and shared
Gladly signed! Thanks, Michela, for giving us the opportunity to do something about this grave injustice!
Wow these videos are sure an eye opener, you just can't trust any organization it seems, unbelievable.Thanks for posting these Michela. I hope everyone takes the time to watch these videos!
This post was modified from its original form on 23 Sep, 11:51
Action taken with following paragraph added:
"Since I refuse to live on land that was taken from indigenous people, I returned from Australia to my country of origin in 1992 and encourage others to do the same. Since tropical timber is the first step in the destruction of the forest, I have written to building companies that advertised apartments with tropical timber floors and suggested that they use European wood in future buildings. Fortunately, no such apartments have been advertised since the start of this recession. I have also written to the largest Croatian biscuit manufacturer, asking them to avoid palm oil."
signed and shared again, thank you
Margaret, you have to click on the Link in the text of the Petition
Thank you. Signed for roomate and self.
Signed again thanks Michela!
Signed and Shared.
Signed. Thanks Michaela...also posted petition to fb.
Signed and shared on fb...
SIGNED & TWEETED!
Signed and shared .Thanks Michela
Signed again! Happy August!
Signed and shared. Thank you dear Michela.
Signed and shared. Thanks, Michela!
Signed, posted & forwarded....THANKS MICHELA!
Bruce and Wendy Forster signed.
2 signs tks