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Indonesia’s rainforests are home to some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world. Many sources credit Indonesia as the most species rich country on earth.
The connection between deforestation-related emissions and agricultural expansion is well documented. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), agriculture and deforestation account for roughly one third of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. Take for example, the rapid expansion of three globally-traded agricultural commodities into tropical rainforests: soy, palm oil and cattle.
After fighting for the return of their ancestral lands for more than a decade, the people of Long Teran Kenan in Malaysian Borneo took a stand earlier this year and reclaimed part of their homeland with a decisive and peaceful act of collective resistance. Their territory had been taken from them and converted into oil palm plantations, which are now owned by the notorious global palm oil giant IOI Group.
Agribusiness and its impacts on the climate, rainforests, and communities
Palm oil is in products Americans use everyday, from breakfast cereal to cleaning supplies. It’s also destroying rainforests, communities and the global climate.
The only “green” in agrofuels is the color of corporate profits
It’s time for Disney to realize that rainforest destruction is no fairy tale. Rainforest Action Network is putting Disney on notice, and we hope you will join us to get the company to align its practices with the values it espouses and embeds in the stories it tells.
Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Indonesia and China's biggest pulp and paper company, is rapidly clear cutting and draining huge areas of Indonesia's diverse rainforests and peatlands. The logging giant then converts the degraded land into monoculture acacia pulp wood plantations to make cheap paper products. This deforestation is devastating communities and their livelihoods and driving species like the Sumatran tiger toward extinction. Despite government issued permits, serious legal uncertainties remain concerning APP's business.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 1993, and we remain an active and outspoken member. RAN is and will continue to weigh the efficacy of the FSC, and our role in it, based on our assessment of its integrity and usefulness for campaigns to help secure protection of forest ecosystems and Indigenous peoples’ rights.
Paper linked to the destruction of Indonesian rainforests, species extinction, climate change and human rights abuses is finding its way into Disney books.