We Fight For Forests

Even if you live thousands of miles away from the nearest rainforest, they are essential to your survival. Rainforests truly are the lungs of our planet. They produce vital oxygen for all of us while providing homes for millions of people and some of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals.

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When taking a birds-eye view of the three major tropical rainforests in the world, Southeast Asia’s rainforests, and those found in Indonesia in particular, are ground zero for climate change, biodiversity loss, and exploitation of forest peoples. Containing the largest expanse of rainforest in all of Asia, Indonesian rainforests are home to hundreds of distinct Indigenous languages and over 3,000 animal species including critically endangered Sumatran tigers, pygmy elephants, java rhinoceros and orangutans. As recently as the 1960s, about 80 percent of Indonesia was forested, but with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, less than half of the Indonesia’s original forest cover remains. Although estimates vary, conservative studies suggest more than a million hectares (2.4 million acres) of Indonesian rainforest is cleared and lost each year, with about 70% occurring in forests on mineral soils and 30% on carbon-rich peatland forests. The scale of destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests is having globally significant impacts on the climate system. Rainforest and peatland ecosystems store billions of tons of carbon, and their destruction releases huge emissions into the atmosphere. Indonesia is now the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after the U.S. and China. However, unlike these nations over whose emissions is largely due to burning fossil fuels 80% of Indonesia’s emissions profile is from rainforest and peatland degradation and loss.

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American Dream, Native Nightmare: The Truth About Weyerhaeuser's "Green" Products and Homes

Clearcut logging continues within Grassy Narrows First Nation traditional territory despite decades of negotiation, protest, legal challenges and a clear lack of consent from the community

Turning The Page on Rainforest Destruction: Children's Books and the Future of Indonesia's Rainforests

Ironically, a growing number of these books are made from paper linked to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests.

Truth and Consequences: Palm Oil Plantations Push Unique Orangutan Population to Brink of Extinction

Ecological Catastrophe In the Tripa Rainforest of Sumatra

The Truth Behind Tasmanian Forest Destruction and the Japanese Paper Industry: A Ranking Report

Australia’s Federal Court Recently Found their Practices to be Illegal in Wielangta Forest and Driving Endangered Species to Extinction.

Corruption, Land Conflict & Forest Destruction: An Asia Pulp & Paper Case Study

After years of intensive selective logging, large numbers of logged-out forest concessions have closed or gone bankrupt.

Cargill's Legacy of Destruction: A Case Study of A Cargill Owned Plantation in Indonesia

HSL is one of the older palm plantations in Borneo; it was carved out of primary rainforest 17 years ago, in 1993.

Conflict Palm Oil in Practice: Exposing KLK's Role in Rainforest Destruction, Land Grabbing & Child Labor

Exposing KLK’s role in Rainforest Destruction, Land Grabbing and Child Labor

The Last Place on Earth Report, November 2014

Exposing the threats to the Leuser ecosystem. A global biodiversity hotspot deserving protection.

Conflict Palm Oil Report

In Rainforests Half a World Away from the United States, Orangutans are Making their Last Stand for Survival.

CONFLICT PALM OIL IN PRACTICE

Exposing KLK’s role in Rainforest Destruction, Land Grabbing and Child Labor

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When taking a birds-eye view of the three major tropical rainforests in the world, Southeast Asia’s rainforests, and those found in Indonesia in particular, are ground zero for climate change, biodiversity loss, and exploitation of forest peoples. Containing the largest expanse of rainforest in all of Asia, Indonesian rainforests are home to hundreds of distinct Indigenous languages and over 3,000 animal species including critically endangered Sumatran tigers, pygmy elephants, java rhinoceros and orangutans. As recently as the 1960s, about 80 percent of Indonesia was forested, but with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, less than half of the Indonesia’s original forest cover remains. Although estimates vary, conservative studies suggest more than a million hectares (2.4 million acres) of Indonesian rainforest is cleared and lost each year, with about 70% occurring in forests on mineral soils and 30% on carbon-rich peatland forests. The scale of destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests is having globally significant impacts on the climate system. Rainforest and peatland ecosystems store billions of tons of carbon, and their destruction releases huge emissions into the atmosphere. Indonesia is now the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after the U.S. and China. However, unlike these nations over whose emissions is largely due to burning fossil fuels 80% of Indonesia’s emissions profile is from rainforest and peatland degradation and loss.

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We Fight For Forests

Even if you live thousands of miles away from the nearest rainforest, they are essential to your survival. 

Rainforests truly are the lungs of our planet. They produce vital oxygen for all of us while providing homes for millions of people and some of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals.

Despite the fact that we all rely on rainforests, we are currently losing an acre every second for commodities like palm oil, cattle, biofuels, soya, wood and paper. 

But ecologically and culturally significant rainforests still remain, which means we have the opportunity to be the generation that makes sure it stays that way. But we must take immediate action. 

Right now, the rainforests facing the most urgent threats are in Indonesia and Malaysia. Horrifyingly, Indonesia ranks third in total global greenhouse emissions--behind China and the United States--due to the uncontrolled clearing and burning of its rainforests and peatlands. If we don’t mount an all out effort to protect Indonesia’s forest landscapes, we will not only see climate emissions continue to skyrocket but we will lose unique cultures and livelihoods and irreplaceable animals like the orangutan forever.

So what can you do to help protect rainforests?

The leading cause of deforestation and land grabs in Indonesia is clearing and plantation development for palm oil production and pulp and paper. These commodities are being produced to feed international demand. In many cases, we are the customers being sold paper and palm oil-laced foods and other products fueling the loss of Indonesia’s forests. This means that working together we have power to change the situation. We are having real influence on the big corporate consumers of these products and they, in turn, are requiring changes to their suppliers’ policies and practices.

From Disney to Home Depot, RAN has helped leverage your voices to convince some of the world’s largest companies to change the way they do business for the better--and with your help we will do it again.

RAN’s palm oil and pulp and paper campaigns are designed to help you apply pressure on the global brands that are influencing the companies causing the most damage to Indonesia’s rainforests and forest communities.

What’s our goal? We believe the two most important things we need to do to protect Indonesia’s critical rainforests are:

  • Support the rights of Indigenous and rural communities and local organizations to steward the forests they know best; and

  • Build a movement of customer power that transforms the practices of the giant global companies responsible for this deforestation mess.

All of that can only happen if you join us. When we speak out together brands listen — carefully.

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  • commented 2014-10-23 05:44:34 -0700
    This message is so important, save the forests!

    We have also started a campaign to reduce the use of wooden garden furniture.

    If you would like to reference it, share this page (http://blog.gardencentreshopping.co.uk/save-the-forests/) or tweet #savetheforests.
  • commented 2014-07-16 23:38:16 -0700
    Where is the site “Search” button?