This photo shows paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)’s plantations on the Kampar Peninsula, Sumatra. In 2002, this was pristine rainforest and carbon rich peatlands––one of the biggest carbon sinks on the planet. Today, APP has drained and cleared over 52,000 hectares of forests and peatlands on the peninsula.
Peatlands safely store huge amounts of carbon, but when drained and burned for monocrop plantations, release massive amounts of carbon pollution into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change. Deforestation and the burning of peatlands contribute to making Indonesia one of the largest climate polluters in the world.
Photo credit: Wetlands International