Please SIGN: keep plantations out of orangutan habitat!
Dear friends of the rainforests,
Insanity, it’s said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
In the 1990s, the Indonesian dictator Suharto ordered more than a million hectares of pristine peat bog forest on Borneo to be converted into vast industrial rice plantations. The forest was cleared, emitting hundreds of millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It was only after all the damage had been done that they found that rice doesn’t actually grow very well there, because peat soils are too acidic. The project was abandoned – a spectacular failure.
And now they’re going to do it again – a new industrial rice project on hundreds of thousands of hectares of peatland in Borneo.
Indonesia’s peat bog forests – which represent almost half of all tropical peatlands – are crucial to global climate protection. Peat stores 20 times as much carbon as mineral soils. The destruction of forests and peatlands accounts for 13 to 40 percent of global carbon emissions every year.
Nearly 200 Indonesian organizations are speaking out against the insane new plan: Hasn’t the Indonesian government learned anything from its past mistakes? Does Indonesia really want to remain one of the world's worst climate offenders? Where is the political will to finally take peatland restoration seriously? And why does the government see industrial agriculture as the answer instead of promoting diverse rural land use by smallholders?
Please sign our petition and support the demands of the Indonesian NGOs – they need all the international backing they can get.
Thanks for being involved,
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)