The use of bioethanol and biodiesel in motor vehicles is a misguided attempt to save the climate. The ugly reality is that "green" fuels are destroying rainforests, accelerating climate change and condemning millions to poverty and hunger.

Habitat destruction, land grabs, civil strife and rising food prices are the unintended consequences of bioethanol and biodiesel — the supposedly sustainable fuels of the future.

In most developed countries, production costs are high and arable land is scarce, so vast quantities of soy and palm oils and bioethanol are being imported from overseas to be used as an additive to fossil fuels. Skyrocketing demand is destroying delicate ecosystems as rainforest land is slashed and burned to make room for oil palm, soy and sugar cane monocultures. This deforestation is accelerating climate change by releasing billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere — by some estimates, deforestation has a greater impact on the climate than the world’s entire fleet of motor vehicles. Moreover, arable land is scarce, and its use for fuel crops is contributing to rising food prices and world hunger.

Rainforest Rescue’s mission is to raise awareness of these issues and call on governments to abandon their ill-considered biofuel policies.

Biofuels are anything but environmentally friendly.

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Proboscis monkey and baby 1400 proboscis monkeys call Balikpapan Bay their home (© Pixabay / frei)

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Stop the destruction of Borneo's proboscis monkey forest!

Proboscis monkeys, clouded leopards, sun bears, hornbills, pangolins and other endangered species live at Balikpapan Bay on Borneo. The destruction of the coastal forest for a palm oil refinery and a biodiesel factory by First Resources Ltd is threatening the endangered wildlife. We call for an immediate stop of the construction work!

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To: Lim Ming Seong, Chairman, Ciliandra Fangiono and Fang Zhixiang, CEO First Resources Ltd

“Stop the destruction of the proboscis monkey forest”

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