Don’t Palm Us Off

On May 26, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Lisa

Getting into the spirit of what the show embodied I thought I’d contribute with one of the campaigns I’ve been helping teach the kids on the Zoo Adventures holiday program at Melbourne Zoo.

Orangutans and Sumatran tigers are facing extinction and palm oil is the single biggest threat to their survival. Only 300 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. In SE Asia alone, the equivalent of 300 football fields are deforested every hour for palm oil production.

But there is hope for our endangered friends! You can help by:

  • Purchasing foods with sustainable palm oil when they are appropriately labelled;
  • Writing to food manufacturers asking whether they source sustainable palm oil to include in their products; and
  • By putting the pressure on our local government for mandatory labelling of palm oil.

Our voices have already been heard and as a result companies such as Cadbury, KFC and Nestle have pledged to stop sourcing unsustainable palm oil. The Power is Ours!

I am constantly astounded and encouraged by the knowledge, enthusiasm and proactive attitude of the kids I teach. It is largely through these children’s actions that the aforementioned results were achieved. We can make a difference!

The film Born to be Wild (2011) poignantly highlights the repercussions of unsustainable palm oil plantations. A brilliant film I highly recommend. Read more about the film here. The site also provides some good educational material for classroom discussions and activities, and some very cute downloads.

Read more about the Don’t Palm Us Off campaign here.

For more information on palm oil plantations and its impact on species, you can visit these websites:
WWF – Orangutans and Palm Oil Plantations
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

The Power Is Yours!

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