Forest Clearance in Kalimantan, Indonesia
Although it may not have made it to the front page of our newspapers here in the US, there was big news this week for our planet and for some of the last remaining tropical rainforests. The President of Indonesia has extended the forest moratorium, protecting roughly 20 million acres of forest from the threat of deforestation. This was great news, but it does not solve the entire problem because plenty of Indonesia’s forests were left unprotected and deforestation continues to wreak havoc there. Here is Yuyun Indradi, one of my Indonesian colleagues’ account of the news. Continue reading
Just last week, we announced that U.S. forests are now better protected thanks to the “Roadless Rule”. This week, we’ve got some good news for Indonesia’s rainforests, and the endangered tigers living there.
Thanks to pressure from Greenpeace supporters around the globe, Yum! Brands, the largest restaurant company in the world and parent company of KFC, has released a new set of commitments which could make the paper and packaging it uses much more rainforest-friendly.
Pristine Rainforest in Indonesia
Last year Greenpeace showed that wood fiber from rainforest trees was ending up in KFC’s famous chicken buckets and other paper packaging. Activists around the world spoke up, telling KFC and Yum! Brands executives that trashing tiger forests was not acceptable. It seems all those hours in tiger and orangutan costumes, doing reverse graffiti and yes, even dunking the Colonel in BBQ sauce, have made the company pay attention.
Greenpeace activists inflated a 42 foot tiger on San Francisco’s iconic Embarcadero on Thursday, the International Day of Forests. The giant tiger helped send a message about Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company, APRIL (Asia Pacific Resources International Limited) which has been destroying huge sections of natural rainforests and tiger habitat.
Over the past few years, you’ve helped us push Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company , APP, to protect the forest while APRIL is still actively clear cutting the rainforest and draining high carbon peatlands to produce pulp and paper. Here in the U.S. we can find APRIL’s paper on our store shelves and in office copy rooms, particularly their flagship brand PaperOne. Continue reading