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.
Australia has suffered through its hottest day on record, and more heat waves are forecast. If we want to spare our children worse to come, we need to stop creating greenhouse pollution.
“A few minutes later, an image arrived which was really – it’s still quite upsetting to see the image – it’s all of our five children underneath the jetty huddled up to neck-deep sea water which is cold, we’ve swam the day before and it was cold.” Bonnie Walker, of Dunalley, Tasmania, describes how her children and parents spent three hours in the water to survive the bushfire that destroyed their home. Continue reading
Originally posted to Greenpeace Africa.
A US-owned company is clearing natural forest in the southwest of Cameroon to establish a large-scale palm oil plantation, heightening social tension as serious questions about the legality of the project persist.
Aerial footage by Greenpeace taken earlier this month shows how trees in the largely forested concession area have been cleared by SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC), a subsidiary of New York-based Herakles Farms.
The deforestation is taking place despite the fact SGSOC is operating via a 99-year land lease that has not yet been approved by Presidential Decree and is therefore questionable under Cameroonian Law.
If it is not stopped, the planned 730km2 concession will eventually be almost half the size of the greater Johannesburg metropolitan area, or 10 times the size of Manhattan. It would destroy a densely forested area in a biodiversity hotspot, resulting in severe consequences for the livelihoods of thousands of residents and for the global climate. Continue reading