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 →
We used to call it ‘Parahyangan’ or the place where the Gods and Goddesses resided. The river in Indonesia that passes through it stretches 270 km from the Wayang Mountain to the Java Sea, giving life along its course.
A critical water source
We call it the Citarum River. Ci and Tarum, “Ci” is water, and “Tarum” or indigo is a plant of the pea family that was widely cultivated over a century ago as a source of dark blue dye. It is also linked to the ‘Tarumanagara’ Kingdom, one of the country’s oldest Kingdoms, once victorious on the outskirts of the Citarum River. Today, millions of people depend on the river and surrounding area for agricultural and domestic use. 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.
Every time I meet someone and let them know that I work for Greenpeace they usually picture me with a helmet on my head, hanging from a rope or under the pressure of a water hydrant in the middle of the ocean. And every time I arrange a meeting with a top executive from some company to deliver them our demands there is often a look of surprise on their faces when I show up in a suit, minus the helmet and climbing rope. Continue reading →
After years of campaigning by Greenpeace and other environmental NGOs, Asia Pulp and Paper – one of the world’s largest producers of paper and packaging – have committed to stop deforestation in Indonesia. Greenpeace wants to celebrate this success with its supporters who have contributed so much to this groundbreaking development. Continue reading →
What do a Barbie, Xerox and National Geographic have in common? Well, after years of hard work, this should finally become clear. Much of the Indonesian rainforest has been chopped down by pulp and paper supplier Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to make everything from toy packaging to office supplies to glossy magazines. When you’ve helped us win campaigns against brands like Mattel, it’s sent a signal to their supplier, APP, that we’re not willing to buy rainforest destruction. So today, after pressure from you and the businesses that buy from them, APP has announced a ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed at ending its involvement in deforestation. If APP actually comes good on what it’s promised, this is great news for the Indonesian rainforest. Read below to hear from Greenpeace’s forest campaigner in Indonesia about this remarkable and unprecedented win for the forests.
Today was a day I have at times feared might never come, but I’ve just emerged from a packed press conference in Jakarta for the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s new ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed to end its involvement in deforestation. Continue reading →
KFC’s Colonel Sanders got Dipped into a giant dunk tank of dipping bbq sauce – that was your choice!
The Big Dip’im’ event was part of our ongoing campaign to convince KFC to stop using rainforest materials in their packaging. We promised that if more than 30,000 of you would email KFC’s board of directors, we’d invite you to vote for which sauce to dunk the Colonel in – an event that we live streamed around the world. Continue reading →
Check out this account by By Bustar Maitar, Head Of Greenpeace’s campaign to save Indonesia’s forests-
Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new pledges to stop forest clearance in limited areas and plans to only source from plantations can sound promising.
But today in Indonesia, as part of Greenpeace’s latest ‘Tigers’ Eyes Tour’ Greenpeace Indonesia and WALHI (Indonesian Environmental Forum) activists, along with Robi, lead singer of famous Balinese grunge band, Navicula, came across the fresh clearing in the middle of a plantation run by PT Asia Tani Persada. Continue reading →
A “disgusting chicken sandwich” purchased at a KFC Canada restaurant in Ontario this August is fast becoming an internet sensation. The incident reportedly occurred on August 31stafter an Ontario man unknowingly bought what appears to be an uncooked KFC chicken sandwich and took a bite before realizing something was seriously wrong. Continue reading →
Don’t you wish they’d clean up better outside fast food restaurants? Greenpeace went and did some cleaning, although maybe not the kind you’d expect.
Outside the front of a KFC restaurant in Los Angeles, Greenpeace washed the message “Trashing the Rainforest kfc-secretrecipe.com” into the dirty sidewalks. Using a method called “reverse graffiti”, an art form made popular because it looks like street art but it’s completely non-toxic, Greenpeace power cleaned the sidewalk through a stencil. No paint, no bleach, just pressurized water, carving a message of protest into the layers of well-trodden industrial grime.
Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned by the corporate fast food megalith Yum! Brands, uses paper pulp for their throw away packaging from Asia Pulp and Paper, a company responsible for pulping the last of Indonesia’s ancient forests. One of the most bio-diverse places in the world, the destruction of this forest puts hundreds of species in danger of extinction. Orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and the largest flower in the world are all threatened as their habitat disappears.
Hopefully, just like the clean graffiti in LA, our message to KFC will literally be clean and clear: KFC needs to end its relationship with rainforest destruction.
Demand that KFC clean up their act. Sign this petition today demanding a comprehensive anti-deforestation policy from Yum!