Blog: Forests

10 shocking facts showing how companies are still trashing Indonesia’s rainforests

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 20 November 2015 at 11:37am - Comments
Orphaned orangutan and palm oil plantation
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Forest destruction and orphaned orangutan

For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed.

Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

Indonesia fires: "I'm tired of being made sick by this smoke"

Posted by Rahmi Carolina — 29 October 2015 at 12:44pm - Comments
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When I was young my friends and I would visit our local river, just a short walk from our small town in Pangkalan Kerinci, upstream of Riau's peatland coast in Sumatra. On days when we needed to cool down from the heat, we would spend hours swimming and getting lost in the shade of the trees, chasing birds and sleeping.

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Posted by ZamZami — 25 September 2015 at 3:31pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator documents fire on recently cleared peatland
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Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.

My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra. But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.

In pictures: A river runs through it. Go with the flow on World Rivers Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 25 September 2015 at 2:16pm - Comments
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Trees and ferns line the Bairaman river and surrounding forest in West Pomio district.

This Sunday people from more than 60 countries celebrate World Rivers Day by taking part in various activities like festivals, river clean ups and habitat restoration to increase public awareness about the many values of rivers and the threats they face.

Tracking trees: How one Amazon Indigenous community is using tech to fight illegal logging

Posted by Fran G — 11 September 2015 at 10:19am - Comments
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For the Ka’apor people of Brazil, protecting the Amazon rainforest isn’t just about climate change or wildlife. It is about survival.

PHOTOS: In the eye of the tiger, his will to survive on International Tiger Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 29 July 2015 at 1:58pm - Comments
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Close-up of a semi-wild Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae), seen at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation rescue centre

The largest of the world's big cats, tigers have a special day dedicated to them. 29th July is the purrfect day to raise awareness for endangered tigers and support efforts to conserve these magnificent predators. Take action for tigers >>

In pictures: Variety is the spice of life, celebrating World Biodiversity Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 15 May 2015 at 10:33am - Comments
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A blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota) seen in the Amazon rainforest

The United Nations has declared May 22nd The International Day for Biodiversity. This year's theme focuses on sustainable development goals. We all enjoy living in a colourful world where different species play their various roles in the maintenance of an ecosystem that is so vital for our existence.<--break-><--break->

A Manifesto for Change

Posted by John Sauven — 1 May 2015 at 3:37pm - Comments
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Next year, the International Union of Geological Sciences will report on the outcome of one of the biggest scientific debates of our time: whether the Earth has entered a new geological epoch. For the last 10,000 years – a period that has seen the birth and flourishing of human civilisation – we have been living through the Holocene epoch. But there is an emerging consensus that this epoch may now be over, superseded by a new age: the Anthropocene. The age of humans.

Result: Santander stops financing forest destroyer APRIL

Posted by Richardg — 26 February 2015 at 10:08am - Comments
We did it!
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Great news: Santander just pledged to stop financing the paper company APRIL. Santander has agreed that APRIL will get no more money until it stops destroying the Indonesian rainforest.

New footage catches APRIL destroying the rainforest in Borneo

Posted by Richardg — 23 February 2015 at 1:23pm - Comments

Our research team has sent us the first batch of footage from the Indonesian rainforest. They were documenting rainforest destruction by APRIL - the paper company that Santander loaned millions of pounds to.

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