Posted by Joe Sutherland — 25 January 2017 at 3:27pm
Last week we revealed that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding palm oil companies who are destroying rainforests in Indonesia. People across the world have since demanded that HSBC stop its profit-hungry palm oil investments.
Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016
IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.
Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.
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.
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.
Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. These amazing forests are some of the most diverse ecosystems
on the planet - and they're vital to regulating the world's climate.
Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies are telling fibs to stop their customers deserting them. Here are APRIL's six biggest porkies.
Posted by Angela Glienicke — 26 July 2013 at 3:48pm
Sitting in my comfortable office chair and watching these terrible images come through the picture desk, I feel a desperate need to stop this destruction. The devastating forest fires that swept through Sumatra recently caused record breaking air pollution in parts of Malaysia and Singapore.