For the last several months, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has teamed up with the creative geniuses at Free Range Studios to make this poignant two minute film about the impacts of palm oil on orangutans–as seen through the eyes of a little girl communicating to an orphaned orangutan through sign language.
RAN is doubling down on its campaign to protect the last wild orangutans and their rainforest homes from Conflict Palm Oil and we need lots of help to do it. Just last month, we launched our newest national campaign, The Last Stand of the Orangutan: The Power is in Your Palm, targeting 20 of the top snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. We’ve dubbed them The Snack Food 20 and they control some of America’s most well known household brands including Pepsi, Heinz, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smuckers.
Now we need your help to share this video far and wide so it can be as effective of a tool as possible to help us jumpstart a national conversation about the extreme consequences hidden behind some of the common food products most of us take for granted every day.
Palm oil is found in roughly half the products sold in grocery stores and its production on vast industrial plantations is now one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction worldwide. It is the single biggest threat driving orangutans toward extinction and it’s responsible for widespread human rights violations including displacement of Indigenous Peoples, land conflicts with forest dependent communities, and forced and child labor.
On top of that, deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, where nearly all palm oil is grown, is responsible for more carbon pollution into earth’s atmosphere each year than all the cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships in the United States combined. In fact, due to deforestation, Indonesia has the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emissions behind only China and the United States.
But we can do something about it!
From moving Disney to stop sourcing paper from endangered rainforests to getting Burger King to stop using cattle grazed in the Amazon, RAN has learned well that an effective way to pressure and inspire companies to change is by nationalizing controversy over an issue and making sure the company knows that association with that issue is risky for their reputation and bottom line.