Did you know that palm oil is the culprit responsible for the destruction 300 football fields of rainforest… every single minute. So, by the end of this article 300 more football fields of rainforest will be gone. This is devastating information and quite hard to comprehend. How can this happen?
Palm oil is gaining momentum as the cheapest oil option available, its shelf life is incredibly long, and it is now in half of ALL consumer goods. As demand rises, more and more animals lose their homes, and inevitably their lives.
The Sumatran elephant is a prime example. This species is running out of food and water sources, and has had to relocate closer to masses of human populations where it is nearly impossible to live. Orangutans have it even worse, where it is predicted in the next 20 years that they will be extinct from the wild. Orangutans flee from rainforests only to end up in palm oil areas where they are immediately killed. Corporations view these animals as a nuisances, pests, ironically invading on their profits.
Leo DiCaprio has entered the conversation and provided awareness of the atrocities being committed against these animals. Leo posted images on Facebook of himself with these beautiful beasts and a group of animal advocates dedicated to saving this species.
Leo’s post reads. “the lowland rainforests of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of #PalmOil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water.”
We salute you Leo and all of the other celebrities whose voice resonates louder than the average citizen. We appreciate you using your stage as a platform to protect animals such as the Sumatran elephant.