Thanks to the terrific blog, Climate Mama, I learned about an important campaign to try to protect orangutan habitat. Palm oil is a product used in many of the foods we eat including chips, cookies, and candies. The source of much palm oil also happens to be critical habitat for the orangutan – the main threat to their survival is habitat loss. As an added environmental threat, remember that loss of tropical rainforest also means less rainforest to “soak up” chemicals that lead to climate change. So what can you do to help?
- Learn more about these beautiful orangutans and the palm oil issue. Check out the National Zoo, Orangutan Foundation International, and Rainforest Action Network websites.
- Check food labels and try to support companies that are RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) members. Here’s a helpful shopping guide (thanks Climate Mama!)
- Sign the Rainforest Action Network’s petition to encourage 20 major snack food companies to harvest palm oil responsibly.