1000 Flowers for the Planet - #458 Do the 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge
Flower #137 Avoid Palm Oil explained how companies are causing the destruction of rainforests in countries like Indonesia in order to plant palms for the palm oil industry. In doing so they are destroying the habitat of orang-utans, which are now an edangered species. We may lose these creatures in a few years – our grandchildren may never see a living orang-utan. For those of you with the stamina to go full on and avoid palm oil altogether there is a 28-day palm oil challenge at: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/What_can_i_do.php. This site also gives lots of information about the issue and other ideas for how you can help. The power we have is in our ‘consumerism’ (or lack of it). We make a difference through the choices we make when we go shopping. All we need to add to the shopping list is some thinking time, whereby we acknowledge that our actions and our choices have consequences, and we’re able to change the outcomes by changing our behaviours. If you can take the 28-day palm oil challenge, go for it, and good on you! And thanks for helping the orang-utans.