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There are massive plans in Europe and the US to use palm oil for bioenergy. The best thing we can do is to reduce demand for electricity and that starts by turning off everything that uses energy when you're not using it!
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Fight global warming from conventional palm oil !
Americans cannot be a part of products that cause global warming and animal cruelty. Join us in urging the US Senator Maria Cantwell to introduce legislation that will shut our borders down to regular palm oil that is blamed for driving global warming and wildlife extinction.
There is plenty of sustainably planted palm oil in the market place but American companies are not willing to pay the higher costs to use them. Global warming does not know any borders and we will feel the effects of climate change if we do not do anything today!
Please join Leann Fox from Washington as she campaigns to get Senator Cantwell to introduce a bill to legislate palm oil imports! We want only cruelty free and deforestation free products!
In Leann's words "...Americans must not be used as unwitting partners in causing global warming when they are fed unsustainable palm oil nor can we be part of the problem of wildlife extinction and animal cruelty. We must stand up in the fight against climate change when better alternatives are readily available."
Join her here and send your letter to Senator Cantwell !
This is Leann's letter to Senator Cantwell
Dear Senator Cantwell and colleagues,
I am an American citizen and I am concerned that we are directly causing global warming and wildlife extinction when we buy products that use palm oil.
For many years tropical forests have been under siege by multiple industries but never more than the palm oil industry. Right now palm oil is found in 51% of all products in American supermarkets and consumers are unwittingly driving the forests and its inhabitants to extinction. With recent popular television shows like the Dr. Oz show promoting the oil as the foundation of youth and the latest weight loss sensation, the sales are soaring.
Further, the palm oil industry is directly responsible, in many instances, for slaughtering orangutans. It is illegal to hold, sell or kill an orangutan and yet it is taking place at an alarming rate with little to no prosecutions. Mothers are killed while infants are torn from their bodies and sold into the illegal pet trade.
Recently the EPA upheld their previous decision to hold allowable carbon emission levels and managed to keep the oil out of our bio fuels however the palm oil people have hired environmental lawyers in an attempt to gain access. And we know the industry is making serious inroads into South America and Africa.
It is well known that the rainforests of the world serve as the lungs of our planet and with heavy deforestation massive amounts of carbon are being released into the environment thus further warming the climate and propelling extreme weather conditions. Palm oil in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing, the problem is the manner in which it is grown. To further confuse consumers, American companies have volumes written on their websites about how their products are rain-forest friendly and will convert their supply chain to sustainably grown oil by 2015. I say we do not have to wait. There is a supply of certified sustainable palm oil widely available for American brands and companies.
Palm oil to qualify for certified sustainable status simply means three things. Free, prior consent from native land owners to let their land become plantations, an environmental impact assessment carried out properly to ensure wildlife will not be seriously impacted and using studies ensuring the proposed area is not of high conservation value.
We cannot influence what other governments do if we do not take a leadership role by shutting our borders to any products that cause deforestation and wildlife extinction. I am asking you to create legislation to close our borders to any oil that is not certified and sustainably grown.
Senator Cantwell, the use of non-sustainable palm oil will continue to devastate the eco-system unless we legislate against it. With millions of hectares of palm oil licenses still to be planted the future of the forests look bleak unless we take action.
Americans must not be used as unwitting partners in causing global warming when they are fed unsustainable palm oil nor can we be part of the problem of wildlife extinction and animal cruelty. We must stand up in the fight against climate change when better alternatives are readily available. Americans must protect great apes not only those in our laboratories but those whose extinctions we are causing.
I hope I can I count on you to take action.
Join Leann Fox from Seattle, Washington and say no! Americans do not want to be a direct cause of global warming simply because of a cheap oil. We want the sustainable ones!