Help halt slash and burn palm-oil production in Indonesia

At least half of the packaged items on supermarket shelves—from baby food and chocolate to shampoo and detergent—contain palm oil, a product that is also widely used as a biofuel and cooking oil by people across Africa and Asia. Given the huge demand for this resource, it’s no wonder that plantations filled with oil palm trees cover more than 15 million hectares (almost 40 million acres) of tropical landscapes.

Last fall man-made fires blazed across large swaths of Indonesia, releasing more carbon dioxide than the entire US economy. People were evacuated and animals were driven out of their habitat. And the worst part? It could have been avoided. The Rainforest Alliance advances sustainable agriculture and forestry solutions alternatives to the slash-and-burn farming practices that started this ecological disaster.

Today we are working in Indonesia to empower farming communities and protect animals like the Sumatran tiger. Nearly 50% of its natural habitat has been cleared by increasing deforestation and agriculture. If destruction continues at this rate, these animals will soon have nowhere else to go.