Activists with the environmentalist group Greenpeace said companies like Pepsico, Unilever, and Nestlé for destroying Sumatra’s last rainforest region. This implies animals like elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers have lost their habitat and many of them are facing extinction.
Specialists state that the explanation for this deforestation is big companies looking for palm oil. It is estimated that an area roughly half the size of Paris, or 5000 hectares, has been wiped out in this continuous deforestation. As per an investigation by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), if any action isn’t made soon, there will be no more rainforest in the zone, and the animals that live there will disappear with it.
According to study: “If more immediate action is not taken to enforce ‘no deforestation’ policies, these brands will be remembered as the corporate giants responsible for the destruction of the last place on earth where Sumatran elephants, orangutans, rhinos and tigers roamed side by side,”
Aufgedeckt: Ein Zulieferer von @Nestle, @Unilever und anderen zerstört in Indonesien #Regenwald für #Palmöl. Die Konzerne müssen sich an ihr Versprechen erinnern: Kein Palmöl von Urwald-Zerstörern! https://t.co/WsOKhB3mcy pic.twitter.com/c20pDEZenb
— Greenpeace e.V. (@greenpeace_de) April 30, 2018
To gather the information, analysts utilized photographs and GPS coordinates from satellites to decide how rapidly the forest was shrinking.
Gemma Tillack, RAN’s agribusiness campaigns director told the Guardian: “Relying on NGOs to uncover the truth is simply not good enough. If RAN, with our relatively limited budget, can figure it out, then multibillion-dollar, multinational corporations certainly can. The fact that they haven’t demonstrated that it is not a lack of ability holding them back, but a lack of will,”
She further added: “We believe that there was a rush to clear land because the [logging] companies knew that there would be government intervention to stop forest clearances. Global brands like Pepsico can no longer hide behind paper promises and simply blame their international partners for forest crimes. The Leuser ecosystem will die a death of a thousand cuts if brands don’t start taking urgent action to address the root cause of this crisis,”