Stop the fires for good: sign to save Indonesia's forests and protect our health!
Dear President Joko Widodo and CEOs of palm oil producers, traders and buyers:
We call on you to solve the fire crisis once and for all. Please work together to restore and protect Indonesia's forests and peatlands, and implement an industry-wide ban on trade with companies that destroy forests and peatlands.
This is everyone's problem – but you have the power to fix it.
I've lived my entire life breathing thick smoke from annual forest and peatland fires. Every year tens of thousands die prematurely from respiratory illness. Every year I hear the government promise to solve this problem. But this year was even worse than we imagined.
These fires are a man-made crisis driven by decades of forest destruction by some of the biggest palm oil and paper companies in the world. Greed is winning over the survival of people and amazing wildlife like orangutans and tigers.
Thankfully, rains have come and extinguished most of the fire hotspots across Indonesia – for now. Palm Oil companies and the Indonesian government must immediately protect remaining forests and peatlands to ensure the fires don't take off again as predicted for early next year. Add your voice to the global call to prevent these fires happening again.
I need your support! Without global pressure from customers of the brands that buy palm oil, companies and the government will continue to ignore the problem. Stand with Indonesians who are fighting to protect our health and our forests, sign my petition.
Indonesian student, 22 years old