In 2013, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) bowed to pressure from Greenpeace, other NGOs, and its customers, promising to turn off its bulldozers and end its addiction to deforestation. Yet since then, almost 8,000 hectares of forest and peatland has been cleared in two concessions linked to APP and its parent company the Sinar Mas Group.
Here’s what we found: almost8,000 hectares of forest and peatland has been clearedin two concessions linked to APP and its parent company the Sinar Mas Group since 2013. We put these allegations to APP and Sinar Mas, but the group failed to provide a credible response or to take meaningful action.
Children play without wearing any protection at the playground while the air is engulfed with thick haze from the forest fires in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Indonesia’s people and environment are paying for the industry’s failure. The country has lost 31 million hectares of forest – an area almost the size of Germany – since 1990. A recentstudy on Borneo and Sumatra orangutans showed that the population has significantly declined, with destruction of their habitat a leading cause of the crisis. Forest destruction has also contributed to the annualfires and haze crisisthat threatens the health of people across Southeast Asia. One study estimated that the 2015 fires crisis contributed to over100,000 premature deaths.
It’s alive! Today, the largest ocean sanctuary in the world was born in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica. This is a huge victory for the whales, penguins, and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans.
The Ross Sea is home to 38 percent of the world population of Adélie penguins. And now it will be an Ocean Sanctuary!