Greenpeace Releases Report On “Burning Up Borneo”


by Jaxon S on April 25, 2008

in Borneo Environment

Greenpeace has released a report titled “Burning Up Borneo” where it mentions Unilever as one of the companies contributing to the destruction of the “last remaining habitats of the orang-utan and other wildlife”.

The report focus on oil palm plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

I shouldn’t be too concerned because that the destruction is not happening in my homestate, Sabah, the Malaysian state on northern Borneo.

But Borneo Island, the once majestic island, is ailing and each day its natural forests are being destroyed to make way for man-made forest comprising thousands of hectares of oil palm.

In its press release, Greenpeace said:

Unilever, the company behind some of the world’s biggest brands, including Dove, is contributing to the destruction of the last remaining habitats of the orang-utan and other wildlife, and massively speeding up climate change, according to environmental group Greenpeace.

Simultaneous “direct actions” are taking place across Europe, and a damning new report has been released to highlight Unilever’s use of palm oil supplied by companies destroying the rainforests of Indonesia.

At Unilever’s Port Sunlight factory in the northern UK, 60 volunteers dressed as orang-utans are disrupting and occupying production lines, while employees at the company’s London HQ are greeted by screeching mating calls and orang-utans clambering the building.

At Unilever’s Rotterdam HQ, 6 activists have scaled the exterior of the waterfront building to hang a banner in Dutch reading “Unilever don’t destroy the forests”.

Finally, at Unilever’s Rome HQ, 10 orang-utangs stopped employees from entering the building this morning when they dropped off an enormous box reading “stop Dove from destroying rain forests” in front of the main entrance. While loud orang-utan songs emanate from the box, the orang-utans are handing out informative flyers outlining the palm oil situation and their moratorium demands.

Click here to read the whole Greenpeace press release on Borneo.

Below is the report. For a wider view and easy reading of the report, click here. You can also download the PDF-format report here (File size: 12MB).

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