Orangutans under threat -- the plan to win

To EU Ambassador to Indonesia Mr. Olof Skoog, and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton:

As concerned citizens we urge you to ensure that the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, one of the most important rainforests on the planet, remains fully protected. Allowing this area to be open to mining, paper and palm oil plantations is an environmental disaster of catastrophic proportions. As a major donor to sustainable development in Aceh, the EU should ensure that the gains made through this investment are not being put at serious risk by this destructive plan. We call on you to make sure that Europe acts now to protect the Leuser Ecosystem for future generations.
 
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Last year over 1.3 million of us called for the protection of the last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants still roam free together. Amazingly, we froze the proposed plan that would have destroyed vast swathes of pristine rainforest in Sumatra. But now the local government is gearing up to revive the destruction, unless we act.

Palm oil, paper and mining companies stand to make money from developing this delicate ecosystem, and their pressure on the government to start cutting trees is working. But Europe holds the key to an even more powerful trade incentive for Indonesia, and experts say if the EU Ambassador speaks up now, he could protect the orangutans for good.

Conservation organisations in Sumatra are doing their best to get his attention but they’re asking for our help to amplify the urgent call. Let’s shine the global spotlight on the EU Ambassador to make sure he acts before it is too late. Sign the petition now.

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