I’m so excited to share this update with you.
Last week Indonesian President Joko Widodo addressed world leaders at UN climate change talks in Paris. So we used the moment to hand-deliver our emergency petition from 253,800 people to stop catastrophic fires destroying our forests.
Your name, Manfred, was part of this enormous, global call on the President and companies to outlaw the environmental destruction that allows these fires to rage on, year after year. And here’s the picture to prove it!
Now, can you help make this even bigger by sharing the news with your friends on Facebook?
At first I didn’t think we’d have an opportunity to meet with the President on such a busy day at the opening of the climate talks (also known as the COP). But during a short visit to the Indonesian pavilion we were invited to present our petition, and the President received our names with a smile.
Meanwhile, right now we’re also taking action on the ground in the heart of these precious forests. Volunteers and villagers have come together, including our friends at Save our Borneo and the Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland from University of Palangkaraya, to construct a dam, keep the forest and peatlands wet, and prevent fires from reigniting.
It’s innovative and effective solutions like this that will help stop the next fire crisis. Click here to read the full story.
It’s a big step forward to hear the President of Indonesia publicly speaking up on this crucial issue. But we know this isn’t the end. Forest fires and the smoke haze won’t stop until our calls are written in law. Crucially, we need companies who use the land for palm oil plantations to act now and prevent the next fire and haze crisis.
I’ll be in touch with you again soon on how we can make that happen. But today, let’s take a moment to celebrate everything we’ve done. It shows that together, we are truly unstoppable.
Thanks so much for being part of this.
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