Talk to Dove before they destroy Paradise Forests:
Unilever, the makers of Dove beauty products, are buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy Indonesia's rainforests. We've got the proof. They're causing forest destruction, species extinction and climate change.
In February 2010 David McNulty and Michael Watts teamed up with Greenpeace to make a 1 minute internet viral in support of their campaign to stop Nestle using palm oil from areas of destroyed rainforests in their products. Greenpeace released the viral on Youtube and Nestle promptly responded by pressurising Youtube to take the video offline, which they did. Greenpeace relaunched the viral on Vimeo and the internet community spread the word of Nestle's censorship - the story went truly viral and within 2 weeks had generated over a million hits. Nestle have recently committed to not using palm oil sourced from areas of rainforest destruction.
The largest forest on our planet, with the size of Western Europe.
The biggest river on earth, with 1/5 of all fresh water.
Home to 1/4 of all living species -
5-10 million types of plants and animals
This treasure is being destroyed!
Monocultures replace the former diversity of 10 million species.
The principle reason for the exploitation of the Amazon area is the world-wide demand for cheap meat and soya - the latter is primarily used for animal fodder.
Without a radical reversal, between 20% and 50% of this area will be destroyed within the next 20 years.
Forecasts predict that the present development is not only destroying a unique, irreplacable natural paradise but will also seriously impact our global climate.
The clearing and burning of the forests today already releases up to 400 million tons of carbon dioxide per year and accounts for 80% of the greenhouse gases produced by Brazil.
In contrast, each hectare of virgin rainforest absorbs between 90 and 545 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the athmosphere and generates vitally important oxygen.
Scientists claim that there is no cheaper way to reduce the world-wide CO2 emissions than preventing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
After all the Amazon accounts for 70% of the world's rainforests today.
"Amazonia - sad developments" is part of the german travel-report "Brazil - highlights of the north" available on gwegner.de. Thus the story itself is not translated yet, you can find an english homepage with great photography and more movies at gwegner.de/en
A conservation drive we created to help protect rain forests from destruction in order to alleviate global warming. Harrison Ford provides the introduction, and you provide the cash, and receive a virtual acre of rainforest in your name. The donation goes to the protection of actual acres.