THE ISSUE OF PALM OIL

Palm Fruit Plantation And Palm Oil Production

Taken from BusinessDay

Palm oil is made with fruits taken from African oil palm trees. It’s a popular ingredient that’s found in about half of the products that you might find at the supermarket, like chocolate, cosmetics and cleaning products.

Environmentalists argue that the farming of oil palms is damaging our planet. In order to grow oil palms, forests are being illegally burned down. This releases a huge amount of carbon dioxide, which intensifies the C02 effect.  It also destroys animal habitats and drives Indigenous people from their homes. Orangutans are an example of a species that is being pushed to extinction as a result of the cultivation.  According to Say No To Palm Oil, over 50,000 orangutans have died due to palm oil deforestation. The destruction also impacts the lives of many children in remote locations due to child labour and human rights violations. 

Iceland, a UK supermarket chain, has said that it won’t use palm oil in its own merchandise by the end of this year. It’s the first major UK supermarket to ban the use of the oil. The retailer hopes this decision will lessen the damage the oil is having on our planet. But how can we encourage more supermarkets to follow suit?

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A ‘planetary crisis’: Plastic in our oceans

 

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A still from Blue Planet II

As a lover of David Attenborough and his productions, I commend his latest Blue Planet jaw-dropper in opening people’s eyes to the wonders of the ocean. However, one cannot ignore the fact that its well-intended message to defend our oceans might be sadly lost to some within its beautiful, hallucinogenic imagery. Of course, I cannot deny that these images and God-like voice that accompanies them presents a powerful message about the detrimental impact us humans are having. Yet, do they not simply become another powerful entertainment piece more than anything?

Amongst the craze around the BBC’s beautiful imagery, it’s quite clear that there’s an important message coming to the fore through social media platforms regarding the state of our oceans. These messages are coming from celebrities, political figures, the UN and the like. Just scroll through Facebook and they pop up. Likely encouraged by Attenborough’s latest message, more than anything there’s a focus on the detrimental effects of plastic, a true ‘planetary crisis’. So, here is my message to you – a quick reminder, reiteration and contribution to drive this point home that society needs a change in behaviour to deal with the plastic problem…

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Conservation

Why?

Although I do enjoy the old spot of casual travel, I often feel rather too vagrant simply interacting with everything new in the world without having a particular purpose (other than trying to learn more about my curious self…aren’t we supposed to?). One of the best ways I have been able to do this is by taking part in conservation — above and below the ground.

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