Palm Oil Plantations & The Destruction of Borneo
I had a dream of what to expect before my recent visit to Borneo and Malaysia. I pictured mile after mile of roads through virtually unbroken rain-forest, a land of wildlife, and magic.
Looking on the map it all seemed so far away, so full of wonder, remote even.
It is no longer acceptable for us as consumers to claim, or desire, ignorance. The reality, we are now a globally connected community and with that comes responsibility to sustain and protect the environment of that community. Once these forests and wildlife habitats are gone that's it. Eco systems that have survived millennia are being eradicated and cannot be replaced. We as a global community must act, and act now.
Do we really want an Orangutan or Sun Bear to die because we want a bar of Aero, a tub of Ben and Jerrys ice cream, or a bar of Body Shop Soap, is our wildlife really worth so little? Well this is the sad reality what is happening on the ground.
Palm Oil Plantations Borneo
To help put this in perspective and give an idea of distance it takes about 5 hours to drive from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan.
Indeed if you have seen the adds on TV for Visit Malaysia 2014 it promises a tropical paradise.The truth Malaysia and Borneo's wildlife and tropical rain-forest is contained in small and depressing sanctuaries.
This is so clearly not a newly highlighted problem as this link to an article on the destruction caused in #Malaysia by #Palm Oil in the Telegraph UK demonstrates.
Telegraph newspaper article from 2011 on the destruction of #Rain-forests in #Malaysia click here to read