Wise lady Kiani. Looking into Kiani's eyes breaks my heart and fills me with flooring love every time. Her gaze is like a hand that pushes everything aside & points straight to your core. There is no hiding yourself from Kiani. She is our wise woman.
There is only 7,500 Sumatran orang-utans left in the wild. 7,500 of Kiani's family. A family which we share 97% of our DNA. Our family. 7,500 people of the forest. And we are losing 1000 of her family, our family, every year. Due to their forests being burned to the ground for palm oil plantations. So we can put palm oil in our make-up, our shampoo, our chocoloate, our biscuits, our... everything. 50% of products at your supermarket contain palm oil. But you don't know it. Because it is not mandatory for it to be labeled. So its listed as "vegetable oil", or sodium laurel sulfate, or any number of other things. So you have no agency to choose. Palm oil itself is not a bad thing. Its how its harvested. There are sustainable ways to farm it, but thats commonly not done. We're trying to make it mandatory for it to be labelled so you can choose products that dont threaten Kiani's family. Head to #dontpalmusoff and sign the petition. And check your supermarket products. Look for the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil logo. And if you dont see it, but see veg oil listed as an ingredient, write to that company & question them
And you might say "Why should I care?" 4 reasons:
1. These animals are amazing
2. We dont live on a separate planet to them. What effects them, effects us.
3. We made this mess. We teach children if they make a mess, clean it up. What example are we setting? Because the rate of species extinction is devastating, it is not natural, it is not inevitable. It is a humam action, and we CAN stop it. But we need YOUR help.
4. When we lie awake at night, what keeps us up is the hope that tomorrow will be better than today. And the reason why, in the dark, your mind makes your problems enormous, is so tomorrow when you wake, you have the resilience to tackle them. How can we imagine a tomorrow that is better than the present, if it doesn't include orang-utans, or tigers, or elephants, or tiny frogs.