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#Palmoil is terrible for the environment and leads to the death of an estimated 6,000 orangutans each year as a result of #deforestation.
Orangutans, along with many other animals, are constantly being run out of their homes due to logging and entire forests are cut down to make palm oil.
The sobering reality of this is made evident in this footage captured and shared by the International Animal Rescue. This took place in the Sungai Putri forest of Borneo, #Indonesia. According to The Independent, the footage was captured in 2013 but was just recently released to the media.
The video shows the reaction of an orangutan faced with watching his entire home be torn apart.
As he scampers away in fear, he ends up face to face with the excavator. It’s almost as if he reaches up to it for help before it knocks him over. As for this orangutan, International Animal Rescue stepped up to rescue him after his entire home was destroyed. “Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety,” #InternationalAnimalRescue writes.
The group warns of many different consequences associated with logging, for instance it drives more animals into civilized communities. This creates conflict, and often unnecessary death for the animal.
Other issues associated with deforestation include:
Reduced biodiversity – as more forests are cut down, more animals and plants lose their homes
Perpetuates #climatechange and reduces available carbon – rainforests are the carbon sinks of the planet, absorbing incredible amounts of carbon released from fossil fuels. When forests are chopped down, this carbon goes back into the air.
It’s not just the #animals that suffer. It also takes away homes from indigenous peoples and violates their land rights, as well as human rights.
While Indonesia’s rainforests take up just 1% of Earth’s total land, they contain 12% of mammal species,10% of the world’s known plant species, and 17% of all bird species.
Many of these species are endangered or facing extinction, such as Sumatran tigers, rhinos and orangutans. Source: powerfulmind.co