Joaquin Phoenix, Gillian Anderson, Paul Wesley, Kellan Lutz, Kristin Bauer, Isabel Lucas, Nikki Reed and Amy Smart Support Greenpeace's Tiger Manifesto
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A host of Hollywood stars have joined thousands of concerned consumers in a call for an end to everyday products that are manufactured through forest destruction.
The Tiger Manifesto, launched by Greenpeace, is a way for consumers to demand products that are forest and tiger-friendly. Forest destruction is driving animals like the Sumatran tiger in Indonesia – which number as few as 400 – to the edge of extinction.
Famous for his roles in Gladiator, Walk the Line and more recently, Her, American actor Joaquin Phoenix said: "I have recently learned about the mass destruction of Indonesia's rainforests for the production of palm oil and paper.
“It not only negatively affects millions of Indonesians whose livelihoods depend on the forest, but also has been the direct cause of pushing the Sumatran tiger to the edge of extinction. We are all a part of the future, and together we can ensure these magnificent animals are too.”
X Files actress Gillian Anderson also supports the Tiger Manifesto: "The thought of anything on this beautiful earth of ours being driven to extinction by our selfish consumption is devastating to me and I think we, as fellow animals, need to do everything in our power to stop it from happening."
The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley has also spoken out against mass palm oil production: “Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. With as few as 400 Sumatran tigers in Indonesia, it’s clear to me that our forests are not in the best of health. That’s why I believe we need to take action now.”
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And it’s a cause that’s close to the heart of Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz, who spent three months shooting the movie Java Heat in Indonesia: "I absolutely fell in love with the people, the culture and their wildlife. Indonesia’s Sumatran tigers could disappear if we don’t stop forest destruction for palm oil. Their forest home is the only place tigers, elephants and orangutans live side by side. I don’t want the last forests in Indonesia to disappear, not when there are better ways to develop Indonesia’s vast natural resources. Let’s show the world that we are fearless for forests and join the movement to protect paradise in Indonesia."
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Palm oil, an ingredient found in almost half of all supermarket products, is the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia. According to Greenpeace, the vast majority of the forest cleared in oil palm concessions in Sumatra between 2009 and 2011 was tiger habitat. This makes the plantation sector the chief threat to Sumatran tigers, with up to 1 million hectares of prime tiger habitat already allocated to concessions in Indonesia.
“Forests do not need to be destroyed to grow palm oil, but the makers of everyday products are making us a part of this destruction,” explained said Bustar Maitar, the head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International. “It’s possible to protect forests and prevent tigers from being driven to extinction, and Greenpeace’s Tiger Manifesto brings together those who share this vision.”
The Tiger Manifesto is just the first part of a global campaign to save the home of the Sumatran tiger and to eliminate dirty palm oil from the products we use.
“Thousands of people in Indonesia and around the world are taking action, but we need more signatures on the Tiger Manifesto,” added Bustar. “We want Sumatran tigers and forests in our future. Greenpeace will continue to expose those who refuse to cut forest destruction from their products because consumers do not want a part of the extinction of such a majestic animal.”
Global pressure from Greenpeace and other NGOs has already pushed Wilmar International, the world’s biggest palm oil trader, to commit to forest protection. Big brands like L’Oréal, Unilever, Ferrero and Nestlé have also made pledges, but more action is needed to save the remaining forest.
Sign the Tiger Manifesto here: www.protectparadise.org.