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    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Tens of thousands of children in Indonesia and Malaysia work to harvest the palm oil that ends up in several beloved Western snacks, including Girl Scout cookies. An in-depth Associated Press report published recently used U.S. customs records and the most up-to-date information from producers, traders and buyers to link palm oil harvested using child […]

    Standing Up for Indigenous Rights in West Papua

    Standing Up for Indigenous Rights in West Papua

    By Arkilaus Kladit My name is Arkilaus Kladit. I’m from the Knasaimos-Tehit tribe in South Sorong Regency, West Papua Province, Indonesia. For decades my tribe has been fighting to protect our forests from outsiders who want to log it or clear it for palm oil. For my people, the forest is our mother and our […]

    Fighting Poverty Can Also Fight Deforestation, New Study Finds

    Fighting Poverty Can Also Fight Deforestation, New Study Finds

    It may be surprising that a universal basic income would also help the environment, but that is exactly what a new study found. A government program to help poor, rural Indonesians through direct cash payments had the unexpected effect of reducing deforestation by 30 percent in participating villages, according to a new study, as Newsweek […]

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    New Player Begins Clearing Rainforest for World’s Largest Palm Oil Plantation

    A new company has begun clearing rainforest in an area of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province earmarked to become the world’s largest oil palm plantation, in a vast project that has been mired in allegations of lawbreaking. If seen through to completion, the Tanah Merah project will generate an estimated $6 billion in timber and create […]

    For My Birthday, All I Want Is a Healthy Forest

    For My Birthday, All I Want Is a Healthy Forest

    By Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue, Greenpeace Africa When I think of the forest, I remember playing in it. We would build huts of sticks and moss, and vehicles from bamboo trees. Getting lost in the forest was a real adventure. We used to turn the forest into a navigation game. We could get a sense of […]