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Vast tracts of rainforests are currently on fire, in large part because the European Union wants to protect the climate by using biofuels such as palm biodiesel.
Around 2 million tonnes of palm oil are consumed each year across the EU. European laws require mixing biofuel with fossil fuel. This same year, the European Council decided to set the biofuel quota at 7%. On average, each car tank load contains 5% biofuel.
Rainforests and peatlands are sacrificed to grow oil palm in Indonesia, the world's largest exporter of palm oil. By early October, 17,000 km2 of forest had been destroyed in Borneo and Sumatra. Illegal and brutal fires are a cheaper method than mechanical logging for palm companies that want to make room to establish new plantations. “Every year our jungles burn, every year it's more terrible,” says Nordin of Save our Borneo, and counterpart of Save the Jungle. For more than three months, at least 25 million people have suffered the hell of fire and toxic fumes in the region. About 20,000 orangutans, a third of the total population of these animals are in vital danger.
The situation is especially dramatic in the province of Central Kalimantan, Borneo, where Nordin comes from. For a few days, the concentrations of toxic particles in the area were at levels 90 times higher than recommended by the World Health Organization. An extremely dangerous index for health.
EU heads of government must be convinced that biofuel destroys nature, animals, humans and the climate. Please end the policy of promoting the use of biofuels in the EU.
Sign here: https://www.salvalaselva.org/peticion/1025/gobdamientos-de-la-ue-salven-la-selva-detengan-los-biocombustibles?mtu=123466909&t=1367
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