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This E.T-Gollum-like creature was found slowly crawling through the wreckage of a plantation site in Borneo. What the workers filming discovered is that it is not an alien or a mutated Hobbit at all, but their native sun bear devoid of hair and undernourished due to palm oil plantation farms.
These rare sun bears, the world's smallest bears, have lost half their population due to the oil industry. They are also hunted and deforestation destroys their habitat and leaves them starving a withering in the hot sun, like the poor one in this video.
According to SunbearSurvival.org:
"In total sun bear populations have declined by at least 30% in the last 30 years (IUCN 2007)
Habitat loss alone has reduced sun bear population size by at least 75%. In Malaysia, Borneo, deforestation for the development of palm oil plantations continues to be one of the biggest causes for habitat loss."
Watch the video here:
This is what a healthy sun bear looks like:
The ubiquity of palm oil in our household products and food means this issue goes straight to the heart of 1 Million Women is all about. Women make over 85% of consumer decisions that affect household carbon footprint, by making sure we avoid palm oil whenever and wherever possible we can make take action against the dangerous palm oil industry.
Here are some tips to cut palm oil out of your life thanks to 1MW contributor, Hannah Colless.
Eat wholefoods. Boycott packaged food as much as humanly possible. Once upon a time, people would be able to see every ingredient in their meals – vegetables, meat, nuts etc. Fast food and the pre-packaged food has led us down a dark path where many of us consume all sorts of unhealthy, unethical, barely edible products on a daily basis. The simplest thing to do is eat real food.
Choose products that contain clearly labelled oils, such as 100-percent sunflower oil, corn oil, olive oil, coconut oil or canola oil. Palm oil is often disguised as 'vegetable oil'.
Avoid ingredients with the word palm in it including palmitate, palmitoyl, or simply palm. These will all contain palm oil.
Google it – if you're unsure of whether a product contains palm oil Google the product followed by the words 'palm oil' and often you can find the answer in a few clicks.
Check the saturated fat percentage. If more than 40% of a products fat content is of the saturated variety, it most likely contains palm oil.
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