So with one more shot across the bows of Sinar Mas, the Forests for Climate ship tour draws to a close. Since it began in Papua New Guinea back in August, we’ve been able to see the awe-inspiring forests that still exist in this part of the world, and the fate that awaits them if we allow companies like Sinar Mas, Wilmar and others to run rampant or politicians to take the easy road of inaction. But the solutions are at hand – a moratorium on deforestation in the short term, and an international funding agreement for forest protection for the long term.
The ship tour may be over but our campaign continues. I’m returning to the UK to do my bit from there, but it’s an international effort with work going on in China, the Netherlands, the US and, of course, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. If you want to join in, go to the website of your local Greenpeace office and register for their email updates. The more support we have, the quicker we’ll reach our goal of zero deforestation, not just in south-east Asia but across the world.
By the way, comments are still pouring in to the Jakarta Post’s opinion poll, so it looks like you can still add yours.
Zero deforestation – let’s make it happen.
After giving the Isola Corallo a farewell paint-job, we’ve finally taken our leave of Dumai. We did everything we set out to do (and perhaps a bit more), and we’ve reminded people both nationally and internationally about the problems associated with palm oil production in Indonesia. And as I mentioned in my last post, palm oil giant Sinar Mas has been rattled by our actions and, even though Greenpeace campaigners are now due to meet with their representatives next week in Bali, we’re not going to stop exposing the wanton destruction at their hands (and the hands of other companies) of the forests and peatlands here.
This afternoon, we arrived in Singapore which is to be our final destination. This expedition is winding up but don’t go anywhere just yet – we have one last task to perform but you’ll have to wait for Monday to find out what that is.
In the meantime, remember that poll the Jakarta Post was running about whether our actions were justified? They’ve published some of the response on their website and apart from one or two negative comments, everyone thinks we did the right thing. Thank you very much if you emailed or texted in – you can go one better and write to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, demanding an immediate end to deforestation in his country.
The Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s main English-language newspaper, is asking for readers’ opinions on our recent activities in Dumai:
Greenpeace has blocked several palm oil shipments, preventing them from leaving Indonesia, and has called for an end to forest clearing for palm oil plantations. What do you think? Send your opinions by SMS to +62 81118 72772 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and city.
Meanwhile, enjoy this quick video of clips from the past couple of days. It was made to send round TV networks and media outlets, but you can still get an idea of what it was like to be there.
posted by Jamie on board the Esperanza