Sunday, June 10, 2007

A public service announcement from Greenpeace

It is perverse irony that, in our desire to find an environmentally-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, humans are causing catastrophic damage to the environment of one of closest relatives, the orangutan. The harvesting of palm oil, a potentially useful ingredient in biofuels, is a leading cause of devastation of Indonesian rainforests, areas on which orangutans rely for survival. The following clip from Greenpeace is--let's be honest--somewhat melodramatic, but it gets an important message across, and I think it's worth spreading around:



There is a right way and a wrong way to go about fixing problems like global climate change. If we do not choose our future energy sources carefully, our actions may result in the unintentional destruction of many Indonesian rainforest species, including orangutans.

5 comments:

Catherine said...

Production of ethynol is also causing a lot of problems, as it is made from corn, which is the staple in most South American diets. Now that corn is at a premium for making gasoline, the price of corn has been driven up in these areas so that many can no longer afford food.

Food for everyone or cheap gas for Americans?

Hmmm....

Dave said...

I've heard a little about that, but not much. Many problems, I guess, just don't have easy solutions.

Speaking of cheap gas, what kind of mpg does your new car get?

colinF said...

The harsh realty is: here we go for the "quick fixes" again! Mankind never really learns at all - we keep repeating the same mistakes again and again! We have to commit to spreading the word via this vehicle - it is the only hope. With such moronic leaders in the World both in politics and in industry who could expect enlightened directions!

colinF said...

The harsh realty is: here we go for the "quick fixes" again! Mankind never really learns at all - we keep repeating the same mistakes again and again! We have to commit to spreading the word via this vehicle - it is the only hope. With such moronic leaders in the World both in politics and in industry who could expect enlightened directions!

Bob Greenie said...

The harsh realty is: here we go for the "quick fixes" again! Mankind never really learns at all - we keep repeating the same mistakes again and again! We have to commit to spreading the word via this vehicle - it is the only hope. With such moronic leaders in the World both in politics and in industry who could expect enlightened directions!