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.