Indonesia: Climate Destroyer Shut Down
Suspension for peat's sake!We have been working with local communities over the past month to highlight the central role that deforestation plays in driving global climate change. Our Climate Defenders took action in the area against APRIL on November 12. Since then, both the camp and the local communities have been under sustained intimidation by the authorities including threats, arrests and deportations. But last week the Indonesian government suspended APRIL from destroying the area further - pending a review of the company’s permits.
Indonesia is the world's third largest climate polluter after China and the US, mainly as a result of the ongoing destruction of its forests and their peat soils. Globally, a million hectares of forests are destroyed every month. That's an area the size of a football pitch every two seconds -- emitting so much CO2 that deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change, responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.