Greenpeace just announced a big win in its anti-palm oil campaign: just five days after launching a campaign to pressure food and cosmetics giant Unilever to stop purchasing palm oil from rainforest destroyers, Unilever met Greenpeace halfway. Apparently nervous about the prospect of orangutan-suited activists continuing to scale their corporate headquarters (see picture), the company agreed to support a legal moratorium on rainforest destruction. Given that Unilever uses five percent of the world’s palm oil and chairs the so-called Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, that’s big news!

GreenPeace orangutan

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Greenpeace recently released this report about Unilever’s link to the frightening level of rainforest destruction in Indonesia, which not only destroys orangutan and other wildlife habitat but has also earned Indonesia its status as the world’s third biggest greenhouse gas polluter.

And check out this video, which just about sums it all up:

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