Shadows of the Oil Palm: Sumatra and the Money Tree
More than half of the natural rainforest of Indonesia's western island of Sumatra has been destroyed for palm oil production since 1990. In February 2017 I traveled to North Sumatra to get a closer look at how the West African Oil Palm and it's byproduct of palm oil has affected the landscape, people, and wildlife in the region. Human rights violations, deforestation and plantation waste water heavily contributing to global warming, increased poaching, and various species becoming critically endangered, some near extinction, are caused by the direct and negative impact of palm oil production in Indonesia.
Action must take place before more or all is lost. What can be done? What is being done? How can we help? This small collection of images covers the myriad of problems Sumatra faces as well as what local NGOs are doing to help turn the tide. Visit my Sumatra Campaign to learn more, and check out the News page for updates on upcoming fundraiser presentations I hold in the Chicagoland area where I share more of my photographs and stories from Sumatra as a platform to spread awareness and raise funds for the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary.