If you haven’t seen the BBC series Planet Earth, I highly suggest it. Not only is the photography incredible but the opportunity to see places and animals that have hardly been seen by humans is a gift.
I was especially moved by the final disc, number five, that summed up the entire presentation. The one part in particular that moved me was titled ‘Working Together’. This addressed the impact of humans on our planet and looked in particular at issues that have resulted with our increased population and use of natural goods. The one particular issue that has stuck with me was our use of palm oil and its’ impact on the tropical rain forest ecosystems around the world. With the increase of palm oil in so many products, the natural forests are being torn down and replaced with the palm plant. Thousands and thousands of acres!
The result of this is a tremendous loss of biodiversity and the potential to have even more animals and insects become extinct. Palm production is huge and continuing to grow as our demands have increased. An amazing amount of products contain palm oil without our awareness. This is a shame!
In so much as we all feel we have little power to make changes in the health of our environment, I beg to differ. We have the power of the almighty dollar. We can choose to spend it on products that are not only healthy for our bodies but for the environment. I am therefore suggesting you take this problem into your own hands by reading the ingredients on common foods and only purchase those that certify that the palm oil used is from a positive source.
Become educated. Learn more about agencies such as IMO that focus on sustainability, eco-friendly producst, organic agriculture and more.