Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Indonesian activists fight for orangutans

Activists in Jakarta, Indonesia (dressed as injured orangutans, but hopefully that doesn’t have to be explained) protest to demand the Indonesian government take immediate action to save the animals from extinction. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo & Sumatra island face severe threats from habitat loss caused by deforestation for purposes of coal mining, palm oil plantations, oil & gas drilling.

The fortunes of Indonesia’s 12 billionaires, countless millionaires, & foreign investors are built on deforestation & plundering of resources so the oligarchs are unlikely to alter the profitable ventures causing not just extinction of orangutans but global warming & other environmental catastrophes such as regular massive flooding of the archipelago. The planet is held hostage to plunder until working people cut the Gordian knot.

(Photo by Tatan Syuflana/AP)

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