Blogger with a cause

#246: If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?

That’s a tricky one! My first thought was that I’d throw myself into stopping the use and production of Palm Oil, and help conservation efforts protect endangered primates, such as orangutans, chimps and gorillas. For anyone who hasn’t been following my blog, this is something I’m fairly passionate about as I think primates are absolutely fascinating, but unfortunately the awareness of Palm Oil is still rather low. When you really look into it, it’s terrifying to see how many products contain this killer oil. To make everyone’s life easier however, the Rainforest Foundation have kindly put a database together, clearly indicating which products we should be avoiding! What are you waiting for… it couldn’t be easier!

However, the more I think about it, if all of my responsibilities were taken care of I’d put all my efforts into stopping terrorist organisations such as ISIS from killing more innocent people and journalists, finding the hundreds of school girls Boko Haram kidnapped five months ago and just putting a stop to extremists in general. How many more people need to be killed before these groups realise – war achieves nothing and never will. 

Charitable

#103: You’ve inherited £5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organisations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?

This is a tough one as there are so many organisations I would like to help. However, in no particular order of importance or preference, I would give equal amounts of £1 million each to the following charities:

* Help for Heroes: this charity speaks for itself and I believe we, as a country, will never be able to thank them enough for the tremendous bravery and courage they have shown.

* Sense: this is a charity who help and support individuals with deafblindness and their families, in order for them to have as much independence as possible. I don’t think anyone could even begin to comprehend how terrifying and confusing it must be, not being able to see or hear a thing.

* Cancer Research: this will always be a charity close to my heart and until we find a cure, I will never stop donating and raising money to help find it quicker. Who doesn’t want to invest in the futures of their loved ones?! 

* The Rainforest Foundation UK: I know I harp on about Palm Oil usage quite often, but it really is a very serious problem. Companies are building these plantations at the expense of our rainforest, destroying both habitats and all the beautiful creatures which live there. Shockingly, 7 million acres of rainforest has already been destroyed for these disgusting plantations and it doesn’t appear to be slowing. It only costs £25 to protect one acre of land… so why not give up that morning coffee for a few weeks and donate the money saved to protect and again, invest in the future of this planet!

* Shelter: I find it very upsetting when I see people sleeping rough around London, especially when all I can give them is a meal – I can’t even imagine how terrifying it must be. We’re all human beings who have the right to live, so why should some have to suffer out in the cold, when others live above their means in huge mansions?! We need to do more to protect these vulnerable people. 

 

Do you hear the people sing?…

#72: (Silver screen) Take a quote from your favourite movie — there’s the title of your post. Now, write!

…Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!

Ok, technically not a quote but Les Miserables is a film that’s sung, so I couldn’t really help that. I chose this quote in particular, as not only do I love singing, I also love the powerful message in it, which is the unity among the masses when standing up for what’s right instead of bowing down and conforming! It’s a shame that it doesn’t happen more often as I can think of quite a few causes that would benefit from a strong, united front… the fight against the widely used Palm Oil which kills many Orangutans in it’s production process, the scary truth and the planets concerning future if we don’t do anything about the retreating glaciers (please spend a minor 90 seconds to watch this incredibly moving and inspiring video created by a very passionate and dedicated individual) and of course, the preservation of all of the incredible species on this planet, regardless of how big or small they are – they all deserve their place here!

 

Think global, act local

#33: “Think global, act local”. Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.

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After some thought, I realised that the answer to todays post has been a part of my life for quite some time now. Ever since I discovered my passion and love for all primates, I have been trying to do my bit to save the above enchanting species … the Orangutan!

Orangutans have seen a rapid decline since the introduction of palm oil plantations, mainly within Indonesia, due to the destruction of their natural habitats. Mothers and their babies will often return to where there once was dense forest, to find themselves “trespassing” on a palm oil plantation and prone to being killed by the plantation owners. Being in such an open space has also made it easier for hunters and traders, which has resulted in the mothers being killed and the babies, sometimes only weeks old, being taken alive for the illegal pet trade. Below is a palm oil plantation. The acres you can see all used to be dense forests, home to thousands of different species, including these gentle orange giants. It is believed that 300 football fields worth of forest is cleared each hour, so that more plantations can be built.

'New Britain Oil Palm Limited' palm plantation, near Kimbe, West New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, Wednesday 24th September 2008.

For those of you who don’t know what palm oil is, it is a substance extracted from the fruit of the oil palm tree and is used in an unthinkable amount of products that everyone uses on a day-to-day basis across the globe. To put things into perspective, it is the second most widely produced consumable oil. Products in which palm oil has been found in include food (bread, biscuits, crisps, chocolate and batter mix’s) as the oil gives the product a longer shelf life, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, various cosmetics, and most recently, biodiesel.

So please, spare a few minutes to check your product labels and please seek better, palm oil free alternatives. If it lists any of the following ingredients, then it contains palm oil and subsequently you are unfortunately and unknowingly contributing to the demand of palm oil production: Palm oil kernel, “Palmitate” or “Palmate”, Elaeis gunieensis, Hydrated Palm Gylcerides Hexadecanoic or Palmitic Acid. Unfortunately, there are lots of other names for this, which are no doubt ways in which the producer is trying to con us into believing they support the protection of endangered species, which can be found here.

By making this one small change, you are taking a stand against the destruction of our beautiful planet and the wonderful species that live on it.

Please start by signing this petition. I was the 7,507th person to sign it, but it needs a lot more. It takes 5 seconds to do – it is most definitely 5 seconds well spent!

First ranting blog, officially over. Promise.

Images – Orangutan: theguardian.com. Palm Oil plantation: blogspot.