I see everyone talking about RSPO, but does anyone live in Indonesia or Malaysia? As a person who lives a very "green" life, I must admit that some things are a bit harder to change. I helped some of the first people switch to photovoltaics, I'm an advocate for organic farming over GM foods, and I am currently educating plantation owners how to give life back to their soil that they're poisoning with NPK products.
But when it comes to CPO, we're talking about providing food for the entire world. Can poor people handle the increase in price because RSPO oil costs more? Also, there isn't enough oil to be supplied, only approximately 35 percent of the oil being supplied is what is needed. Even though I used to work with organizations like Greenpeace, this is an area where I don't agree with RSPO. It isn't a viable solution, and although I would love to save the animals, how do we feed the people?
The United States has done everything to take farming from Americans to build roads, shopping malls, housing complexes and whatever else. I don't see people taking a stand there, and I don't see anyone except the farmers trying to do something with agriculture in the US. Everyone who can afford it will do yoga, meditate, and shop at the farmer's market.
As Americans, we exploit anything we can for a buck, and complain about what's going on in other countries, even though we don't fight for the wrongs being committed in the cities we live in. Has anyone thought about the people traveling from poorer countries to Malaysia for employment? They work here for years at a time to save enough money to provide for their families, and only get to see them for two weeks or a month every one or two years. Mothers are working to provide for children, but having to live across oceans from them, with nothing but an occasional phone call.
We live a privileged life, growing up in developed countries, and it has privileges, and we should accept responsibility and help those we can. There are plenty of causes. Choose one, but look at the whole situation and see if what you want is actually viable. Is anyone trying to stop thousands being killed and murdered in Palestine? How is it we can pick up a cause for trees and animals, but not for people? No matter where we're from, or what religion we follow, in the end we're all human beings.