Target: Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Goal: Prevent the construction of a coal road through endangered species habitat
A proposed coal road cutting through Harapan Rainforest, home to critically endangered species like the Asian elephant, Sumatrian rhinoceros, and Sumatran tiger, threatens vital habitat. The rainforest was established as a restoration project in an area devastated by logging, but now the Indonesian government is considering allowing a coal company to construct a new road through this critical habitat. Two alternative roads already exist in the area that do not require the disruption of the rainforest or the animals and birds who call it home. This rainforest represents 20 percent of Sumatra’s remaining lowland forest, and the road would affect over 30 miles of an area that is only recently recovering.
There are a number of endangered species that call this area home, including the Asian elephant, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Sumatran tiger. The Asian elephant, slightly smaller than its cousin the African elephant, has already faced devastating threats from hunters and poachers who kill them for their ivory tusks. Deforestation is also a major threat to the survival of this species. Another large mammal, the Sumatran rhinoceros, is one of only five species of rhinos still alive in the world today, and best estimates indicate that there are fewer than 100 of this species left in the wild. Sumatran tigers are also fighting to survive amidst deforestation and poaching in order to sell their body parts; fewer than 1,000 are alive in the wild.
By signing the petition below, you will be urging the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, to stop construction of the coal road and protect the crucial habitat of several critical endangered species.
Dear President Joko Widodo,
Your government has previously taken a stand to protect the lowland forest, but a proposed coal road threatens to undo this important progress. The Sumatra’s Harapan Rainforest must be preserved. This area is imperative to the recovery of Indonesian rainforests and a vital habitat to many endangered species. Take a stand to preserve this area from further destruction.
These areas are some of the most critical, and a new road will increase the chance of illegal logging practices and other damage by humans. The Harapan Rainforest is vital to the continued survival of numerous species of plants and animals, and must be protected from further destruction.
The coal company PT REKI, a subsidiary of PT Atlas Resources Tbk, can use two other roads that already exist in this area for transporting coal. Building a new road would destroy habitat for animals like the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhinoceros, and Asian elephant for no reason. The rainforest, and the animals who call it home, need your protection.
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