What happened at Rio+20?

We, the heads of State and Government and high level representatives, having met at Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20-22 June 2012, with full participation of civil society, renew our
commitment to sustainable development, and to ensure the promotion of economically,
socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future
generations.

These are the opening words to “The Future We Want,” the document which is the product of dozens of lead-up meetings and finally the ultimate conference in Rio de Janeiro this past weekend (June 20-22). There are a few key words in the above paragraph which generally sum up the rest of the document’s ‘resolutions.’

Renew
The phrasing here, “we renew our commitment to sustainable develoment,” is kind of a contradiction of terms. If at Rio 1992, commitments were made that have not been met or accomplished, how does renewing those commitments make any difference? The verb sets a very passive, complacent tone that resonates through the rest of the document. The document goes on to renew the UN’s commitment to the environment, the poor, and five other pages of renewed commitments, NONE of which reference any direct action or plan of HOW they plan to actually commit to those issues.

Ensure
Here’s the next ‘action’ word of the document. “We ensure the promotion of a sustainable future.” So, instead of actually ensuring a sustainable future, the document has already excused itself from any potential failure by only promising the promotion of said future. So, I guess we can expect more ‘renewed commitments’ coming down the line at the next Earth Summit.

The document never gets a plan off the ground for how to deal with the issues it acknowledges, (though it occasionally points to Agenda 21 or some other 20 year old documents that haven’t been effective). Even the section on climate change is vastly inconsequential, with only three meager points being made that 1.) The issue exists, 2.) Money needs to be raised to deal with it, and 3.) Governments should stick to their previous commitments in solving the issue.

Wait, what was the point of having this conference then? Why bring world leaders, experts, and thousands of members of civil society together for a massive summit only to agree that the issues you came to talk about exist, and to leave with a mission to “carry on as before”? Reading this document is like seeing a movie that had so much potential to be great and just misses it at every opportunity. But this isn’t a movie; this is the framework that governments will act on (er, not act on, rather) in dealing with these issues until the next Earth Summit.

I don’t have the solutions to the issues that plague our world – and I don’t expect them to come from any one individual – but it’s a sore disappointment that issues we know to be detrimental to people, animals, and the earth, cannot be turned towards a more positive path. It baffles me how leaders can gather, talk about these issues, and fail to make any concrete plans for their respective constituencies.


Over 100 members of civil society walked out of the conference center, upset at the failed process.

I am not alone in being frustrated with this outcome. The Major Group for Children and Youth were very active in Youth Blast and the lead-up events to the conference, and they had to say:

Where was our voice, the voice of our children and grandchildren in this? How can you listen to them in the future if you did not show the will to create the space now.

We have one planet. Our being, our thinking, and our action should not be constrained by national boundaries but by planetary ones. You failed to liberate yourself from national and corporate self-interest and recognise our need to respect a greater more transcendental set of boundaries.

We came here to celebrate our generation. We have danced, and dreamed, and cried on the streets of Rio and found something to believe in. You have chosen not to celebrate with us.

George Monbiot (of The Guardian) adds,

Was it too much to have asked of the world’s governments, which performed such miracles in developing stealth bombers and drone warfare, global markets and trillion-dollar bailouts, that they might spend a tenth of the energy and resources they devoted to these projects on defending our living planet? It seems, sadly, that it was.

It would seem our relationship with the world we live on is not as important as our relationship with the artificial life of consumption that we have created for ourselves. So it will be up to individuals to make the difference on our own accord, and we can only hope that enough of the world are Planeteers.

Read the “Future We Want” document for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Future We Want

Rio+20 is nearing the end with a draft outcome document called ‘The Future We Want’. This document has, however, been openly rejected by the civil society in its current form.

There’s still hope though, and we asked a few of the hundreds of young people present at the Rio+20 Summit about their idea of the future that they actually want.

A collaboration between Karuna Rana, Sam Bowstead and Lachie McKenzie from Speak Your Mind, who are excited to be working with the Planeteer Movement! You can see more of our content here.

 

Planeteer Profile #1: Annie, Australia

As the Rio Earth Summit continues, we caught up with a Planeteer who is hoping to make a real difference in the world with her life – 20 year old Sydney Planeteer, Annie Post.

She is currently studying Marine Biology, hoping to work in Marine Conservation in the future and was recently a finalist (along with Ghana planeteer Timothy) in the Date With History Contest, where young people all over the world were given the opportunity to speak their mind on issues affecting the world and win the chance for a Date With History, speaking to world leaders at the Rio Earth Summit…

If Annie was a Planeteer, she says she’d want the Water ring!

YOU WERE RECENTLY A FINALIST AT THE RIO +20 ‘DATE WITH HISTORY’ CONTEST. TELL US ABOUT THE COMPETITION?

The competition was to allow the winner to travel to the Rio +20 summit and present a speech on behalf of the global youth population to the leaders of the world. In order to participate, entrants were required to submit a brief, 3 minute video of what they would say to the leaders of our world. Brittany from New Zealand was the winner, and she spoke with amazing passion, and real enthusiasm, and it will be exciting to see how the leaders respond from this summit!

IF YOU COULD SAY JUST ONE THING TO THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD TODAY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I think I would ask them to consider the bigger picture; to remember that at the end of the day, what affects one part of the world, will affect all of the world. Political boundaries are something we created, and natural disasters do no distinguish between political borders. At the end of the day, we are one population, and we need to start behaving like one population. One of the finalists in the competition put it brilliantly; that before we are citizens of countries, we are citizens of the world. And it is so true! At the end of the day, we are in this together! The world leaders need to realise this and act on it, and act on it now. We cannot wait any longer, for more talking, we need to start making a change.

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE PLANETEER MOVEMENT?

To be a part of something bigger than myself. Captain Planet was something that inspired a generation to believe in the power of one, the ability to make change, and to create and conserve – to work together for a bigger purpose in life. Another reason was to be around likeminded people – it helps to keep you motivated, to keep you inspired and pushing for a better world!! And it helps you keep positive, to remain focused on the task at hand; to inspire change, for a better future!

So join up to your local Planeteer network, or start your own if there isn’t one near you! You can find all the details on the site. You’ll find there are lots of people wanting to make a difference where you are just like Annie. Check out her great message to the world as she shares her vision and passion for the future!

Earth Summit 2012 Update: Get Involved!

Just got some news in from Barbara Pyle who is on the ground in Rio right now gearing up for the Earth Summit conference!

Here are some great tools you can utilize in the next two days.

First, today’s big push: The #EndFossilFuelSubsidies TwitterStorm. From Bill McKibben:

We know that world leaders aren’t likely to achieve a comprehensive climate breakthrough in Rio — we aren’t expecting new binding rules that would slow the carbon emissions that are heating up our planet. But our governments could at least stop sending nearly a trillion dollars a year to the fossil fuel industry. If they did, it would help weaken the coal and oil and gas tycoons, and give renewable energy a fighting chance.

Ending fossil fuel subsidies would also stop wasting our money. Why on earth should taxpayers subsidize the richest industry on earth? It’s bad enough they wreck the planet, without us paying them a performance bonus for doing it.

So here’s the plan: we’re going to kick up a Twitter Storm. We need you to help create this storm by sending a message with the hashtag #EndFossilFuelSubsidies. We’ll be beaming your messages on famous landmarks in cities around the world, and a young team of climate activists will be on the ground in Rio to make sure world leaders hear us loud and clear.

Now is the time to support this! If we can make this tag a trending topic, it will send a message to world leaders as well as raise awareness among Internet users. The tag is already getting a good bit of attention:


Tomorrow, tune in for the Rio+Social Live Stream on Youtube, “a global conversation about sustainability, and how music, gaming, and social media can change the world for the better.” Highlights include a panel and live performances from Linkin Park. (Tuesday, June 19 from 8AM-6PM).

Tune in on Youtube or catch the embed below:

Youth Blast at Rio 2012

Cap with Youth Blast Planeteers

Youth Blast 2012 has just wrapped up – and youth representatives from around the world have solidified their positions on sustainable development for the coming Earth Summit conferences!  While I’m not personally fortunate enough to be in Rio myself right now, I’ve been tracking down the latest and greatest info so you can get connected with the folks on the ground in Rio!

First, a bit about what Youth Blast is – from lathamsa at Global Conversations:

One very exciting part of the RIO+20 experience is the Conference of Youth for RIO+20 (also called the YOUTH BLAST) that started June 7 and goes until June 12. June 7-8 was for Brazilian youth only, and June 10-12 is for international youth. The goal of the international section of Youth Blast is “strategizing young people’s engagement with the remaining segments of the preparatory process and the conference itself. It will have capacity building workshops, introductions to policy and consultations on existing lobby points…This is an event organized, run and held by young people for young people.”

Here’s a personal experience from SustainUS’s Hannah Freedman:

Five women, seated on the floor, leaned closer to hear. Though we had come to Rio+20 from different continents, our understanding and empathy grew as we realized how similar our issues are. A cooperative founded by village women distributed unique Moroccan oil and ensured that the profits remained in the community. The South African woman immediately piped up, sharing a situation in Mozambique that could benefit from a similar design. Business cards were exchanged, and I realized the same communication has been replicated thousands of times during these two days of Youth Blast.

You can read the rest of her blog on SustainUS’s website.  Other notables (whether on the ground in Rio or remotely reporting) to follow include:

Even Captain Planet got in on the action, appearing (and apparently being a huge hit) with the group of youth!  Seeing the reactions to worldwide youth and how the series inspired them is a great motivator for the Planeteer Movement.

And finally, we’ll leave you with a message captured from Captain Planet co-creator Barbara Pyle at Youth Blast 2012:

The Power Is Yours!  Check out Youth Blast’s website for even more info and updates!

Rio+20 “Date With History” Announces a Winner

The United Nations’ Rio+20 Earth Summit has nearly arrived – an event that will determine the course of our world for years to come! In searching to find a youth representative, the Date With History contest encouraged young people worldwide to post a video message that they wanted to convey to the United Nations – with one winner to appear and make their speech at the summit in Rio de Janiero.

The contest has come to a close – and representing youth worldwide will be Brittany of New Zealand – who brings a message that the extraneous talking and sitting has gone on long enough; and that now is the time to put solutions into practice rather than theory.

Brittany is not alone in wanting change. Date With History inspired dozens of youth to submit their messages – Many of them Planeteers, including Timothy of the Ghana Planeteers and Annie of the Sydney Planeteers! Check out the following video for a compilation of all of the finalists’ videos:

In his blog over at Switchboard, Michael Davidson says, “the next generation – the Millenials, twenty-somethings… – is tired of sitting on the sidelines.” Michael was a jury on the contest and has been involved with the youth processes for the upcoming Rio. You can read his thoughts on the Date With History contest, its winner, and the pending Earth Summit at his blog.

And here’s one more, from the Ghana Planeteers’ very own Timothy Karikari:

We’re Almost to 500,000!

Only 1,000 fans to go to reach 500,000 fans of Captain Planet on Facebook.  That’s incredible!  You, the fans of Captain Planet, have made so much possible through your dedication!  Without the fans, there’d be no Planeteer Movement!

To celebrate the milestone, the Planeteer Movement held simultaneous pizza parties in multiple global locations this past weekend.  The always-astonishing Ghana Planeteers joined in early for a Friday event, and Barbara Pyle and I traveled to California to meet with the Los Angeles Planeteers.

The only litter we like is alliteration.

Central to the event was a Twitter Party that I was lucky enough to be able to moderate.  I had hosted the Twitter party during the DVD launch party a year ago, and jumped at the chance to get to do it again.  We gave out tons of cool prizes as rewards for trivia winners, and I got to interact with hundreds of Planeteers online who posted thousands of messages during the hour.  It was really cool to see so many Planeteer Networks chime in from their official Twitter accounts, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation joined in with us as well!

We held the event at Bruno’s in Santa Monica, right next to the Loew’s Hotel where many a working session for Captain Planet took place back in the ’90s.  And organizing the whole thing was Alison Hill of CurrentPR, who I have to say did a fantastic job!

Before the party, Ed Begley, Jr. stopped by to take a little bike ride with Cap.  Soon afterwards, the Planeteer Project showed up, followed by Kath Soucie, who voiced Linka on the series!  Efren Ramirez, who played Ma-Ti in the recent Don Cheadle spoof, showed up and was very enthusiastic about how he watched the show growing up, and that we are all responsible for taking care of the planet.

From left to right: Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite), Kath Soucie (Captain Planet and the Planeteers) and Captain Planet himself demonstrated that “The Power is Yours!” to save the environment during an event for the Planeteer Movement in Santa Monica.

Since we’re so close to 500,000 on Facebook, Barbara Pyle announced that she will be giving away a prize pack from her personal collection of Captain Planet goodies.  The person to be the 500,000th Planeteer on Facebook will win big!  But we’re not planning to stop at 500,000.  There are millions of Planeteers out there yet to be connected through the Planeteer Movement – so encourage your friends to join, and start a Network in your area to meet people with similar passions!

Going to California and meeting the LA Planeteers and the stars from the show was a huge source of inspiration.  I can’t wait ’til we hit one million to do it all over again – and thank you so much to everyone who made this event happen!

We’ll have more great pictures from the event once we hit the 500K mark.  You can read the official press release for the event here, and there’s a great interview with Barbara from after the event here..  Please share!  The Power Is Yours!

Project: Sustainable BirdHouse Designed w/ Google SketchUp & Built for Architecture for Humanity Atlanta BirdHouseSocial Charity Auction on 8.20.11

Purpose: To Design and Build a BirdHouse for the 3rd Annual BirdHouse Social (8.20.11) silent auction with Architecture for Humanity Atlanta Chapter, in order to raise funds for AFHA projects while showing support and commitment to humanitarian design in Atlanta and beyond.
Process:
SCOUT MATERIALS
 

Find Materials.
One of my personal design challenges of this project was to find and use 100% ReClaimed Materials.  There is a never ending stream of items, labeled as garbage or waste that are constantly gathered and taken to the landfill.  One aim of this project was to find the materials that are still usable, and recycle them back into the construction “material stream”, and divert their trip to the Landfill.
This was a tough challenge.  As I found out.  I looked for the right salvaged materials for weeks and weeks. I wanted some solid wood furniture that wasn’t stained on both sides.  I found some old solid wood cabinets near the dumpster,grabbed them up, and put them in my truck.
I continued to look for discarded and reclaimed items.  I found a small bed frame, and disassembled the hardware connections and brackets for use on my Sustainable BirdHouse.  I also went to Goodwill, and purchased some reclaimed porcelain butter dishes to use as the rainwater catchment birdbath.
DESIGN PHASE
Challenge + Concept = Design Solution
  
Challenge 1.  Build from Reclaimed Materials.
     Solution: Use ReClaimed Cabinets to make up the Nesting-Box, a Microwave outer casing composes the Roof,  
     Hardware from  an old Bed Frame holds everything together.  Birdbath Dish is salvaged from thrift shop.
Challenge 2.  Create a Functional, Useful, Purpose Driven Design.
     Solution:  Make an ideal Nesting Box size, with Hinge Door for easy cleanout, and Luxury BirdBath on side.
Challenge 3.  Create a Safe / Non-Toxic Habitat.
     Solution:  Use the Non-Stained/Painted raw wood surfaces on Interior.  Do Not use any extra stains or adhesives.
Challenge 4.  Create something Aesthetically Crafted.
     Solution:  Find inspiration by the wisdom & stealth of the Owl.
Challenge 5. Create a  Sustainable Design.
     Solution:  Implement a RainWater Catchment BirdBath, Solar Passive Roof Heating, 
     made of Biodegradable Materials.
Challenge 6.  Abide by Designed-for-Disassembly (DFD) principles.
     Solution:  Follow Designed to be disassembled general guidelines; attach with mechanical fasteners only,
     no glue or adhesives,  and use only a raw material palette that can safely be Upcycled for future use, or,
     at the end of the materials useful lifespan,  
     because  it is bio-degrade the material is able to safely return to the (soils of the) earth.
 . 

Concept:  

“Owl Creation” Designer Birdhouse for the “Architecture for Humanity Atlanta Chapter” Birdhouse Social 2011 at StudioPlex.
Designer: Andrew Telker of TelkerDesign
Theme: RainWaterCatchment / ReClaimed Materials / Design-for-Disassembly
Client:  Eastern Screech Owl
Size:   9.5” x 9.5” x 1’-8”
Once I have a solid concept sketch, and I know what materials I am working with, I immediately go into Google SketchUp and begin the conceptualization process  by drafting out the parts and possible configurations in 3D.  I work with the precision accuracy of the computer to see exactly how things will go together, down to the nuts and bolts.  I find it very useful to work out problems in digital land before beginning construction.  Sometimes, when I get stuck on an idea, style, or engineering feature, it helps that I take a break, and come back at the project with a renewed perspective and fresh attitude.  You can see from the image (left) that the design process is an evolution process, and each decision leads to the final outcome. 

Notice, there are about 20 model changes or evolutionary design decisions that led to a more refined concept.  Working everything out in 3D, allowed me to maximize material efficiency, and create a project that is more sophisticated than 2D Plans would have allowed.

 

Design Solution:

ABOVE, Check-Out the 3D Digital Model composed with Google SketchUp software of the Sustainable BirdHouse.  You can click on the image above and rotate 360 degrees around the model, and you can also visit the Google 3D WareHouse and Download the Model as a 3D SketchUp File — cool stuff!

If you remember, one of the goals/challenges of the project is to embrace the  D.F.D. principals, so special care was taken in the design to avoid using chemicals, stains, or adhesives that were not already introduced in the previous materials-lifespan.  The structural panels and accessories are attached with mechanical connections, and the completed unit is easily assembled and disassembled.


On the left is an exploded diagram of the Sustainable BirdHouse, each part was modeled and fitted in 3D for conflict resolution and to provide detailed construction plans.  Finite details were added, notice how the interior is purposely an untreated/unstained raw wood (non-toxic) surface.  Like a tailored suit, each piece was measured, well thought, and intended to make a thoughtful and well crafted product.  FYI – Dimensioned Detailed Plans available, email: andrew@telkerdesign.com 

*This Project was also Featured in the August 2011 Issue of SketchUp-Ur-Space SketchUp Magazine*

Once the project was designed with Google SketchUp 3D Digital Modeling software, I added some lighting/material effects with VRAY render and took a photo of a nearby tree, and then compiled the layers with Adobe Photoshop for this Conceptual Digital Visualization of an Eastern Screech Owl flying into his new home, with young family waiting his arrival.  Yes, [Healthy Smart Sustainable] Design and Visualization is what I do BEST!

BUILD PHASE:

Disassemble ReClaimed / Salvaged Materials

DeConstruct Cabinets, Microwave, & Bed Frame

There was a lot of work to be done in preparing the salvaged items for ReUse.  I worked on disassembling the Cabinets first.  The Cabinets were made of solid wood construction, so they were perfect candidates for ReUse!  Here (in the photo to the right) I am stripping off the Plywood on the back-side, and then I continue to pry apart the frame with a hammer and pry-bar.


ReUsing salvaged items is an extremely important theme in this project.  I tried to minimize waste, and maximize material efficiency and usage.  It was a tough challenge to work with ReClaimed Items, because I never knew what I would or wouldn’t find.  The materials I did find were limited, so I was very careful to disassemble them without causing damage. 

I have posted 3 videos.  In the first video, I am further disassembling the Cabinets.  Notice how I pry off the 2″  oak frame that is nailed to the face.  Removing this allows the rest of the frame to be easily taken apart.  Watching this video, you get a REAL sense of how quickly these things can come apart. As this video plays, you can hear me discuss the Overall Design / Build process, and I also narrate as I continue to work.  By the end of this video, you will see a pile of 1″x12″ boards that have been ReClaimed from the Salvaged Cabinets and are almost ready to use on a Sustainable BirdHouse.

  
In the Second Video (middle), I am using a Table-Saw to mill the cabinets boards into useful planks for the Sustainable BirdHouse.

In the Third Video (bottom), I cut the outer steel casing off of a microwave (salvaged) with the intended purpose of using it as the roof.

 

After I had cut the outer steel casing off the microwave, I took a small hammer and block of wood and beat the sheet metal somewhat flat.  The steel microwave casing was perfect for the roof.  Once the sheet metal was prepared, I took it to Dixie Duct & Fabrication in Roswell Georgia, where Mike the shop foreman bent the metal from the microwave to a 166 degree angle (180-14).  He put a nice clean professional bend in the metal, and it looked great.  It was the architectural touch the Sustainable BirdHouse needed.

When I got back home from my visit to Dixie Duct, I continued where I left off.  I proceed to mill the pieces to the Design specifications that I laid out with Google SketchUp.  Everything went together so much easier with 3D BluePrints.  Creating a 3D Digital Model of the project before even starting fabrication helped me avoid making any vital mistakes with my limited resources.






I used the table saw to mill planks.  Then I measured for the entry hole and used a scroll saw to cut the planks as marked.  Then, I drilled holes in the planks, and fit them with a socket set screw, which is put in place with a ratchet, and then the screw is then tightened or loosened into the threaded connection with a hex key.
I salvaged the socket set screw from a bed frame, and was lucky enough to find 8, in order to connect the Sustainable BirdHouse for easy assemble / disassemble purposes (& D.F.D.)  It was a neat design, and I was extremely excited that it worked perfectly.   
 
When it was ALL cut, screwed, assembled, and adjusted — I was extremely happy, and now ready for the BirdHouse Social.
 
The Sustainable BirdHouse is a project that showcases my design beliefs and passion for healthy design on every level, and I was thrilled to be able to participate with AFHA while creating a safe home for one of Mother Natures’ creatures: the Eastern Screech Owl.

From the Images on to the right, you can see the attention to detail on the finished Sustainable BirdHouse.

Notice the Hinge Door (for easy cleanout) on the left side of the nesting-box, and the ReClaimed porcelain Birdbath with RainWater Catchment rainchain on the right side.  This was a super-fun project!

 

 

BIRDHOUSE SOCIAL:

Charity Auction & Social Event

It’s true, hardwork does pay off!   We made it! BIG thanks to all the folks who contributed their time and to all our Sponsors who made the 3rd Annual BirdHouse Social on 8/20/11 an amazing success !!! 

On that afternoon, the “Owl Creation”, Designed and Built by Andrew Telker was auctioned off to help support the projects of the Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA] organization.
The BirdHouse Social is the signature fundraising event for Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA], that showcases creative birdhouse and bat box designs imagined by some of Atlanta’s most creative personalities. The outdoor courtyard at Studioplex played host to this magical evening combining music, interpretive bird dance and fanciful birdhouse displays.  Designing a birdhouse for auction, shows support and commitment to humanitarian design in Atlanta and beyond.  Visit: http://afhatlanta.org/blog /birdhouse-social/

Remember, you can READ this and other ECO-BLOGS at: http://andrewtelker.blogspot.com/2011/08/project-sustainable-birdhouse-designed.html

MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Power is Ours to make the Changes in the World we wish to see!

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Go PLANET !!!

 

 

 


 

 

Palm Oil: How it affects you and the world

Palm Oil is not a well-known ingredient for most people. However, it is an increasingly consumed ingredient in most food and even used in some cosmetic products. Palm Oil is becoming such a daily part of people’s diets that it has surpassed soy bean oil and is now the world’s most widely produced edible oil.

What is Palm Oil?

Palm Oil is cooking oil made from the fruit of the African oil palm. This palm tree is only found and grown in tropical environments; mainly consisting of areas with rainforests. “Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.”

Palm Oil a threat?

Palm Oil is a gigantic threat to the environment and you! Here’s how:

  • Palm Oil as an increasing threat to our rainforests because of illegal logging. Because this plant can only be grown in tropical environments, rainforests are cut down to make room for plantations. Once a plantation needs more room or has lost the nutrition in the soil, more forest is destroyed to make more plantations.
  • Illegal logging methods include the slash and burn method of clearing rainforest. This is the act of purposefully setting an uncontrolled fire to part of the forest. They do not take account the animals in that area of forest. The orangutan is one of the severely affected species by this. There are only predicted to be about 30,000 left in the wild and they are also only found in rainforest habitats. Orangutans are already on the endangered list like many other rainforest species. There are also many other undiscovered species we are losing due to this logging.

What can YOU do?

1)      READ THE LABEL! Reading the ingredients on a label is crucial to avoiding Palm Oil. If it says “Palm Oil” or “Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil” on the ingredients list chances are it is NOT from a sustainable or legal source.

2)      CHECK THE COMPANY! There is slowly but surely increasing number of companies joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or the RSPO. These companies DO NOT get  their Palm Oil from  an illegal or environment-damaging source like most do!

3)      WRITE TO THE COMPANY! Is your favorite company not in the RSPO yet? Write to them! If a company knows they are losing money over Palm Oil they are more likely to change their sources!

4)      SPREAD THE WORD!

TO HELP YOU BEGIN!!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, HERE’S A LIST!

 Make a Difference for Wild Orangutans

Orangutan Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Valentine Candy List

This information is meant to be a helpful guide for consumers that are concerned about orangutan conservation and deforestation due to non-sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia. The companies listed below are members of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) and are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil. Please support companies that are doing their best to make a difference for orangutans.

Company Name                           Snack Name

Nestle                                               Baby Ruth

Nestle                                               Butterfinger

Nestle                                               Crunch Bar

Nestle                                               100 Grand

Wonka (Nestle)                            Valentine Heart Sweetarts

Wonka (Nestle)                            Lik-M-Aid (Fun Dip)

Wonka (Nestle)                            Laffy Taffy Candy and Card Kit

Wonka (Nestle)                            Nerds Candy and Card Kit

Wonka (Nestle)                            Valentine Mix Ups (Bottlecaps, Nerds, Laffy Taffy)

Wonka (Nestle)                            Heart Gummies

Wonka (Nestle)                            Gobstoppers

Wonka (Nestle)                            Chocolate Hearts (Crunch & Butter Fingers)

Wonka (Nestle)                            Valentine Exchange (Butterfinger, Baby Ruth,Crunch)

Lindt and Spungli                       Lindor Truffles (Many Flavors)

Lindt and Spungli                       Chocolate Heart Boxes

ConAgra                                           Fiddle Faddle

ConAgra                                           Crunch & Munch

ConAgra                                           Poppy Cock

Kellogg’s                                           Heart Shaped Marshmallow Treats

Kellogg’s                                           Fruity Snacks

Kellogg’s                                           Pop Tarts

Kellogg’s                                           Famous Amos Cookies

Kellogg’s                                           Austin Peanut Butter Crackers

Kellogg’s                                           Austin Cheese Crackers

Kellogg’s                                           Keebler Brand Cookies

PepsiCo (Frito Lay)                      Cheetos

PepsiCo (Frito Lay)                      Doritos

PepsiCo                                             Grandma’s Cookies

Note: Any products made by Nestle, Lindt and Spungli, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo (Frito Lay), and ConAgra (even if not listed above) are good choices as they are all members of the RSPO.

Products made by companies such as Hershey’s, Brach’s, Russell Stover and Ghirardelli are not orangutan friendly choices as they are not members of the RSPO. If one of your favorite candy bars or sweets is produced by one of these companies, take action by writing a letter and asking them to join the RSPO and be committed to using certified sustainable palm oil.For a sample letter and more information on how you can Make a Difference for Wild Orangutans visit cmzoo.org/conservation/PalmOilCrisis.

Note: Mars has applied to be a member of the RSPO; they are currently waiting for approval. We applaud them for taking this step and look forward to adding them to this shopping guide as soon as they are approved.

 

MaryKate

http://akronplaneteers.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/palm-oil-how-it-affects-you-and-the-world/