I have an extra blog entry for you this week because I have volunteered with Zoos Victoria to be a Don’t Palm Us Off community leader and the timing is critical. Please take action and spread the word, we must ensure this legislation passes. For more information on why palm oil is a problem read my post Palm Oil Free: The Hidden Benefit To Reducing Packaging.
You have a right to know whether the products you buy contain palm oil. You have the right to choose products that won’t push orang-utans to extinction. Yet in Australia, you don’t have this right. Now is the time to change that.
On November 25 sixteen Ministers from Australia and New Zealand will finally vote on Recommendation 12 of the Blewett Review for labelling palm oil. A vote in favour will mean palm oil can no longer be a hidden ingredient on the supermarket shelves, and that means you can choose whether or not to drive Orang-utans to extinction with your purchases.
For the legislation to pass the sixteen decision makers will need to know that people from all over Australia care about this issue – we urgently need people to speak up and ensure they vote ‘yes’ to palm oil labelling. It is up to every one of us to make sure that this issue does not fall silent in the lead up to voting day on November 25. Orang-utans are running out of time.
What to do
The week of November 14 – 18 is Orang-utan Caring Week and just so happens to be one week before the vote on labelling. Here are some simple ways you can help make a meaningful difference during the week.
Send a letter to the ministers
Visit zoo.org.au/palmoil to send a letter to the ministers demanding clear labelling of palm oil. Make it as personal as you can, as that will have a bigger impact.
Go ape turning Orange for Orang-utans
Prepare an Orange for Orang-utans event with family, friends, or team mates to bring everyone together in support of this issue and to reach out to the ministers voting on November 25.
Take lots of photos and use the hashtag #labelpalmoil and tag @zoosvictoria in social media posts. Even share with the ministers on social media.
Make sure the voice of the community is heard
Ask your family and friends to also send a letter to their minister and go ape turning orange for orang-utans.
Thank you for making a difference.