When you think of deforestation, what comes to mind? For many people it’s bulldozers, burning trees and displaced orangutans. But deforestation is not only devastating rainforests and the species who call them home. Deforestation also has destructive impacts on people, yet their stories remain largely untold.
We hope you will join us on March 21st for The Other Side of Deforestation, a NYC event to draw back the curtain on the human cost of deforestation, by focusing on one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction in the world: Conflict Palm Oil.
At RAN, we’ve been pressuring PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil for over four years. Field investigations show this snack food giant is linked to palm oil worker exploitation in Indonesia, but the company continues to drag its feet in taking adequate action. The Other Side of Deforestation will debut a short film spotlighting never before seen testimonials from these workers. Following the film, we will conduct a special interview with a palm oil worker — the first time a worker will be speaking out to the international public.
To close the event, a panel of experts from across the movement will discuss the human cost of Conflict Palm Oil, looking at the different systems of oppression that drive deforestation and how addressing these systems will liberate people and the environment.