Am I too old for climate activism? | Trees vs Palm Oil

Am I too old for climate activism? | Trees vs Palm Oil


this is pita beak at 70 years pitas a
self-made climate activists Jessica Rita – American Sweden one day Pete decided
to start a silent revolution in his home country Indonesia a revolution that is
turning once deforested land back into lush forests peat is from Indonesia for
now and like most of the people in this island he belongs to the diag tribe a
tribe known for being so connected to nature they call forests it’s their
supermarket as their basis of life more than 25% of the world population depends
on forests for survival when managed poorly this puts forests and wildlife
under pressure Indonesia has lost almost 25 percent of
its original forest cover since 1990 the main culprit is the palm oil industry it
has cleared vast pieces of land to satisfy global demand for this oil I met
Pete in 2017 when I first visited it causes tree planting project in
Indonesia back then we went out to see the farmers Pete had convinced the plant
trees with him these farmers had previously deforested their lands to
produce rice or plant palm oil trees rural communities in Indonesia often
depend on the palm oil industry to earn their salary multinational companies
promise them a lot of money in exchange for their lands to plant palm oil on
them which they promised them will also create extra jobs for the community
tapping the fruit of the palm oil collecting it and bringing it to their
factories the problem is that monocultures of any tree species
destroyed the soil so the palm oil companies exploit farmers lands pump a
lot of fertilizers in there to keep the palm trees growing and then eventually
they leave at a certain point the soil just can’t grow anything anymore so
farmers are left with no productive land and no reliable source of income this is
what Pete wanted to fix but how does one change the palm oil industry on their
own instead of thinking too big Pete acted locally he went around through his
hometown and convinced a couple of hundred farmers to do things differently
instead of selling their lands all for just planting rice in them he asked them
to plant all kinds of productive trees around them like rubber tinkle tinkle
Wong or durian all of which produce fruits and other forest goods like sugar
nuts which the farmers and their families can use either to consume
themselves or to sell in local and international markets all without
destroying the forests but rather helping it regenerate this is Siegen he is one of the farmers
working with people at first he was skeptical but because his land was no
longer productive he decided to give Pete’s ideas a try back in 2017 this is
how siegen’s land look like fast forward two years later this is Pete
standing on that same spot now filled with a lush regenerated forest that
picture was taken in February 2019 it might not seem like a revolution but
what Pete is doing is causing a chain reaction a date Pete has convinced about
2,000 farmers in Borneo to plant trees in their labs which is giving them a
better life and protecting the climate with time more and more neighboring
communities are asking to join Pete’s program as climate activists go to Tim
Bergman said you are never too small to make a difference and the speed is
proving you’re never too old to care for the generations coming after you hi I’m
Fatima and I documented Kouzes tree planting projects in Latin America Spain
and Southeast Asia Nicosia is a search engine the plants
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