Six Greenpeace activists are being held by a cargo ship carrying palm oil on its way to the Netherlands. The organization has "limited radio contact" with the activists and asks the captain to release them.
Greenpeace's action is directed against the sale and use of the palm. According to the organization, the cultivation of palm oil is at the root of the destruction of the rainforest.
Palm oil is found in many products, such as baby food, shampoo, cosmetics and Oreo brand cookies.
The cargo ship transferred palm oil products from Wilmer International, Indonesia, to Rotterdam. Wilmer is the largest palm oil merchant in the world.
The activists boarded the Cadiz in Spain. They announced their arrival in the captain in advance. Once on board they rolled out with "Rain Destroyers" and "Oreo Drop Dirty Palm Oil".
Radio contact is limited with active
The six activists are held in one of the bats on the ship, writes Greenpeace on its site. "We have limited radio contact with our volunteers and ask the captain to release them to continue their silent protest," said Hannah Martin, campaign leader aboard the Greenpeace. Esperanza.
"Scratching and burning rainforests causes the climate crisis to be greater, and the habitat of orangutans is smaller." "It's time for the big brands to work," says Andy Palman, campaign manager for Greenpeace Holland.
According to Greenpeace, tropical deforestation in Indonesia produces more CO2 emissions each year than the entire EU combined. In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for an immediate end to deforestation, so that the global temperature rise would be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
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