In a society increasingly focused on materialism, it is reasonable to ask: why should we save the orango tango?
Even though I do not agree, I can understand the objections of the most lazy and individualist who may struggle for a job, for a better living condition, etc., that the survival of orangotango is not at the top of their priorities.
What you may not understand is that saving orangutans means saving ourselves, the planet and future generations.
Let me explain it better.
Fossils show that in the past tango oranges lived in a wide area that covered several Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia.
Centuries of conflict, climate change and reduction of the arsenal have unfortunately confined the oranges to two islands alone: Borneo and Sumatra.
All in all, the situation of oranges at the beginning of the last century was not so dramatic: at the beginning of 900 it was estimated that a population of about 320,000 equally divided between the two islands.
But the worst was still to come, the sad fate of the species was right around the corner.
Since the 1950s, massive deforestation of the two islands began to leave space for the most diverse human activities such as timber exploitation, the opening of new mines and, above all, massive oil palm cultivation.
Oil palm trees are one of the most destructive crops on the planet, not everyone knows that the palm planted in Indonesia is a species imported from Africa that does not respect the ecological conditions of the new territory.
The most dramatic part of the crops is not the destruction of forests, but the fact that after 25 years of production the soil becomes a desert where nothing can be cultivated.
Imagine destroying the beechwood of the Abruzzo National Park to plant vineyards to produce wine that in just 25 years will have to be abandoned because it is no longer productive.
Here is what is happening in Malaysia and Indonesia to make room for oil palm trees.
If you think that killing a person is a crime against humanity, what is destroying millennial forests that have always been a source of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of people?
Is not deforestation a crime against humanity?
There is not only the aspect of safeguarding wild species in the destruction of forests, but also the eradication of entire communities that will soon or later cause to plunge down large files of environmental refugees.
There is not only wars and violence at the base of migrations, but also and above all environmental crises.
Perhaps few know that the Syrian civil war was born out of a revolt by Syrian shepherds afflicted by drought.
The role of forests in climate change
One of the biggest inconsistencies I see around me is the lack of awareness among the various aspects of life on earth.
I see parents anxious about the future of their children, but then those same parents are scattered about so many vital environmental issues for the future of future generations.
What is the point of concern about the course of studies or vows that take your child to school, if then you are completely disinterested in deforestation?
Probably the reason lies in the widespread ignorance that what is happening in Asia is reflected in Europe and vice versa.
Perhaps it is ignored that without forests no matter what your son’s vote will come from middle schools because without forests life on earth will not be compatible with the human species.
We are burning millions of tons of energy resources by releasing billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the same carbon dioxide responsible for climate change.
Along with the oceans, forests are the largest carbon capture basins, cutting forests is like a small child who is playing with a boiling pot of oil.
We’re literally playing with fire and people do not even realize it.
I can understand the nihilist who lives in the day, but not a family father worried about the future of their children.
What to do then?
First, let us become aware of our actions and choices, as we apply this new awareness to new conscious lifestyles.
So here we are going to stop buying products from South America by preferring local food, boycotting companies that use palm oil rather than sunflower oil, here is browse the catalog of new electric cars, we will find install solar panels and so on.
I know, the sense of helplessness is and remains, but somewhere we have to start.
Orang is the living testimony of our past
We will do our part