tree ramblings

Today Indonesia’s president tried to get ahead of the Global Warming and Climate Change Conference by UN in Bali early next month. He vowed that the government will plant 10 million trees to make up for the massive deforestation all over Indonesia! I guess I have to respect him for even making it an effort. Even people must have realised that they are doing it to impress the incoming delegates of the event.

Earlier this month, I received an unexpected email from a friend. He sent the same emails to all his friends and invited them to his upcoming wedding which is gonna be in a beautiful island off Bali. He said that he is not going to print any wedding invitations as an act of supporting the limit use of papers to save the forest and all.

Ironically, this guy owns a lot of palm plantations off the Riau area (Central Sumatra – where the deforestation for palm plantation is at its worst) and also he is working on a permit to flatten a big chunk of forest at Kalimantan to plant more palm trees.

Okay, nothing else needs to be said here. I don’t want to kiss and tell, so I would just wish him and bride-to-be the best in luck in their union. 😛  

Currently, palm tree plantation and refinery factory are the most profitable industry in South East Asia. The crude palm oil never goes down in price and always in high demand. It does make a lot of money for the country, but a lot of other factors are also affected by it. The forests and animals are just a couple of the most notable ones. The least spoken but nonetheless important is the people’s livelihoods who depend on the forest for their living now have to work in the plantation. I bet they are glad of the president’s act today, if they manage to plant those trees and keep them alive before illegal loggers get hold of them.

I wish somebody would just give this country a break!


6 Responses to “tree ramblings”

  1. 1 LB November 29, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    10 million trees!! Good gesture, but would have been better to prevent the burning in the first place, hor? Oh well, I suppose something’s better than nothing.Happy Friday to you, Andie!!

  2. 2 Jientje November 29, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Oh yes, I hope they don’t steel them as well!
    I commented on the wrong post, it seems?

  3. 3 Jientje November 29, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    And with the wrong URL! Gosh!

  4. 4 momisodes November 30, 2007 at 3:17 am

    I hope it’s not too late, and I hope the 10 million tress do well.

  5. 5 happysurfer November 30, 2007 at 6:04 am

    That’s a good thought. I hope he didn’t mean including planting oil palm trees. :p

    Congrats to your friend.

  6. 6 adit November 30, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    I have nothing to add… 😦

    Andie : 😦

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