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    Why be afraid of student environmental activism?

    (Updated )
    Azly Rahman  |  columns

    COMMENT | "Found in everything from shampoo to donuts, palm oil is now the most common vegetable oil in the world - and also one of the world's leading deforestation drivers...

    "Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm tree, Elaeis guineensis, which thrives in humid climates.

    "The large majority of palm oil production occurs in just two countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, where huge swathes of tropical forests and peatlands (carbon-rich swamps) are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, releasing carbon into the atmosphere to drive global warming, while shrinking habitats for a multitude of endangered species. " – Union of Concerned Scientists, USA

    If the orangutans could protest, they'd take over the Parliament, like the Hong Kongers, and demand a stop to palm-oil-related deforestation. Their habitat has been destroyed for decades, out of our greed to profit from the global market-driven economy...

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