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Today, ALERT celebrates its one-year anniversary -- and it's been a year of tremendous growth and impact.

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ALERT press release: Roads imperil wilderness

To coincide with the International Day of Forests, ALERT today issued a press release entitled "Roads imperil world's last wildernesses".

Roads versus nature... Deforestation near Acre, Brazil

Roads versus nature... Deforestation near Acre, Brazil

Our press release partially echoes a recent press statement by RoadFree, which also highlights the often-devastating impacts of new roads on wilderness areas (see blog below).

There is a growing consensus among scientists that unbridled road expansion is one of the biggest proximate causes of environmental degradation globally

 

ALERT supports online petition for Leuser Ecosystem

ALERT's first policy issue is the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra Indonesia. It is the last surviving lowland rainforest on the island and "it is the last place on Earth where elephants, tigers, rhinoceros and orangutans still coexist”. The local government is being pressured to allow for this area to be developed. We are advocating that the Leuser Ecosystem should be conserved as a World Heritage area. 

Earlier in the week, we participated in faxing a well-prepared letter to 30 Indonesian and international officials. We also sent a press release about the issue to hundreds of environmentally-focused media reporters.

Today we are circulating an online petition that has already garnered 12,600 supporters through our social media channels. Less than 2500 signatures are needed. Please add your support by signing the petition here: http://www.change.org/id/petisi/protect-the-leuser-ecosystem-declare-it-a-world-heritage

Thanks to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme for creating these tweets to support the issue. Please use some of the tweets below or customize your own. <strong>It is important that you TAG @SBYudhoyono,&nbsp;@presidenSBY</strong> and use #SaveAceh and/ or #SelamatkanAceh

 

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