Today at Fintona is a casual clothes day to raise awareness for the mandatory labelling of palm oil in Australia. This coincides with Orang-utan care week. Fintona's Environment Captain, Ayla Edwards devised the idea of 'Turning Fintona Orange' and has encouraged students to wear something orange in support of this campaign. Students are not required to make a gold coin donation but are rather asked to sign the petition for clear labelling of palm oil. Additionally, there is an online petition which can be found at the following link, and it would be great if you could add you name to it: http://www.zoo.org.au/palmoil/label
Each year over 1000 orang-utans are killed as a result of deforestation for the unsustainable production of palm oil in South-East Asia. However, it is not solely the orang-utan’s survival that is threatened by habitat loss; the Sumatran tiger, rhino and elephant are among many other species affected by habitat fragmentation and destruction in this region.
Clear labelling is the initial step required to encourage food manufacturers to use sustainable palm oil in their products, thus contributing to habitat and species preservation.
We commend Ayla for her initiative and for the many Fintona girls and staff who genuinely care for the preservation of natural habitats by supporting this cause.