Mt Keira Demonstration School students show palm oil trade the palm

Global citizens: The Mt Keira Demonstration School students with their palm oil-free stall, doing their bit to save the habitat of the orangutan.

Global citizens: The Mt Keira Demonstration School students with their palm oil-free stall, doing their bit to save the habitat of the orangutan.

Young environmentalists at Mt Keira Demonstration School have done their bit to create a “ripple effect” to help save the mighty orangutan.

After learning about the deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia caused by the palm oil industry, the students letters to companies that use palm oil in their products. They were asked to use alternative ingredients and to support sustainable palm oil production.

Then they decided to adopt a Sumatran orangutan named Gokong through The Orangutan Project initiative. To raise money, the Year 5 and 6 students made palm oil free chocolate, using cocoa butter as a substitute for vegetable fat. They also made short bread, cookies, fruit platters and muffins.

Teacher Rosalyn Saunders said the students had learned they have power as consumers to decide where their money goes, and do their bit to try and end the “destructive cycle” and its effect on wildlife. 

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