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Australian actor Isabel Lucas is a passionate eco-warrior, and is lending her high profile to raise awareness of the issue of palm oil.

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By Australian actor and eco-warrior, Isabel Lucas.

As few as 400 Sumatran tigers are thought to remain in the forests of Sumatra, Indonesia, and their forest homes are vanishing at an astonishing rate – a quarter of a million hectares every year. It’s a travesty that I couldn’t sit by and watch happen.

That’s why I’ve added my support to Greenpeace’s Tiger Manifesto. Greenpeace has done research demonstrating that forests in Indonesia are disappearing at a rate of 620,000 hectares a year. But why? The biggest cause is palm oil, a vegetable oil that is cheap to produce and found in nearly 50 per cent of all supermarket items.

If you use toothpaste, eat chocolate, wash your clothes or clean your hair, there’s a good chance you – and me – are somehow a part of this cycle of destruction. And it’s certainly not by choice.

The makers of our products are making you and me a part of forest destruction because they are not finding out where their palm oil comes from, or doing enough to stop destruction getting into the products we use every day.

It’s time we draw a line in the sand.

The Tiger Manifesto is bringing together Indonesians, celebrities, and consumers around the world who are demanding a future where forests and tigers stay in our future.

The decline of Sumatran tigers is like a barometer of health for the rainforest, biodiversity and also climate stability. At the rate we are going, these magnificent creatures are going to disappear. We don’t need to destroy forests to grown palm oil. Solutions exist that don’t include forest destruction, and there has been some progress from big industry players already.

But we need more urgent action. With as few as 400 tigers left, we don’t have time to wait for five or six more years.

We still have a chance to tell our favourite products: don’t make me part of the Sumatran tigers’ extinction. Join me and help keep this magnificent creature alive for future generations.

For more information, click here: www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/forests/Protect-Paradise