Leonardo DiCaprio’s remarks on the Palm Oil industry in Indonesia has triggered a backlash. Senior officials have threatened DiCaprio of deportation. However, the actor has already left the country.
Leonardo DiCaprio was in the country with actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens, who visited the Mount Leuser National Park. The Leuser Ecosystem is considered a safe haven for Sumatran orangutans explains Eco Watch.
It is also an area of intact rainforest in South-East Asia. DiCaprio opined that the expansion of palm oil plantations has threatened this bio diversity hotspot. “If we don’t stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever,” he said.
The lowland #rainforest of the Leuser Ecosystem are considered the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran #elephant. In these forests, ancient elephant migratory paths are still used by some of the last #wild herds of Sumatran elephants. But the expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. Click the link in the bio to stand with @haka_sumatra as they fight to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #Indonesia
He took to social media to post about his visit and urged fans to sign a Change.org petition. He also shared it to spread a word about the endangered habitat. The visit comes after his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he pledged US $ 15 million as a commitment to various environmental projects. Leuser Ecosystem is one of them.
According to EnTempo, a palm oil businessman has responded to DiCaprio’s remarks. Asmar Arsyad from Aceh revealed that the actor had got it wrong. “He should be campaigning for environmental conservation in the Amazon jungle that is being depleted by soy oil plantations,” said Asryad.
His statements has upset a few government officials. They believe that the actor was running a smear campaign against the government and the industry in Indonesia. Ronny Sompie, Director General, Indonesia’s immigration reacted to the actor’s comments on social media states ABC News. He warned prospective tourists that the immigration act could be used against others like DiCaprio if they disturbed the country’s sovereignty.
“We can use the immigration act towards foreigners who disturb our country’s sovereignty,” said Sompie. He elaborated that the star, who was on tourist visa can be deported as it can be easily proven that he is creating public disturbances. “Creating public disturbances and harming the state’s interest, the Immigration is ready to deport him,” he added.
As the forest of the #Indonesian #LeuserEcosystem continues to be cleared to meet demand for Palm Oil, the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan is being pushed to the brink of extinction. Here, at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. If we don't stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever. Click the link in the bio to support this important work. #Indonesia
However, Inspector Sompie has explained that the actor left Indonesia days ago.