Palm oil has been a hot topic in recent years, particularly for its negative impact on the earth and the habitats of animals like the orangutan. When two sisters from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire watched a documentary on the impact deforestation was having on the apes, they knew they had to do something about it. So, they started a petition on Change.org asking cereal giants Kellogg’s to “Stop destorying rainforests for cheap palm oil.” Little did they know, they’d change the world.
Asha and Jia Dhinsa (12 and 10 years old respectively) were really upset when they saw the Channel 4 documentary, ‘Orangutan Jungle School.’ They saw how much of an impact the palm oil trade was having on these lovable orange apes and so, with the help of their mum Harvinder, decided to set up a petition.
They decided to target the cereal company after learning that Kellogg’s were still buying palm oil from unsustainable companies. The petition, which now has nearly 800,000 signatures, was picked up and promoted by news outlets around the country and even the legendary Sir David Attenborough himself! The girls were then invited to meet with bosses at Kellogg’s to discuss how the company could move forward with sourcing more sustainable palm oil.
Last Friday, the girls met with bosses for the third time and finally had the good news they’d been working so hard on. The company had agreed to appoint a team to oversee a switch to segregated palm oil – a more sustainable option. They also informed the girls they were committed to sourcing 100% of its palm oil sustainably by 2025.
Asha and Jia are now considering which other companies they can potentially approach to follow in Kellogg’s footsteps. As their mum said in an interview, “It shows no matter how small you are that you have a voice and people will listen.” We couldn’t agree more. Well done, girls!