Greenpeace blocks IOI’s palm oil refinery at Port of Rotterdam
Photograph: Joris van Gennip, Greenpeace
Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns.A report by the environmental group links IOI, the owner of the Croklaan palm oil refinery, to deforestation, wildfires, and human rights violations including using child labour in Indonesia.
The ten activists blocked the refinery’s entrance with tree trunks and stopped docking at the port with kayaks and the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which prevented unloading palm oil destined for the facility.
Say what you will about Greenpeace – they still bring much needed attention to situations like this. It’s not the easiest thing to be dedicated enough to be willing to get arrested.
Also, about this: “The Croklaan facility processes 750,000 tonnes of palm oil annually, which is used to produce biodiesel and other products for the Western European and US markets.” I’m gobsmacked that people and governments would approve and allow deforestation of critical habitat for the purposes of BIODIESEL??!!!! How messed up are those priorities?