On the island of Borneo, in the rainforests of Indonesia, you’ll find species found nowhere else in the world. Unfortunately, you’ll also find massive clear-cutting that threatens their future.

The Olympics are an international symbol of greatness, where the world’s top athletes gather to compete. So what happens when the very world stage these athletes will compete on is built on the backs of endangered species?

Well sadly, we’ve discovered that one of the world’s last great rainforests — and home of the critically endangered Bornean orangutan — is being destroyed for the next Summer Olympics. Trees ripped from their habitat are being processed into plywood and shipped to Japan by a company called Korindo, the same logging and palm oil behemoth we caught supplying huge volumes of rainforest timber to build the Olympic venues for the 2020 games.

Ellen, will you help me deliver 25,000 messages telling the Olympics to STOP building their venues from rainforest destruction?

This isn’t a game — it’s life and death for some of the world’s most endangered species.

Sun bears, clouded leopards and orangutans are just a few of the world’s rarest animals threatened by deforestation.

We can’t let the Olympic organizers pretend they didn’t know where the wood was coming from. 2020 was supposed to be the most sustainable Olympic games in history and instead, they’ve threatened the habitat of the most critically endangered species. There’s just no excuse. It’s the responsibility of the Olympic organizers to know where it’s sourcing all products that impact forests and their inhabitants.

Demand that the 2020 Olympics STOP using rainforest timber!

After the last of the medals are handed out in 2020, the devastation to the rainforests of Indonesia will be everlasting.

Tell the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee that they must cut ties with rainforest destroyers, address the negative impacts, and strengthen their sourcing policies to keep these amazing creatures from the brink of extinction.

Don’t let the Olympic games turn into a real life game of survival for any species.

For the wildlife,

Hana Heineken headshotHana Heineken
Responsible Finance Senior Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network