Why this story needs to be told
We saw it. Forests cut. Trees laying on the ground. Burnt where they fell. It's devastating. It's heartbreaking.
YEARS correspondent Harrison Ford travels to Indonesia to investigate how the world’s appetite for palm oil – an ingredient in everything from candy bars to laundry detergent – has led to massive deforestation and turned that country into one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases.
Java, Sumatra; Borneo, Indonesia; Mountain View, CA; Sunnyvale, CA; Los Angeles, CA
Meet The Characters
We're the ones who caused all this…this, distress. First we took their home away, and then we killed their mothers. And then are we just going to say…oh they're not worth it?
Behind The Scenes
Harrison Ford talks about why he cares about climate change and why he got involved in Years of Living Dangerously.
Science Behind The Story
From 2000-2012, Indonesia exhibited the largest increase in forest loss, with an average loss of 1,021 km2/year (~395 sq miles).SOURCE
From 2000-2012, Indonesia exhibited the largest increase in forest loss, with an average loss of 1,021 km2/year (~395 sq miles).
By way of the Years Project, we are hopeful that people will finally understand the dramatic connection between deforestation and climate change. Burning forests add two billion tons of carbon pollution per year – almost 20% of the total emissions problem. Deforestation creates more carbon pollution than all of the cars, trains and planes in the world combined – making Indonesia and Brazil the world’s 3rd and 4th largest emitters of GHG (just after the US and China).