In week one of my Earth Month Action Plan I am going to make Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram posts about the palm oil crisis in order to introduce others to the issue. I am going to focus on the environmental effects as well as the importance of small holders in the process of making the industry sustainable. I will also highlight prominent companies that sustainably source their palm oil and those that do not. I do not think this task will be very difficult, thus I am doing it during week one. I will use the social enterprises and nonprofits I researched for the lens assignment to collect accurate data on the problem of palm oil.
I will be investigating my food and beauty products during week two of my Earth Month Action Plan in order to see which contain palm oil and for those that do contain the oil I will research to see if it is sustainably sourced. I think the most difficult part of this task will be actually finding out if the products that contain the oil are sustainably sourced. It will also be difficult because it will be difficult to know if the food from the dining halls contain palm oil. I will mainly be utilizing product websites in order to figure out the source of the palm oil within my products.
Similar to week two of my Earth Month Action Plan, I will once again be utilizing websites in order to find the source of the palm oil within products. However, in week three of my plan I have the goal of helping at least 5 of my floor-mates review their products to see if they contain palm oil. I will also implore those 5 people to go out and help one more do the same, therefore hopefully setting of a small chain reaction. The most difficult portion of this task will be finding people who are willing to take time out of their schedule to go through and explore their products. It is also difficult because there is no way of forcing those five people to go out and help one more individual to review his or her products.
In the final week of my Earth Month Action Plan I am going to contact 5 companies that do not source their palm oil sustainably and implore them as to why do not. I will use the information garnered throughout my previous weeks to create clear message regarding the issues of the palm industry as well as to highlight the utmost importance of smallholders to industry. This will be difficult because big companies most likely will not care that one person is upset about their sourcing. My main concern with this portion of my plan is that I will get no responses from the companies I contact. The resource I will use for the final week will be all of the information I have learned from my lens assignments as well as the past weeks of my action plan. I am looking forward to next month and I am excited to see what changes I can make in my own lifestyle as well as my peers!