Forest Heroes volunteer interns in Ann Arbor conceived of and installed this thought-provoking action last weekend. The 400 flags planted in the U of Michigan Diag (a famous central quad-type of space on campus) represent the 400 trees that are destroyed every single minute for palm oil destruction.
The signs explain that those 400 trees are equivalent to three football fields (there’s something U of Mich folks know well!) every two minutes.
And while organizers didn’t mention why the flags were orange, my guess is that they represent the Sumatran tigers who are losing their habitat to palm-oil driven deforestation.