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Big Fashion Put on Notice for Forest Destruction

Posted by 10/20/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 20th, 2014   ***Interviews and high-resolution images available   CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org   Big Fashion Put on Notice for its Role in Forest Destruction, Rights Abuses; Activists to Place ‘Warning Labels’ on Offending Brands Rayon and other fabrics commonly used by the ‘Fashion Fifteen’ brands are made from dissolving pulp tied to deforestation, says Rainforest Action Network   San Francisco, CA – Major fashion brands are grinding up forests to make the clothes American’s wear everyday? It sounds crazy, but it’s true. While very few people have even heard of dissolving pulp, it is the primary ingredient in rayon and other common fabrics, and forest advocates say it is a growing threat to forests around the world.   Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has launched the Out of Fashion campaign, which calls on major fashion brands, dubbed the ‘Fashion Fifteen,’ to commit to...   Read more

Naming Names: Forest Destroyers for Clothing

Posted by 10/16/14

A few weeks ago, RAN announced its newest campaign, Out of Fashion, a campaign for forest-friendly fabric. Currently, some of the biggest names in fashion are responsible for the pulping of pristine forests for clothing. The destruction of these forests creates a ripple effect: human rights abuses, land grabbing, habitat and biodiversity loss, climate disruption and toxics pollution. Dissolving pulp, which is spun into thread and woven into fabric, appears on clothing racks as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal.  RAN is working to expose this destructive practice, and transform the supply chains of some of the most popular brands and we need your help. Are you in for a little guerrilla activism? Sign up here for your (free) stickering kit and take action to eliminate forest destruction in our clothing.  We know that it’s possible for companies to change and avoid this...   Read more

Time is running out for PepsiCo and the Snack Food 20

Posted by 10/03/14

In the past two weeks we have made history. We have seen the biggest climate rallies take place on the streets of over 150 countries. People are united by one truth: climate change is happening, it is affecting communities now and time is running out to take action to avoid the tipping point to dangerous climate change. Momentum is building and people are united in efforts to take on the biggest polluters: commodity producers that are destroying the ecosystems that regulate our climate and the fossil fuel industry. One year ago, RAN exposed the role that 20 of the world biggest snack food companies play in driving climate change through their use of Conflict Palm Oil. Since then half of these companies including Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Hershey's, ConAgra Foods, Smuckers, Dunkin Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have adopted new commitments to cut the destruction of rainforests...   Read more

REVEL = FOMO

Posted by 09/30/14

For those of you who don’t know what REVEL is, it is a night of revelry to celebrate the year’s accomplishments at Rainforest Action Network. It is...   Read more

RAN responds to the UN Climate Summit 2014

Posted by 09/23/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org | Bill Barclay, 415. 659. 0512 BBarclay@ran.org | Christopher Herrera Christopher@ran.org The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local communities who have been creating effective solutions for maintaining forests for years. It is time for globally binding commitments, the recognition of the traditional and customary rights of forest-dependent communities, and the actionable enforcement of these policies. Real and coordinated global commitments are...  Read more

Naming Names: Forest Destroyers for Clothing

Posted by 10/16/14

A few weeks ago, RAN announced its newest campaign, Out of Fashion, a campaign for forest-friendly fabric. Currently, some of the biggest names in fashion are responsible for the pulping of pristine forests for clothing. The destruction of these forests creates a ripple effect: human rights abuses, land grabbing, habitat and biodiversity loss, climate disruption and toxics pollution. Dissolving pulp, which is spun into thread and woven into fabric, appears on clothing racks as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal.  RAN is working to expose this destructive practice, and transform the supply chains of some of the most popular brands and we need your help. Are you in for a little guerrilla activism? Sign up here for your (free) stickering kit and take action to eliminate forest destruction in our clothing.  We know that it’s possible for companies to change and avoid this...   Read more

Time is running out for PepsiCo and the Snack Food 20

Posted by 10/03/14

In the past two weeks we have made history. We have seen the biggest climate rallies take place on the streets of over 150 countries. People are united by one truth: climate change is happening, it is affecting communities now and time is running out to take action to avoid the tipping point to dangerous climate change. Momentum is building and people are united in efforts to take on the biggest polluters: commodity producers that are destroying the ecosystems that regulate our climate and the fossil fuel industry. One year ago, RAN exposed the role that 20 of the world biggest snack food companies play in driving climate change through their use of Conflict Palm Oil. Since then half of these companies including Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Hershey's, ConAgra Foods, Smuckers, Dunkin Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have adopted new commitments to cut the destruction of rainforests...   Read more

Press Release: President of Indonesia put to the test over imminent deforestation at UN Climate Summit

Posted by 09/23/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org President of Indonesia put to the test at UN Climate Summit over imminent deforestation  NGOs issue a plea for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut carbon pollution by protecting the world renowned Leuser Ecosystem New York, NY - Today, a global coalition of NGOs and civil society groups issued a plea to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to protect one of the world’s most biodiverse forests, the Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra.  UN Secretary General Ban-ki-moon has set the expectation that leaders will announce bold actions to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. The coalition is calling on President Yudhoyono to cancel an illegal spatial plan, drawn up by the government of Aceh province, which will destroy a large area of...  Read more

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Wall Street: Don't Destroy the Great Barrier Reef!

Posted by 10/02/14

In the coming months, big Wall Street banks could finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. Raise your voice to stop them!  Photo: Shutterstock The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Australia, is the world's biggest stretch of coral reef and is probably the planet’s richest area in terms of animal diversity. It’s home to 1,500 species of fish, 400 kinds of coral, and at least 30 types of whales and dolphins—it’s an important area for humpback whales giving birth and raising their young. The reef is also a key habitat for two endangered—and beautiful—species: the green sea turtle and the dugong, or “sea cow.” And it’s a global treasure, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.1 Now the Great Barrier Reef is facing a massive threat. A huge corporation, Adani, wants to expand the...   Read more

Challenging Corporate Power at the Biggest Climate March in History

Posted by 09/25/14

This post is by the RAN staff who were in New York as part of the People's Climate March: Lindsey Allen, Ginger Cassady, Susana Cervantes, Adrienne Fitch-Frankel, Chelsea Matthews, Scott Parkin, Claire Sandberg, Amanda Starbuck, Laurel Sutherlin, Emm Talarico, Christy Tennery-Spalding and Todd Zimmer.  Wow, these past few days have been an exhausting and exhilarating whirlwind of activity and activism here in New York City. As world leaders gathered yesterday for the UN Climate Summit, much of RAN’s staff and network was recovering from back to back, power-packed days of nonstop organizing, training, marching, meeting, movement building and risking arrest to challenge corporate power at the heart of the global financial system. You’ve likely heard the superlatives. Sunday’s People’s Climate March was the largest demonstration for climate action in history, with more than 400,000 people — from all walks of life and all over the country and across the world — joining together in...   Read more

RAN responds to the UN Climate Summit 2014

Posted by 09/23/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org | Bill Barclay, 415. 659. 0512 BBarclay@ran.org | Christopher Herrera Christopher@ran.org The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local communities who have been creating effective solutions for maintaining forests for years. It is time for globally binding commitments, the recognition of the traditional and customary rights of forest-dependent communities, and the actionable enforcement of these policies. Real and coordinated global commitments are...   Read more

People's Climate March Logistics in NYC

Posted by 09/20/14

The air is thick with excitement and people-power as thousands and thousands are heading to New York to join in the People’s Climate March on Sunday.   Rainforest Action Network...   Read more

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Big Fashion Put on Notice for Forest Destruction

Posted by 10/20/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 20th, 2014   ***Interviews and high-resolution images available   CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org   Big Fashion Put on Notice for its Role in Forest Destruction, Rights Abuses; Activists to Place ‘Warning Labels’ on Offending Brands Rayon and other fabrics commonly used by the ‘Fashion Fifteen’ brands are made from dissolving pulp tied to deforestation, says Rainforest Action Network   San Francisco, CA – Major fashion brands are grinding up forests to make the clothes American’s wear everyday? It sounds crazy, but it’s true. While very few people have even heard of dissolving pulp, it is the primary ingredient in rayon and other common fabrics, and forest advocates say it is a growing threat to forests around the world.   Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has launched the Out of Fashion campaign, which calls on major fashion brands, dubbed the ‘Fashion Fifteen,’ to commit to...   Read more

Naming Names: Forest Destroyers for Clothing

Posted by 10/16/14

A few weeks ago, RAN announced its newest campaign, Out of Fashion, a campaign for forest-friendly fabric. Currently, some of the biggest names in fashion are responsible for the pulping of pristine forests for clothing. The destruction of these forests creates a ripple effect: human rights abuses, land grabbing, habitat and biodiversity loss, climate disruption and toxics pollution. Dissolving pulp, which is spun into thread and woven into fabric, appears on clothing racks as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal.  RAN is working to expose this destructive practice, and transform the supply chains of some of the most popular brands and we need your help. Are you in for a little guerrilla activism? Sign up here for your (free) stickering kit and take action to eliminate forest destruction in our clothing.  We know that it’s possible for companies to change and avoid this...   Read more

Represent RAN at a Beats Antique Show Near You!

Posted by 10/14/14

Rainforest Action Network is partnering with Beats Antique on its Fall Tour, "Creature Carnival," to raise awareness about the importance of protecting tropical rainforests and its many inhabitants. If you aren't familiar with the music of Beats Antique and/or haven't seen one of their spectacular live performances then you are in for a treat! The band mixes world fusion and electronic music; beyond the incredible music their live shows feature performance art and heavy percussives with Tribal Fusion dance.Given the theme "Creature Carnival," the band sought out an organization doing effective work on behalf of wildlife to feature in all the shows. This tour includes 21 live performances from Los Angeles, CA to St. Paul, MN to Washington, DC between October 15-November 8.We are looking for passionate volunteers to work our RAN table at Beats Antique shows in cities across the country. You will get into the show for free...   Read more

REVEL = FOMO

Posted by 09/30/14

For those of you who don’t know what REVEL is, it is a night of revelry to celebrate the year’s accomplishments at Rainforest Action Network. It is a night where friends gather, where new friends are made, and where activism meets exhilaration.  For years, REVEL has hosted environmentalists, community leaders, artists, film-makers, game-changers, inventors, superstars and happy agitators -- those committed individuals who are not afraid to challenge the status quo in order to change the world for the better. You can expect REVEL to be the greenest party of the year. You can expect gourmet vegan food, premium tequila flights, and dancing to fantastic live music by Monophonics. You can expect to get free silk screening (just bring an old t-shirt or a make an optional donation for a new shirt). Best of all, you can expect the “Right to Remain Silent Auction”...  Read more

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