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Thank You, Cargill a Timeline to Transformation

Thank You.That is what this post is all about. Simply: Thank You. After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill -- the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to...

15 Stunning Photos from The Last Place on Earth

The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most important rainforests in Southeast Asia, is being destroyed for massive industrial development including the expansion of palm oil plantations. Everyday important sections of this precious ecosystem are being systematically cut down, pushing rare species like Sumatran orangutans, elephants and rhinos to the brink of extinction. A new RAN report exposes the links between palm oil giant Musim Mas Group and this destruction. The destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem has to stop and with your help it will. Take action today and tell Musim...

Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

As Rainforest Action Network’s palm oil campaigners wrap up a full, fast and furious week here at the 12th annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we can’t help but reflect a bit on this pivotal moment. This dispatch is meant to shed some light on what we see next for the responsible palm oil movement.  Let’s be real: palm oil plantations are directly descended from a colonial model that requires artificially cheap (read: stolen) land and artificially cheap (read: slave) labor to be profitable,...

Southern Forests Aren't Fuel

Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel. Tell E.U. policymakers to Save Our Southern forests! 

San Francisco Activists Confront the Fashion 15

Earlier this morning, activists staged a protest in downtown San Francisco to call attention to forest destruction for fabric. Activists are visiting Fashion 15 companies throughout the city, demanding that companies get forest destruction out of their fabric. Dressed as fashion models, and wielding toy chain saws, activists staged street theater events outside of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 and Abercrombie & Fitch. Marching from store to store, a team of about 20 staged runway shows, did photo shoots, stickered clothing tags, and handed out information. Each event created a spectacle for tourists and shoppers, with music, photographers, and a clear message: get forest destruction Out of Fashion. Strutting along a red carpet, models carried signs naming the Fashion 15 companies, and exposing their role in forest destruction for fashion apparel.

A Halloween Trick for Pepsi

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday more than Pepsi is today. See, the marketing folks over at Pepsi have been trying all week to promote their holiday hashtag #LetsGetSpooky. You, all of us at RAN, and thousands around the world know what’s really spooky -- the deforestation and human rights abuses associated with PepsiCo’s use of Conflict Palm Oil. It’s spooky, it’s scary, it’s downright evil stuff. And right now, Conflict Palm Oil is in PepsiCo’s snacks which are sold in over 200 countries. We’ve been telling Pepsi to cut this scary ingredient for over a year, and it just isn’t listening or taking action to break its ties to deforestation and human rights abuses. So we decided to take drastic measures with a “Pepsercism.” It’s not quite an exorcism, but we certainly hope it will help get the message to Pepsi to banish the...

World’s Top Coal-Financing Banks Still Won’t Touch Abbot Point

      This week, BankTrack launched their latest report on the top coal-financing banks in the world. The ranking, topped by JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, includes several other U.S. banks in the top 20 based on their total financing for coal mining and coal-fired power since 2005.   As the piece we’ve cross-posted below notes, it’s telling that even the top financiers of coal in the world have decided to stay away the proposed coal terminal expansion at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef. But unfortunately, even though most of their competitors have concluded that expanding Abbot Point would be a disaster for the climate and the reef, Bank of America still hasn’t gotten the message. By Ben Collins (RAN), Yann Louvel (BankTrack) and Julien...

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Thank You, Cargill a Timeline to Transformation

Thank You.That is what this post is all about. Simply: Thank You. After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill -- the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to...

15 Stunning Photos from The Last Place on Earth

The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most important rainforests in Southeast Asia, is being destroyed for massive industrial development including the expansion of palm oil plantations. Everyday important sections of this precious ecosystem are being systematically cut down, pushing rare species like Sumatran orangutans, elephants and rhinos to the brink of extinction. A new RAN report exposes the links between palm oil giant Musim Mas Group and this destruction. The destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem has to stop and with your help it will. Take action today and tell Musim...

Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

As Rainforest Action Network’s palm oil campaigners wrap up a full, fast and furious week here at the 12th annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we can’t help but reflect a bit on this pivotal moment. This...

Southern Forests Aren't Fuel

Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel. Tell E.U. policymakers to Save Our Southern forests!  Forests aren’t fuel. But biomass companies are cutting down whole trees to burn in European power plants. This scourge is huge, and it’s growing. From Louisiana to Virginia, there are 20 wood pellet facilities up and running, and 33 more being proposed.1 Wood pellet exports from the U.S. doubled last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013 -- and they’ve been projected to nearly double again by next year, to 5.7 million tons in 2015. 99% of U.S. exports came from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and 98% went to Europe.2 This is all a terrible unintended...

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Thank You, Cargill a Timeline to Transformation

Thank You.That is what this post is all about. Simply: Thank You. After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill -- the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to...

Southern Forests Aren't Fuel

Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel. Tell E.U. policymakers to Save Our Southern forests!  Forests aren’t fuel. But biomass companies are cutting down whole trees to burn in European power plants. This scourge is huge, and it’s growing. From Louisiana to Virginia, there are 20 wood pellet facilities up and running, and 33 more being proposed.1 Wood pellet exports from the U.S. doubled last year, from...

Tell Bank of America: Don't Finance the Destruction of the Great Barrier Reef

The coal industry is trying to move forward with a deal that would threaten Australia’s treasured Great Barrier Reef and turbocharge climate change—but they can’t do it without major financial backing. Three of the biggest Wall Street investment banks have said they won’t fund the deal.1 But Bank of America won’t commit to staying away. Tell Bank of America—don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef! Right now, the coal industry is pushing an incredibly destructive plan: to build out one of the biggest coal ports in the world right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. A huge corporation called Adani is attempting to dredge 3 million cubic meters of seabed, wrecking part of the biggest stretch of coral reef in the world and one of the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems.  The Great Barrier Reef...

RAN to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2014   contact: Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431   RAN to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction Australian coal port threatens global climate, Great Barrier Reef   San Francisco—Rainforest Action Network (RAN) called on Bank of America to rule out financing the controversial Abbot Point coal port in Queensland, Australia, a day after three major U.S. investment banks pledged to steer clear of the project. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs all assured RAN in writing that they would not finance the expansion of Abbot Point, but Bank of America has so far refused to take a position. The project would significantly harm the Great Barrier Reef--construction of the new port would require dredging part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area--and would drive global climate change by drastically increasing carbon emissions. Earlier this year, Bank...

RAN Applauds Move by U.S. Banks to Reject Australian Coal Port

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 27, 2014contact:Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431Rainforest Action Network Applauds Move by U.S. Banks to Reject Australian Coal PortAbbot Point coal export project presents dire threat to climate and to the Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—Rainforest Action Network commended the move by leading U.S. investment banks to rule out financing the Abbot Point coal export project in Queensland, Australia. Under pressure from RAN, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase all issued written commitments—released publicly for the first time today—to not bankroll the controversial project, which would involve dredging part of the Great Barrier Reef. “We’re pleased to see some of the biggest banks on Wall Street reject this destructive project that presents a grave threat to the Great Barrier Reef and to the global climate,” said RAN Climate and Energy Program Director Amanda Starbuck. “These banks have clearly taken a good look at the Abbot Point...

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Thank You, Cargill a Timeline to Transformation

Posted by 11/26/14

Thank You.That is what this post is all about. Simply: Thank You. After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill -- the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to keep Conflict Palm Oil out of our food and to protect our forests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them.Of course, this fight is by no means over. But as the executive director of Rainforest Action Network, I want you to know that your support on this issue...   Read more

15 Stunning Photos from The Last Place on Earth

Posted by 11/24/14

The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most important rainforests in Southeast Asia, is being destroyed for massive industrial development including the expansion of palm oil plantations. Everyday important sections of this precious ecosystem are being systematically cut down, pushing rare species like Sumatran orangutans, elephants and rhinos to the brink of extinction. A new RAN report exposes the links between palm oil giant Musim Mas Group and this destruction. The destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem has to stop and with your help it will. Take action today and tell Musim Mas to break its ties to the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem. The Leuser Ecosystem is a vast, teeming, ancient landscape on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia that covers over 6.5 million acres including lowland and mountainous rainforests and over 460,000 acres of carbon-rich peatlands. It is like...   Read more

The Huffington Post: Efforts to End Deforestation Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

Posted by 11/21/14

"In 2007, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) launched a campaign to persuade Cargill -- the largest exporter of palm oil into the US, and one of a handful of traders that dominate the industry -- to stop buying oil grown on newly cut forests and peatlands. When Cargill refused to budge, RAN changed its strategy and began targeting the company's clients, the so-called "snack food 20," which includes corporations like Hershey's, General Mills, and Kraft. This new tactic paid off. Some of the high profile brands began demanding that their suppliers get serious about deforestation. And in September, Cargill announced a sweeping no-deforestation policy and endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests, joining other major palm oil traders including the Singapore-based Wilmar and the Indonesian company Golden Agri-Resources. The two leading pulp and paper companies in Indonesia, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited and Asian Pulp and Paper, have followed suit...   Read more

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