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2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of a mass movement that dreams big and takes bold action. Back in September, I woke up on a crisp clear New York morning and joined 3,000 people to shut down the city's financial district as a part of Flood Wall Street.  Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions...

2014 in Review: Big Banks Ditch Mountaintop Removal Coal

In 2014, leading global banks began to turn away from financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. For years, RAN and other organizations in Appalachia and around the world have warned banks of the severe human and environmental consequences of financing MTR coal. And finally, banks have begun to respond. This year, building on commitments from two US banks, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, several other banks indicated that they would not finance the largest MTR producers. As of this spring, the French bank BNP Paribas had made a similar commitment,...

Remembering Becky Tarbotton, 1973 - 2012

It has been two years since we lost our dear friend Becky Tarbotton, and two years since the environmental movement lost a rare and visionary force. We still miss Becky every day. And we still feel her influence and her energy throughout our offices and throughout all of our work. For me, this connection is very personal – Becky was the person who hired me on at RAN.  And she did so in her own inimitable and intense fashion. What I thought was going to be a drawn out process...

Forests and Finance: New Cash for Conflict Palm Oil

RAN briefing finds pending $900 million deal threatens forests, peatlands and communities across Indonesia. Indonesian palm oil firm BW Plantation (BWPT) approved last week a USD $900 million share rights offering in a bid to finance its merger with Green Eagle Holdings (GEH)....

Resistance in the Palm Wine Forests: Our Journey to Nagahulambo Village

We stepped out of the car, and walked to the banks of what was once the rushing Sepingan river. What we saw, instead, was dry riverbed, filled with the trunks of small eucalyptus trees which had washed down the muddy cliffs in the recent rain. This was the river that once fed the rice fields of the people of Nagahulambo village, in North Sumatra. This was just one of the impacts of the destruction of a natural forest can have on the river, and on the people who depend on it. This is the impact the the pulp and paper company Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) is having in the beautiful Toba Lake region of North Sumatra. I had come to North Sumatra to meet with our partners, Kelompok Studi dan Pengemangan Prakarsa Masyarakyat (KSPPM),...

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Remembering Becky Tarbotton, 1973 - 2012

It has been two years since we lost our dear friend Becky Tarbotton, and two years since the environmental movement lost a rare and visionary force. We still miss Becky every day. And we still feel her influence and her energy throughout our offices and throughout all of our work. For me, this connection is very personal – Becky was the person who hired me on at RAN.  And she did so in her own inimitable and intense fashion. What I thought was going to be a drawn out process...

2014: A Breakthrough Year for Protecting Global Forests

2014 will long stand out as a breakthrough moment in RAN’s history. This is the year when our long term work reached a turning point and began to achieve truly systemic change,  transforming the destructive way palm oil is produced, traded and sold worldwide.  We are always cautious and skeptical about corporate commitments, and in many ways the hard work of turning promises into action begins now, but it is fair to say that a new global benchmark has been set for responsible palm oil production in 2014. Significantly, all the major new policies secured this year...

An Urgent Message from Aceh

My name is Wiza, and I’m from Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. I’m working with local communities to protect the endangered forests of the Leuser Ecosystem as our survival and livelihoods depend on it. But everything that I am fighting for could be lost if the new Indonesian President Joko Widodo does not reject a disastrous new land use plan that would drive destructive palm oil and pulp plantations, logging, mining, and poaching in my home province, Aceh. The fate of our people now rests in...

Forests and Finance: New Cash for Conflict Palm Oil

RAN briefing finds pending $900 million deal threatens forests, peatlands and communities across Indonesia. Indonesian palm oil firm BW Plantation (BWPT) approved last week a USD $900 million share rights offering in a bid to finance its merger with Green Eagle Holdings (GEH)....

Resistance in the Palm Wine Forests: Our Journey to Nagahulambo Village

We stepped out of the car, and walked to the banks of what was once the rushing Sepingan river. What we saw, instead, was dry riverbed, filled with the trunks of small eucalyptus trees which had washed down the muddy cliffs in the recent rain. This was the river that once fed the rice fields of the people of Nagahulambo village, in North Sumatra. This was just one of the impacts of the destruction of a natural forest can have on the river, and on the people who depend on it. This is the impact the the pulp and paper company Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) is having in the beautiful Toba Lake region of North Sumatra. I had come to North Sumatra to meet with our partners, Kelompok Studi dan Pengemangan Prakarsa Masyarakyat (KSPPM),...

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2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of a mass movement that dreams big and takes bold action. Back in September, I woke up on a crisp clear New York morning and joined 3,000 people to shut down the city's financial district as a part of Flood Wall Street.  Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions...

2014 in Review: Big Banks Ditch Mountaintop Removal Coal

In 2014, leading global banks began to turn away from financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. For years, RAN and other organizations in Appalachia and around the world have warned banks of the severe human and environmental consequences of financing MTR coal. And finally, banks have begun to respond. This year, building on commitments from two US banks, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, several other banks indicated that they would not finance the largest MTR producers. As of this spring, the French bank BNP Paribas had made a similar commitment,...

Remembering Becky Tarbotton, 1973 - 2012

It has been two years since we lost our dear friend Becky Tarbotton, and two years since the environmental movement lost a rare and visionary force. We still miss Becky every day. And we still feel her influence and her energy throughout our offices and throughout all of our work. For me, this connection is very personal – Becky was the person who hired me on at RAN.  And she did so in her own inimitable and intense fashion. What I thought was going to be a drawn out process...

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 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...

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2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

Posted by 12/26/14

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of a mass movement that dreams big and takes bold action. Back in September, I woke up on a crisp clear New York morning and joined 3,000 people to shut down the city's financial district as a part of Flood Wall Street.  Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions to add urgency to the People’s Climate Mobilization, New York organizers issued an invitation to Flood Wall Street. As both the symbolic and literal epicenter of global capitalism, Wall Street’s main players were to be held accountable for funding the current climate crisis as well as actively opposing organized efforts...   Read more

2014 in Review: Big Banks Ditch Mountaintop Removal Coal

Posted by 12/26/14

In 2014, leading global banks began to turn away from financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. For years, RAN and other organizations in Appalachia and around the world have warned banks of the severe human and environmental consequences of financing MTR coal. And finally, banks have begun to respond. This year, building on commitments from two US banks, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, several other banks indicated that they would not finance the largest MTR producers. As of this spring, the French bank BNP Paribas had made a similar commitment, followed by the UK-based Royal Bank of Scotland in late Spring. Then, in August, the Swiss bank, UBS indicated that it too would no longer finance major MTR producers. Look for more banks to follow suit in early 2015. Also in 2014, the environmental and health impacts of MTR became...   Read more

Remembering Becky Tarbotton, 1973 - 2012

Posted by 12/26/14

It has been two years since we lost our dear friend Becky Tarbotton, and two years since the environmental movement lost a rare and visionary force. We still miss Becky every day. And we still feel her influence and her energy throughout our offices and throughout all of our work. For me, this connection is very personal – Becky was the person who hired me on at RAN.  And she did so in her own inimitable and intense fashion. What I thought was going to be a drawn out process was instead one face-to-face meeting followed by a phone call just hours before I was to board an international flight.  She was offering me a chance to lead the campaign against Cargill and the fight to save the most rapidly disappearing rainforests on the planet. “If you want to take...   Read more

COP 20: Will climate commitments be enough to protect the Peruvian Amazon?

Posted by 12/11/14

  Indigenous Peoples + Territorial Rights = Living Forests! Hundreds of indigenous peoples and their allies to create a human banner parallel to the UN COP20 climate summit to demonstrate the importance of guaranteeing territorial rights in addressing climate change. ©Amazon Watch / Spectral Q — in Lima, Peru. Political leaders from around the world and thousands of government officials, scientists and lobbyists are meeting this week in the Peruvian capital of Lima to discuss solutions for the global climate crisis. One of their priorities is the conservation of natural forests. Forest ecosystems play an important role for the climate, water cycles and soil protection. Trees and soil store enormous amounts of carbon, and up to 20% of yearly greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation. But not far away from...  Read more

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