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Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents...

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. The Palm Oil Action Leaders are...

Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells. PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts...

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining

After years of pressure on Bank of America, they just announced a new coal mining policy: “Our new policy … reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.”1 Translation: Bank of America is dumping coal mining! This is a huge moment. Bank of America has gone from being the worst bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. It’s the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by RAN, our many front-line allies — and by you and all of RAN’s supporters in this fight. So, thank you for everything you’ve done. Now, we have to hold Bank of America to its word by rigorously monitoring their implementation of this policy. And second, we have to push other banks to meet or...

Bank of America Campaign Timeline

Bank of America has gone from being the worst bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. That's the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), our many front-line allies — and by you and all of RAN's supporters in this fight. So, thank you for everything you've done! Here's a snapshot of the past four years. March 2011 RAN warns six banks, including Bank of America, that we are preparing to launch a campaign, by serving "On Notice" orders to "Cease and Desist" their financing of coal. July 2011 We announce our Bank of America campaign with a "Billionaires for Coal" protest at a San Francisco branch of the bank. August 2011 In an advocacy meeting,...

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining in sweeping new policy

Bank once labeled “Bank of Coal” announces broad commitment scaling down financial involvement in coal mining globally Charlotte, NC—Bank of America unveiled a new global coal mining policy today committing to reduce exposure to coal mining companies across the board. Bank of America’s Andrew Plepler announced the new policy at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting this morning in Charlotte, stating, "With regard to coal, over the past several years we have been gradually and consistently reducing our credit exposure to companies focused on coal mining. Our new policy...reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.” The policy change comes after four years of campaigning from Rainforest Action Network and other groups, and is the strongest policy of its kind to date.“Today’s announcement from Bank of America truly represents a sea change: it acknowledges the responsibility that...

Don't Let Big Food Prevail Over Science

Who will win the battle for 2015 Dietary Guidelines that benefit our planet and our health -- Science or Big Food's profit-driven special interests?

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Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?That’s not what Earth Day is about. Earth Day was born out of action -- not...

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Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents...

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. The Palm Oil Action Leaders are...

Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells. PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts...

Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?That’s not what Earth Day is about. Earth Day was born out of action -- not slogans.     Through the vision of anti-war and environmental activists, Earth Day sprang to life in 1970 across colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and countless communities across the country. On that day, more than 20 million people took action and took the streets to support the planet.Earth Day is about saying enough is enough. We must take meaningful action now. So today I’m asking you to join us in our most important actions to preserve our forests, protect our climate and defend the human rights of...

Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Happy Anniversary! Today marks two years since we launched our campaign on the Snack Food 20 and PepsiCo. Because of the unrelenting efforts of activists like you, we have reached a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players have announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments, and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. But more needs to be done to drive real change on the ground. Now, it’s time to #ChangeQuaker in grocery store aisles across America! Starting today, you can join hundreds of activists across the country who are re-branding the shelves displaying Quaker Chewy Granola bars to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Can we count on you to amplify their actions? Support the...

Forest-Friendly Alternative Fabrics

At RAN, it isn’t our place to tell you what fabrics to buy. Really. All fabrics have impacts, and we aren’t experts in every fabric out there. What we believe is that clothing companies should trace their supply chains, eliminate controversial fiber and suppliers, create policies to ensure they never purchase controversial fiber again, and -- ideally -- join us in the fight to make their industry more sustainable.

#ChangeQuaker in Snack Food Aisles Across America!

PepsiCo, and its brand Quaker, spends huge amounts of money on advertising every year, trying to convince moms and dads that Quaker is a brand that we can trust, yet they are unwilling to spend a few extra pennies to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions.

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BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining

After years of pressure on Bank of America, they just announced a new coal mining policy: “Our new policy … reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.”1 Translation: Bank of America is dumping coal mining! This is a huge moment. Bank of America has gone from being the worst bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. It’s the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by RAN, our many front-line allies — and by you and all of RAN’s...

Bank of America Campaign Timeline

Bank of America has gone from being the worst bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. That's the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), our many front-line allies — and by you and all of RAN's supporters in this fight. So, thank you for everything you've done! Here's a snapshot of the past four years. March 2011 RAN warns six banks, including Bank of America, that we are preparing to launch a campaign, by serving "On Notice" orders to "Cease and Desist" their...

Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?That’s not what Earth Day is about. Earth Day was born out of action -- not slogans.     Through the vision of anti-war and environmental activists, Earth Day sprang to life in 1970 across colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and countless communities across the country. On that day, more than 20 million people took action and took the streets to support the planet.Earth Day is about saying enough is enough. We must take meaningful action now. So today I’m asking you to join us in our most important actions to preserve our forests, protect our climate and defend the human rights of...

Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced”.1 Never again. The president can help ensure there are no more disasters like the Deepwater Horizon — and establish his climate legacy at the same time. Call on President Obama to stop leasing our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry. The Gulf Coast is still suffering. The 170,000 workers who cleaned up the spill are at greater risk for cancer, and kidney and liver disease.2 Last year, dolphins and whales off the Louisiana coast died at four times the usual rates.3 And 10...

Gulf Residents Occupy BP HQ Ahead of Gulf Oil Disaster 5-Year Mark

A group of Gulf Coast residents staged a sit-in style occupation this morning inside the main entrance to BP’s Houston headquarters. The activists said this is the first of many demonstrations yet to come across the Gulf South leading up to the April 20th five year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed eleven workers and spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. We have wrapped up our live blog. Thanks for joining us! More events are happening this week. Click here for the full list of events during Gulf South Rising Week of Action. See below & check out RAN's Twitter account for more.   Got out of jail this morn after sitting in at BP. They cuffed us once we put our signs in window for all to see. BP cares about PR. #BPlies...

Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef

The U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank wants to finance a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk. We are calling on Fred Hochberg, Chair of the Export-Import Bank, to stop the destruction.Click the links below to send a tweet and...

Guest Blog: Patrick Robbins, Sane Energy Project

The message below comes to you from Patrick Robbins, an ally and activist working to promote wind power for Long Island's energy future for the following petition. Sometimes you have a choice that’s just a no-brainer....

Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal port expansion — a deal that would wreck the Reef and cook the climate! Now it’s time to...

RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline

For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org EPA gives the president everything he needs to reject Keystone In response to comments by the Environmental Protection Agency released today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone...

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Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 05/13/15

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents evidence that supplier – PT Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) – is clearing land in the Leuser Ecosystem as of April 30, 2015. The forests that have been destroyed were important High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests located in one of the most important areas of lowland rainforest left on...   Read more

New RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum Falls Short

Posted by 05/06/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org More reforms needed to address deforestation, climate impacts, human and labor rights issues in the palm oil industry San Francisco, CA -- The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced today that it is working on a set of additional guidelines on deforestation, peatland development and  Indigenous Peoples’ rights that its grower members can voluntarily apply to their plantations. However, these voluntary new guidelines, called RSPO+, will not apply to all members and do not aim to address the other weaknesses of the RSPO system, such as its auditing, accountability and enforcement mechanisms. The existing RSPO standard, called the Principles and Criteria, was passed in April of 2013. Since that time, outrage from civil society at the RSPO’s continued allowance of deforestation and clearance of peatlands within certified operations, as well as its failure to resolve...   Read more

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

Posted by 05/06/15

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a diverse crew of folks, unified by their passion for stopping the destruction caused by Conflict Palm Oil. Some are seasoned activists, and others first time organizers, they range in age from 70 to 12 years old, and are based all across the country, from Boston, to the Twin Cities,...   Read more

Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

Posted by 05/06/15

For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells. PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts the global trade in palm oil. A strong commitment to ending deforestation, protecting human rights, and eliminating social ills like land grabs and child and forced labor will fundamentally change the way palm oil is produced in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Latin America. A weak commitment riddled with loopholes...  Read more

Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 05/13/15

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents evidence that supplier – PT Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) – is clearing land in the Leuser Ecosystem as of April 30, 2015. The forests that have been destroyed were important High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests located in one of the most important areas of lowland rainforest left on...   Read more

New RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum Falls Short

Posted by 05/06/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org More reforms needed to address deforestation, climate impacts, human and labor rights issues in the palm oil industry San Francisco, CA -- The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced today that it is working on a set of additional guidelines on deforestation, peatland development and  Indigenous Peoples’ rights that its grower members can voluntarily apply to their plantations. However, these voluntary new guidelines, called RSPO+, will not apply to all members and do not aim to address the other weaknesses of the RSPO system, such as its auditing, accountability and enforcement mechanisms. The existing RSPO standard, called the Principles and Criteria, was passed in April of 2013. Since that time, outrage from civil society at the RSPO’s continued allowance of deforestation and clearance of peatlands within certified operations, as well as its failure to resolve...   Read more

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

Posted by 05/06/15

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a diverse crew of folks, unified by their passion for stopping the destruction caused by Conflict Palm Oil. Some are seasoned activists, and others first time organizers, they range in age from 70 to 12 years old, and are based all across the country, from Boston, to the Twin Cities,...   Read more

Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

Posted by 05/06/15

For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells. PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts the global trade in palm oil. A strong commitment to ending deforestation, protecting human rights, and eliminating social ills like land grabs and child and forced labor will fundamentally change the way palm oil is produced in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Latin America. A weak commitment riddled with loopholes...  Read more

Don't Let Big Food Prevail Over Science

Posted by 05/01/15

Who will prevail in the battle over the 2015 Dietary Guidelines? Those waging science in the pursuit of guidelines that benefit our planet and our health, or Big Food's profit-driven...   Read more

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