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Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters

At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We had a box packed with information cards calling on Nissin Foods to cut Conflict Palm Oil, we had our banner, freshly painted from the night before and of course, we had “Strawberry”, our charismatic orangutan costume, waiting by the door. We had planned to get to the gates of the Nissin Foods headquarters in Los Angeles, CA at 6:30am so we could greet staff upon their arrival. This headquarters is ground zero in our efforts...

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren...

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a...

Fresh Protest Brings Deforestation, Human Rights Concerns to Ralph Lauren Store

Demonstrators gathered outside SF storefront after recent Corporate Citizenship Report ignores major human rights and environmental risks in company’s fabric supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Activists gathered today outside of a San Francisco Ralph Lauren store, calling on the fashion giant to do more to cut deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain. Creating a festive event by handing out balloons to passersby printed with a brand jam of the company’s iconic logo turned into a saw blade, today’s event was one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against controversial fabrics like rayon and viscose. Tens of thousands of American shoppers have directly contacted Ralph Lauren to call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of forest-sourced fabrics and to ask the company to...

Conflict Palm Oil In An Instant: Activists Call On Instant Noodle Giant to Clean Up Its Supply Chain

Protesters gather outside corporate headquarters in wake of recent report calling out popular instant noodle companies as ‘worst performing’ laggards among the ‘Snack Food 20’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran. San Francisco, CA – Today, activists took action outside of Nissin Foods Holdings’ corporate office in Los Angeles, California, sending a direct communication to the instant noodle giant that it must do more to cut Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain. Today’s event at Nissin Foods is one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against the controversial ingredient, as more and more American’s call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of Conflict Palm Oil. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) recently released a new progress report, titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil, ranking the relative strength of palm oil commitments made since the...

Over 670,000 call on Ex-Im Bank to reject controversial Australian coal project

Abbot Point coal export terminal would harm Great Barrier Reef, worsen global climate change Photos from today’s petition delivery: http://bit.ly/1N2SjAu Washington, D.C.—Activists from a coalition of environmental groups delivered over 670,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) today to call on the bank to publicly reject financing for the controversial Carmichael coal mining and export project in Australia. Activists rallied in front of Ex-Im Bank headquarters wearing blue clothing and clownfish hats and holding a coral reef-themed banner to demand that U.S. taxpayer dollars not be used to bankroll the project, which threatens Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, as well as the global climate. If built, the Carmichael coal mine, along with an associated export terminal at Abbot Point, would dramatically increase coal production and exports from Australia's Galilee Basin, one of the largest stores of coal on the planet. The plan for...

Photo Blog: Journey to the Incense Forests

One of my favorite parts of my job is the time I spend visiting communities at the frontlines of the forest movement. These are the people I find the most inspiring – the people who not only go to their rice, or coffee, or rubber fields everyday, but also spend their nights in meetings, their few spare hours in protest. These are the people who face threats of violence – or death – from the companies and their henchmen. They are the one who spend a substantial portion of their incomes on transportation to the cities, where they hold protests and meet with decision makers.

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Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters

At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We had a box packed with information cards calling on Nissin Foods to cut Conflict Palm Oil, we had our banner, freshly painted from the night before and of course, we had “Strawberry”, our charismatic orangutan costume, waiting by the door. We had planned to get to the gates of the Nissin Foods headquarters in Los Angeles, CA at 6:30am so we could greet staff upon their arrival. This headquarters is ground zero in our efforts...

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren...

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a LOT of Conflict Palm Oil. Rainforest Action Network recently release a report titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil that exposed Maruchan, and its parent company Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., as the ‘worst performing’ laggard in the race to cut Conflict Palm Oil from the supply chains...

Photo Blog: Journey to the Incense Forests

One of my favorite parts of my job is the time I spend visiting communities at the frontlines of the forest movement. These are the people I find the most inspiring – the people who not only go to their rice, or coffee, or rubber fields everyday, but also spend their nights in meetings, their few spare hours in protest. These are the people who face threats of violence – or death – from the companies and their henchmen. They are the one who spend a substantial portion of their incomes on transportation to the cities, where they hold protests and meet with decision makers.

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Stop the fossil fuel industry's vision of the future

Today, we’re launching a new project to envision a climate-stable future — and brainstorm the strategies to make that vision a reality. Will you help us Change the Course? Today, the climate movement is full of unprecedented energy and momentum. Together, we’re marching in the streets and working to shift our institutions away from fossil fuels. We’re fighting coal exports, fracking, oil trains, and dirty energy in our communities. And, of course, we’re ready to engage in...

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 top 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 top 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...

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...

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Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters

Posted by 06/29/15

At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We had a box packed with information cards calling on Nissin Foods to cut Conflict Palm Oil, we had our banner, freshly painted from the night before and of course, we had “Strawberry”, our charismatic orangutan costume, waiting by the door. We had planned to get to the gates of the Nissin Foods headquarters in Los Angeles, CA at 6:30am so we could greet staff upon their arrival. This headquarters is ground zero in our efforts to cut Conflict Palm Oil as it is where the majority of the country’s Top Ramen and Cup Noodle are made, products at risk of containing this controversial ingredient.   Nissin Foods is one of the Snack Food 20, a group of...   Read more

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

Posted by 06/26/15

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren must update the report with specific language to eliminate controversy and protect forests and communities in a meaningful way. In order to deliver this message, ten RAN activists protest in front Ralph Lauren’s store in San Francisco. We handed out balloons...   Read more

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Posted by 06/25/15

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a LOT of Conflict Palm Oil. Rainforest Action Network recently release a report titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil that exposed Maruchan, and its parent company Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., as the ‘worst performing’ laggard in the race to cut Conflict Palm Oil from the supply chains...   Read more

Fresh Protest Brings Deforestation, Human Rights Concerns to Ralph Lauren Store

Posted by 06/24/15

Demonstrators gathered outside SF storefront after recent Corporate Citizenship Report ignores major human rights and environmental risks in company’s fabric supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Activists gathered today outside of a San Francisco Ralph Lauren store, calling on the fashion giant to do more to cut deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain. Creating a festive event by handing out balloons to passersby printed with a brand jam of the company’s iconic logo turned into a saw blade, today’s event was one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against controversial fabrics like rayon and viscose. Tens of thousands of American shoppers have directly contacted Ralph Lauren to call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of forest-sourced fabrics and to ask the company to...  Read more

Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters

Posted by 06/29/15

At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We had a box packed with information cards calling on Nissin Foods to cut Conflict Palm Oil, we had our banner, freshly painted from the night before and of course, we had “Strawberry”, our charismatic orangutan costume, waiting by the door. We had planned to get to the gates of the Nissin Foods headquarters in Los Angeles, CA at 6:30am so we could greet staff upon their arrival. This headquarters is ground zero in our efforts to cut Conflict Palm Oil as it is where the majority of the country’s Top Ramen and Cup Noodle are made, products at risk of containing this controversial ingredient.   Nissin Foods is one of the Snack Food 20, a group of...   Read more

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

Posted by 06/26/15

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren must update the report with specific language to eliminate controversy and protect forests and communities in a meaningful way. In order to deliver this message, ten RAN activists protest in front Ralph Lauren’s store in San Francisco. We handed out balloons...   Read more

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Posted by 06/25/15

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a LOT of Conflict Palm Oil. Rainforest Action Network recently release a report titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil that exposed Maruchan, and its parent company Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., as the ‘worst performing’ laggard in the race to cut Conflict Palm Oil from the supply chains...   Read more

Fresh Protest Brings Deforestation, Human Rights Concerns to Ralph Lauren Store

Posted by 06/24/15

Demonstrators gathered outside SF storefront after recent Corporate Citizenship Report ignores major human rights and environmental risks in company’s fabric supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Activists gathered today outside of a San Francisco Ralph Lauren store, calling on the fashion giant to do more to cut deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain. Creating a festive event by handing out balloons to passersby printed with a brand jam of the company’s iconic logo turned into a saw blade, today’s event was one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against controversial fabrics like rayon and viscose. Tens of thousands of American shoppers have directly contacted Ralph Lauren to call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of forest-sourced fabrics and to ask the company to...  Read more

Inside Look: RAN Protest at CFDA Awards

Posted by 06/12/15

Last week, activists on the Out of Fashion campaign made a huge splash by calling out Ralph Lauren in person and online. Activists demanded that the company get rainforest destruction...   Read more

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