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

Posted by 10/28/14

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...   Read more

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

Posted by 10/28/14

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...   Read more

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

Posted by 10/27/14

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...   Read more

One Step Closer: Saving the Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 10/02/14

This week an important milestone was reached in the effort to save portions of the precious Leuser Ecosytsem in Indonesia. Covering over 6 million acres of intact lowland and mountainous rainforests The Leuser is considered by many scientists and conservationists to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia.  It is home to the densest population of orangutans left anywhere, and is the last place on earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears share the same habitat. This fragile and irreplaceable ecosystem and the extraordinary life it supports are imminently threatened by industrial development. One of the biggest threats has been the expansion of illegal palm oil plantations within the boundaries of the Leuser Protected Ecosystem. However, local organizations and communities have been fighting back by working to physically remove 25,000 acres of illegal plantations from within the boundaries of Leuser. The...  Read more

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An Ode to Real Food

Posted by 10/24/14

This week over five thousand colorful events are taking place in communities across the country to celebrate National Food Day, a project of Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI). National Food Day mobilizes people at every step of the food system and aims to promote healthier diets, support local and organic farms, reduce hunger and improve access to food, end factory farming to protect animal rights and the environment and support fair working conditions for farm workers. Given the current state of our food system and it’s reliance on large scale industrial agriculture, there is a lot of work to be done in each of these realms. In honor of Food Day I want to highlight some examples of the inspiring work our allies are doing in the world to break America’s addiction to packaged, processed, refined...   Read more

Tell KLK to Leave Collingwood Bay Now!

Posted by 10/22/14

This guest blog has been authored by Lester Seri of Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea. He is one of many local residents fiercely resisting KLK's attempted landgrab of the community's forests.   My name is Lester Seri, and I am a Maisin landowner in Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea. I come from the Wofun Clan, belonging to the Wo Ari Kawo tribe, and I have been mandated by the Wo Ari Kawo Elders to speak on behalf of them on Tribal land matters. I am writing to you today because the people of Collingwood Bay urgently need you to support our struggle.  My people - the Maisin people - along with our neighboring communities in Collingwood Bay have been fighting to protect our customary lands from illegal land grabs for logging and palm oil development for...   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

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

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

Posted by 10/28/14

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...   Read more

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

Posted by 10/28/14

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...   Read more

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

Posted by 10/27/14

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...   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...   Read more

Challenge Corporate Power in the streets of NYC

Posted by 09/21/14

Early Sunday morning RAN joined the hundreds of thousands of people making their voice heard world wide. RAN's message of the day was Challenge Corporate Power! Prepping the #ChallengeCorporatePower bloc! #PeoplesClimate @RAN pic.twitter.com/OmM0hkjOBH — Chelsea Matthews (@ChelsMatthews) September 21, 2014 #ChallengeCorporatePower bloc looking good Tim @dechristopher here to march too @RAN pic.twitter.com/C9iZF0jlxm — Amanda *$ (@Starbuck) September 21, 2014 Chris Noth @Starbuck leading #PeoplesClimateMarch #ClimateAction #ChallengeCorporatePower #FloodWallStreet pic.twitter.com/mBko7sG2wG — RAN (@RAN) September 21, 2014 .@RAN marches at #PeoplesClimate to #ChallengeCorporatePower - with over 300,000 people from around the world! pic.twitter.com/SsmFocCde3 — Laurel Sutherlin (@LaurelSutherlin) September 21, 2014 No more conflict palm oil @pepsico Read more

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Groups to Bank of America: Don't Finance Great Barrier Reef Destruction

Posted by 10/30/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2014   contact: Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 Joe Smyth, Greenpeace, 831-566-5647, joe.smyth@greenpeace.org Groups to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction Australian coal port threatens global climate, Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—An international coalition of groups called on Bank of America to rule out financing the controversial Abbot Point coal port in Queensland, Australia, days after three major U.S. investment banks pledged to steer clear of the project. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs all issued public-facing statements vowing not to 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....   Read more

Student Action Leader Tools

Posted by 10/29/14

Our hard work truly is paying off. Just this past year we've turned the heat up and many major global corporations have committed to stop destroying forests and violating human rights for palm oil. But PepsiCo, one of the biggest globally distributed snack food companies, still refuses to adopt a truly responsible palm oil policy. That's where you come in. During the Fall 2014 semester, Student Action Leaders will play a crucial role in our efforts to cut Conflict Palm Oil from our food supply. Every year, PepsiCo pours millions of dollars into advertising its products to young people through sleek marketing campaigns like #LiveForNow and through beverage contracts and sponsorships of high school and university campuses and sports teams. PepsiCo cares deeply about what young people think of its products and because of this, students have an incredible amount of power to demand change from PepsiCo. Read more

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

Posted by 10/28/14

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...   Read more

Tell KLK to Leave Collingwood Bay Now!

Posted by 10/22/14

This guest blog has been authored by Lester Seri of Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea. He is one of many local residents fiercely resisting KLK's attempted landgrab of the...   Read more

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

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