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President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate and for our communities—and a huge victory for the #NoKXL movement. Now it's time for the president to reject the pipeline once and for all. Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline! President Obama's veto threat is...

RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 San Francisco—In response to the news that President Obama will veto proposed legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Republicans in Congress, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together this movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale network...

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, 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...

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 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...

2014 in Review: Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Terminal Investment

Your voice was heard. For communities of the Pacific Northwest, 2014 started off with some good news. On January 7, Goldman Sachs sold off its share in SSA Marine, the corporation behind a colossal coal export terminal proposal near Bellingham, Washington that threatens to ruin the rich biodiversity and unique cultural legacy found in the region. If built, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would be the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country, with up to 18 mile-long coal trains traveling through local communities every day and nearly 48 million tons of coal exported to Asian markets each year.  Goldman Sachs’ move away from SSA Marine and their coal terminal came after coal companies and their proponents tabled or dropped three out of six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest in the previous two years. And it would not have happened...

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)....

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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...

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...

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...

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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! 

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Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

Posted by 01/09/15

For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org San Francisco—In response to today’s ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This decision does nothing to alter the fundamental facts on Keystone. Not only does the pipeline present dire threats to Indigenous communities, ranchers, and the Ogallala aquifer, it miserably fails the administration’s own climate test. The millions of people who have joined the movement to stop this pipeline are looking to President Obama right now to choose the only option compatible with a stable climate: immediate rejection.”##   Read more

President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Posted by 01/07/15

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate and for our communities—and a huge victory for the #NoKXL movement. Now it's time for the president to reject the pipeline once and for all. Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline! President Obama's veto threat is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists like you who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together our movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale...   Read more

RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat

Posted by 01/06/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 San Francisco—In response to the news that President Obama will veto proposed legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Republicans in Congress, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together this movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale network ready to do whatever it takes to win a rejection on Keystone. It’s an important day for the climate and for communities when the President decides to side with the people over the fossil fuel corporations who are wrecking our climate for profit.”Rainforest Action Network has been fighting the Keystone...   Read more

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

Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

Posted by 01/09/15

For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org San Francisco—In response to today’s ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This decision does nothing to alter the fundamental facts on Keystone. Not only does the pipeline present dire threats to Indigenous communities, ranchers, and the Ogallala aquifer, it miserably fails the administration’s own climate test. The millions of people who have joined the movement to stop this pipeline are looking to President Obama right now to choose the only option compatible with a stable climate: immediate rejection.”##   Read more

President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Posted by 01/07/15

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate and for our communities—and a huge victory for the #NoKXL movement. Now it's time for the president to reject the pipeline once and for all. Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline! President Obama's veto threat is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists like you who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together our movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale...   Read more

RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat

Posted by 01/06/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 San Francisco—In response to the news that President Obama will veto proposed legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Republicans in Congress, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This is a testament to the dedication and resolve of millions of grassroots activists who have for years fought to stop this pipeline, against all odds. Together this movement has marched, written letters, sat in at the White House and along the route of the pipeline, and self-organized a large-scale network ready to do whatever it takes to win a rejection on Keystone. It’s an important day for the climate and for communities when the President decides to side with the people over the fossil fuel corporations who are wrecking our climate for profit.”Rainforest Action Network has been fighting the Keystone...   Read more

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

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