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

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...

Big Fashion Put on Notice for Forest Destruction

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,...

Naming Names: Forest Destroyers for Clothing

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...

One Step Closer: Saving the Leuser Ecosystem

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...

REVEL = FOMO

For those of you who don’t know what REVEL is, it is a night of revelry to celebrate the year’s accomplishments at Rainforest Action Network. It is a night where friends gather, where new friends are made, and where activism meets exhilaration....

Challenging Corporate Power at the Biggest Climate March in History

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...

RAN responds to the UN Climate Summit 2014

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 thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local communities who have been creating effective solutions for maintaining forests for years. It is time for globally binding commitments, the recognition of the traditional and customary rights of forest-dependent communities, and the actionable enforcement of these policies. Real and coordinated global commitments are...

The Proximity of Hope at the UN Climate Summit

The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local communities who have been creating effective solutions for maintaining forests for years. It is time for globally binding commitments, the recognition of the traditional and customary rights of forest-dependent communities, and the actionable enforcement of these policies. Real and coordinated global commitments are needed to address the underlying drivers of...

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All Eyes on PepsiCo: Will it Come Clean or Keep Trafficking Conflict Palm Oil?

PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. But it continues to fall farther and farther behind its peers by refusing to close major gaps in its commitments and adopt a truly responsible palm oil policy.PepsiCo uses an immense amount of palm oil, enough palm oil every year to fill Pepsi cans full of it to circle the earth four times at the equator. Put another way, the tropical land base needed to feed PepsiCo’s global appetite for palm oil each year is a quarter million acres...

San Francisco Activists Confront the Fashion 15

Earlier this morning, activists staged a protest in downtown San Francisco to call attention to forest destruction for fabric. Activists are visiting Fashion 15 companies throughout the city, demanding that companies get forest destruction out of their fabric. Dressed as fashion models, and wielding toy chain saws, activists staged street theater events outside of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 and Abercrombie & Fitch. Marching from store to store, a team of about 20 staged runway shows, did photo shoots, stickered clothing tags, and handed out information. Each...

A Halloween Trick for Pepsi

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday more than Pepsi is today. See, the marketing folks over at Pepsi have been trying all week to promote their holiday hashtag #LetsGetSpooky. You, all of us at RAN, and thousands around the world know what’s really spooky -- the deforestation and human rights abuses associated with PepsiCo’s use of Conflict Palm Oil. It’s spooky, it’s scary, it’s downright evil stuff. And right now, Conflict Palm Oil is in PepsiCo’s snacks which are sold in over 200 countries. We’ve been telling Pepsi to cut this scary ingredient for over...

An Ode to Real Food

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...

Time is running out for PepsiCo and the Snack Food 20

In the past two weeks we have made history. We have seen the biggest climate rallies take place on the streets of over 150 countries. People are united by one truth: climate change is happening, it is affecting communities now and time is running out to take action to avoid the tipping point to dangerous climate change. Momentum is building and people are united in efforts to take on the biggest polluters: commodity producers that are destroying the ecosystems that regulate our climate and the fossil fuel industry. One year ago, RAN exposed the role that 20 of the world biggest snack food companies play in driving climate change through their use of Conflict Palm Oil. Since then half of these companies including Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Hershey's, ConAgra Foods, Smuckers, Dunkin Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have adopted new commitments to cut the destruction of rainforests...

One Step Closer: Saving the Leuser Ecosystem

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...

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RAN responds to the UN Climate Summit 2014

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 thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global...

The Proximity of Hope at the UN Climate Summit

The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to be commended for initiating this effort. However, we are past the point where non-binding declarations from governments and corporations will have the forceful and immediate impact necessary to avert the imminent crisis we face. It is time for action. It is time for global officials to learn from Indigenous and local...

Challenge Corporate Power in the streets of NYC

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 —...

People's Climate March Logistics in NYC

The air is thick with excitement and people-power as thousands and thousands are heading to New York to join in the People’s Climate March on Sunday.   Rainforest Action Network staff and friends will be organizing the “Challenge Corporate Power” contingent at the march to...

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Be a Part of the Biggest Climate March in History

On September 21, New York City will see the biggest climate march in history. Be a part of it! You know the deadly effects of climate change: more storms like Superstorm Sandy in New York, and Typhoon Haiyan in...

The Coal Industry is Getting Desperate

The coal industry’s mouthpieces in Washington are getting desperate. This week, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) had this to say about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for power plants: “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a lot of different ways.”1 Here’s a good rule of thumb in political debate: when someone invokes terrorism out of the blue, you know they’ve lost the argument.   Because the environmental movement has it right — pollution from coal-fired power plants kills communities and cooks our climate. That’s why the EPA’s long-overdue carbon standards, announced last month, are so important. This new rule is a welcome step, but we need more. Tell the EPA to strengthen its limits on carbon pollution from power plants. We already limit...

No U.S. Funding for Coal Plants Abroad

The coal lobby's best friend in the Senate is trying to roll back progress on stopping climate change.  West Virginia Democrat and “mouthpiece for the coal industry” Joe Manchin is trying to undo a new rule that would limit the use of U.S. tax dollars to finance dirty coal plants around the world. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is currently weighing whether or not to allow Manchin to attach his pro-coal amendment to existing legislation. Tell Harry Reid: No U.S. tax dollars for dirty coal plants abroad!It all has to do with a federal bank you've probably never heard of, the Export-Import Bank. The Export-Import Bank provides financing for U.S. businesses operating internationally, and up until now has been a huge funder of fossil fuel development around the globe. Under President Obama, the bank has financed more...

Ryan's World

In late June, a team of RAN staff travelled to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada to participate in the Tar Sands Healing Walk, which is organized and hosted by members of the local First Nations Communities. Walking amidst the tar sands destruction was a humbling and powerful experience. This blog post is one of a series, sharing our impressions and reflections. "For of the last stage of this cultural development, it might well be truly said: 'Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved.'" – Max Weber Eyes watering from the polluted air, I walked past a beach of toxic sand alongside a tar sands tailings pond. Cannons blasted several times each minute to warn off birds. Spanning a mile...

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Long Live the Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 11/11/14

Of all the special places on earth that are deserving of protection, there is one in particular—Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem on the north tip of Sumatra—that Rainforest Action Network has decided to double down and defend, and we hope you will join us to do so too. At 6.5 million acres, the Leuser Ecosystem is a world unto itself—a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peat swamps. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place where orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side. But the Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Despite being protected under Indonesian national law, massive industrial development for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations and mining threaten the entire ecosystem, as well as the continued wellbeing of...   Read more

All Eyes on PepsiCo: Will it Come Clean or Keep Trafficking Conflict Palm Oil?

Posted by 11/10/14

PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. But it continues to fall farther and farther behind its peers by refusing to close major gaps in its commitments and adopt a truly responsible palm oil policy.PepsiCo uses an immense amount of palm oil, enough palm oil every year to fill Pepsi cans full of it to circle the earth four times at the equator. Put another way, the tropical land base needed to feed PepsiCo’s global appetite for palm oil each year is a quarter million acres of land, most of which used to be rainforest. PepsiCo’s customers around the planet have clearly communicated their demands for the company to take action, and its peers – including half of the Snack Food 20 companies targeted by RAN - have shown it can be done. The only thing...   Read more

Fabulous Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Big Fashion’s Front Door

Posted by 11/06/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 6th 2014 ***Colorful high-resolution images of red carpet runway protest available here CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Activist models stage elaborate red carpet demo at storefronts of fashion brands implicated in forest destruction, rights abuse San Francisco, CA – Today, shoppers in San Francisco’s central shopping district saw a different kind of fashion show when eight models in red dresses paraded down a red carpet catwalk in front of Prada, Victoria Secret and other storefronts waving placards, banners and mock chainsaws. The voguing women were using a playful medium to call attention to a serious message: many of the biggest names in the fashion industry are making their clothes at the expense of forest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution. The activists and supporters present were part of Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) Out of Fashion...   Read more

A Halloween Trick for Pepsi

Posted by 10/31/14

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday more than Pepsi is today. See, the marketing folks over at Pepsi have been trying all week to promote their holiday...   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

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