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Press Release: Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers

Posted by 09/19/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 19th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers Moratorium on forest clearance for palm oil plantations a ‘step in the right direction,’ RAN says companies must now stop the bulldozers for good and convince suppliers to do the same. SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over their “talk and log initiative,” known as the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, five of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil have announced a commitment to temporarily halt the clearance of critical forest areas in their own palm oil plantation concessions during a year long study. The Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto was launched by these 5 companies, namely Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Group Corporation Berhad, Musim Mas Group, Asian Agri, and Cargill International in July 2014. The initiative was criticized by...   Read more

Diet for a Healthy Planet

Posted by 09/17/14

Will the U.S. Government finally weigh the climate impacts of our food choices when determining official recommendations on what Americans should be eating?   All eyes are on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this week. For the first time ever, these U.S. agencies are determining what constitutes a diet that’s not only healthy for our bodies, but good for our planet too. This means figuring out how to integrate ecological...   Read more

Press Release: Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil

Posted by 09/17/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil RAN welcomes commitments from donut giants as a ‘step in the right direction’ but says thorough, rapid implementation is needed to address the urgent crisis and eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from products globally. SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over their use of the controversial food additive Conflict Palm Oil, Dunkin’ Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have joined a growing global trend and released new palm oil sourcing commitments. These announcements are notable as both commitments go beyond the often-criticized standards of  “sustainable” palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). “Dunkin’ Brands and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts have taken a step in the right direction. For communities, plantation workers and the endangered species threatened by palm oil expansion, what matters now...   Read more

Be a Part of the Biggest Climate March in History

Posted by 08/21/14

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 Philippines. More droughts like the one right now in California, and fires like the ones that have been engulfing the Western U.S. every summer. Farmland drying up and sea levels rising, which means hunger and displacement for many of the world’s poorest people. Now more than ever, we need to show decision-makers that climate change is a planetary emergency, and that we can't wait any longer for serious action to stop climate chaos. That's why next month, when President Obama and other world leaders gather for a crucial climate summit at the United Nations, the global climate movement will greet them with the largest climate...  Read more

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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 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...   Read more

The Proximity of Hope at the UN Climate Summit

Posted by 09/23/14

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...   Read more

RAN Responds to Cargill's Forest Pledge

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 The following is a statement from Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Lindsey Allen in response to the pledge today by Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan to protect forests in all of Cargill's agricultural supply chains and to endorse The New York Declaration on Forests. "Today's deforestation pledge by Cargill’s CEO is a welcome commitment and marks an important new course for the company. Rainforest Action Network has been actively pressuring Cargill for the last seven years on deforestation issues and human rights abuses in its supply chain, and these issues have been of growing concern for many of Cargill's biggest food manufacturer clients as well. RAN looks forward to opportunities to engage with Cargill as they move forward over the next few months to translate this pledge into effective policies – and...   Read more

#FloodWallStreet

Posted by 09/22/14

Today, a day after the biggest climate march in history, #FloodWallStreet showed the climate movement's power, focus and commitment.  Underlining Wall Street's role in driving the climate crisis, thousands of...   Read more

People's Climate March Logistics in NYC

Posted by 09/20/14

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 send the message that winning the fight against global warming means challenging corporations that put profits before people and the planet. If you are going to be in New York too, we’d love to march together with you. Here are the essential details. Challenge Corporate Power contingentSunday September 21stCentral Park West between 79th and 80th streets (look for the RAN banners)Join us at the meet-up point between 8am and 11amMarch starts at 11:30am Hashtag: #ChallengeCorporatePower (Once our contingent fills up, people will be re-directed to the back of the march so come early if you want to be guaranteed...  Read more

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