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RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline

For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org EPA gives the president everything he needs to reject Keystone In response to comments by the Environmental Protection Agency released today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “The EPA’s comments today on Keystone XL confirm what we’ve long known to be true: that this pipeline would be an utter disaster for the climate. For a president who has pledged to reject the pipeline if it fails the...

Don’t let Big Coal destroy the Great Barrier Reef

Thanks to your pressure, several of the world’s largest banks have said “no” to financing a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk.1 But now, news reports have revealed that the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank is considering financing this destructive project.2 Tell the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank -- don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef! This is an outrage: The U.S. government should be investing in climate solutions, not throwing coal...

PepsiCo needs a Time Out

PepsiCo needs a Time Out. Between now and the end of February, Palm Oil Activists around the world are putting PepsiCo in a Time Out until it cuts Conflict Palm Oil. Why a Time Out? PepsiCo is acting like a stubborn child - one who wants all the toys (or profits) but none of the responsibility. We need your help to hold PepsiCo to account. PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo’s continued unwillingness to...

Setting the Record Straight on PepsiCo’s Lackluster Palm Oil Commitment

  By any measure, 2014 was a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players announced groundbreaking global responsible palm oil policies that go above and beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and pledge to eliminate deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. While major work remains to truly implement these newly achieved commitments into real change on the ground, there also remain major corporate laggards who have so far failed to raise their standards to the new global benchmark for responsible palm oil production set by their peers. Chief among these holdouts is PepsiCo, a company that uses so much palm oil annually it could fill soda cans...

Constant Conflict? Unresolved Land Disputes Still Haunt Asia Pulp and Paper

On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain Nearly two years after Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) made groundbreaking commitments to transform its notoriously destructive business practices, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has partnered with one international and nine local Indonesian allies to produce a report that documents the company’s performance in meeting its social responsibility promises. Recent on-the-ground research in 17 Indonesian communities affected by APP reveal significant APP policy implementation problems, and hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remaining in APP’s concessions. APP’s OKI Mill, one of the largest mills in the world, under construction before community Free, Prior and Informed Consent obtained: Asia Pulp and Paper is recognized as one of the world’s foremost forest destroyers due to its 30-year legacy of egregious  social and environmental impacts resulting...

San Francisco Rallies to Reject Keystone XL

Last night, as part of a day of action that saw events in all fifty states, 300 Bay Area #NoKXL activists rallied in front of a State Department office in downtown San Francisco. RAN staff was proud to participate, along with our friends at CREDO and Idle No More.   RAN climate campaigner Todd Zimmer fired up the crowd: What do we want? Climate justice! Idle No More's beautiful banners: Pennie Opal Plant, of Idle No More, spoke to the proposed pipeline's impact on frontline communities:  An activist sent a message to President Obama: RAN's climate and energy program director, Amanda Starbuck, on the devastation Keystone XL would wreak on the climate: SF__NoKXL_7.jpg

The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force

Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50 states—all organized in about 72 hours! Even more impressive, many events happened in the bitter cold of winter, with...

Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States

January 13, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 507-412-7609Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431Josh Nelson, CREDO, jnelson@credoaction.com, 202-550-6175Karthik Ganapathy, 350.org, karthik@350.org, (347) 881-3784Mark Westlund, Sierra Club, mark.westlund@sierraclub.org, 415-977-5719David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david@priceofoil.org, 202-316-3499 Keystone XL Opponents Rally...

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Mobilize to Reject Keystone XL

After yesterday’s Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the ball is back in President Obama’s court. It’s time for him to reject the pipeline now. Next Tuesday, organize or join a Reject Keystone XL rally near you!

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    An Urgent Message from Aceh

    My name is Wiza, and I’m from Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. I’m working with local communities to protect the endangered forests of the Leuser Ecosystem as our survival and livelihoods depend on it. But everything that I am fighting for could be lost if the new Indonesian President Joko Widodo does not reject a disastrous new land use plan that would drive destructive palm oil and pulp plantations, logging, mining, and poaching in my home province, Aceh. The fate of our people now rests in...

    COP 20: Will climate commitments be enough to protect the Peruvian Amazon?

      Indigenous Peoples + Territorial Rights = Living Forests! Hundreds of indigenous peoples and their allies to create a human banner parallel to the UN COP20 climate summit to demonstrate the importance of guaranteeing territorial rights in addressing climate change. ©Amazon Watch / Spectral Q — in Lima, Peru. Political leaders from around the world and thousands of government officials, scientists and lobbyists are meeting this week in the Peruvian capital of Lima to discuss solutions for the global climate crisis. One of their...

    Controversial Palm Oil Stock Offering Hides Serious Environmental, Financial Risks

    Indonesian firm BW Plantation’s (BWPT) $900M share rights offering rife with concerns over labour rights, wildlife and deforestation.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161, Laurel@ran.org 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). New stock not purchased by existing shareholders will be traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (IDX) from Monday December 8. Already lagging behind its competitors who have committed to zero deforestation policies, BWPT has failed to declare to investors the serious environmental, social and financial risks involved with deforesting and planting over its massive new land bank. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has published an in-depth backgrounder/briefing document titled Conflict Palm Oil Case Study PT BW Plantation (BWPT) $900 Million Stock Offer Warning: Investors Need Greater Disclosure of Environmental, Social and Legal...

    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). New stock not purchased by existing shareholders will be traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (IDX) from Monday December 8.  RAN released a briefing note, available here, on the controversial deal today, alerting investors to poorly disclosed Conflict Palm Oil risks. The deal expands BWPT's holdings from just under 100,000 ha to over 400,000 ha, propelling it into the rank of Indonesia’s third largest palm oil company listed on the IDX. However, 75% of the new land bank - with holdings in Papua, Sulewesi, West, East and South Kalimantan and Sumatra - is unplanted and includes large tracts of rainforests, Indigenous...

    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 paper company Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) is having in the beautiful Toba Lake region of North Sumatra. I had come to North Sumatra to meet with our partners, Kelompok Studi dan Pengemangan Prakarsa Masyarakyat (KSPPM),...

    BUY NOTHING

    BUY NOTHING, skip the #BlackFriday madness and take a stand.

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    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...

    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...

    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...

    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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    RAN Denounces Australian Government for Lobbying on Behalf of Coal Project

    Posted by 02/11/15

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015 Contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Australian diplomat lobbied U.S. banks to bankroll coal port that would turbocharge climate change and wreck the Great Barrier Reef Documents released via open records request available here: http://a.ran.org/f1F  Rainforest Action Network (RAN) denounced the Australian government’s interventions on behalf of the coal industry, following the release of documents showing an Australian diplomat lobbied U.S. banks in support of the controversial Abbot Point coal export project in Queensland, Australia. Correspondence obtained through an open records request by Australian anti-coal group Market Forces show that Australian consul general Nick Minchin met with several U.S. banks in New York in November 2014 to try and shore up support for the proposed expansion of the Abbot Point coal port, shortly after Rainforest Action Network secured public commitments to steer clear of Abbot Point from U.S....   Read more

    Forest Destruction for Fashion Week?

    Posted by 02/09/15

    When Rainforest Action Network launched our latest campaign, Out of Fashion, last September, few knew about the ugly secret hiding in beautiful clothes from luxury designers. Since then, thousands of activists have taken action urging companies to cut this destructive habit and lead on forests and human rights. From pledging not to buy rainforest destruction for the holidays, to stickering the tags of big name clothing brands, RAN supporters are calling on the Fashion 15 to eliminate destruction from their supply chains and be leaders on forest protection. This week, we’ve got a huge opportunity to help end deforestation and human rights abuses for fabric production, and we need your help. This week is Fashion Week in New York, a time where the biggest luxury designers in the world come together to show off their new collections. It’s a big deal in the fashion world, and that...   Read more

    Mongabay: Forestry giant's zero deforestation commitment put to test

    Posted by 02/05/15

    "An independent audit of the world’s largest pulp and paper producer found that the company had achieved a wide range of results in meeting promises to end deforestation and resolve conflicts with forest communities.  In 2013 Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included a pledge to end deforestation among its suppliers, improve communication and conflict resolution with forest communities, protecting peatlands, and sourcing fiber only from responsible suppliers." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE   Read more

    From Paper Promises to Real Change: Reforming a Global Forest Destroyer

    Posted by 02/05/15

    Today marks two years since Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) abruptly changed course, silenced its bulldozers and announced a groundbreaking Forest Conservation Policy. For decades, the Indonesian logging giant had been one of the globe’s most notorious threats to rainforests and forest communities - taking over and mowing down tens of thousands of acres a year to produce wood pulp for books, copy paper, tissue and packaging. But after steady years of nonstop pressure from RAN and other groups, we achieved one of the most dramatic shifts in corporate policy ever. APP’s Forest Conservation Policy has the potential to impact millions of acres of some of the most culturally and biologically diverse landscapes in the world -- and it would never have happened without the steadfast perseverance of supporters like you.  So THANK YOU once again!  But at Rainforest Action Network, we...  Read more

    RAN Denounces Australian Government for Lobbying on Behalf of Coal Project

    Posted by 02/11/15

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015 Contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Australian diplomat lobbied U.S. banks to bankroll coal port that would turbocharge climate change and wreck the Great Barrier Reef Documents released via open records request available here: http://a.ran.org/f1F  Rainforest Action Network (RAN) denounced the Australian government’s interventions on behalf of the coal industry, following the release of documents showing an Australian diplomat lobbied U.S. banks in support of the controversial Abbot Point coal export project in Queensland, Australia. Correspondence obtained through an open records request by Australian anti-coal group Market Forces show that Australian consul general Nick Minchin met with several U.S. banks in New York in November 2014 to try and shore up support for the proposed expansion of the Abbot Point coal port, shortly after Rainforest Action Network secured public commitments to steer clear of Abbot Point from U.S....   Read more

    Forest Destruction for Fashion Week?

    Posted by 02/09/15

    When Rainforest Action Network launched our latest campaign, Out of Fashion, last September, few knew about the ugly secret hiding in beautiful clothes from luxury designers. Since then, thousands of activists have taken action urging companies to cut this destructive habit and lead on forests and human rights. From pledging not to buy rainforest destruction for the holidays, to stickering the tags of big name clothing brands, RAN supporters are calling on the Fashion 15 to eliminate destruction from their supply chains and be leaders on forest protection. This week, we’ve got a huge opportunity to help end deforestation and human rights abuses for fabric production, and we need your help. This week is Fashion Week in New York, a time where the biggest luxury designers in the world come together to show off their new collections. It’s a big deal in the fashion world, and that...   Read more

    Mongabay: Forestry giant's zero deforestation commitment put to test

    Posted by 02/05/15

    "An independent audit of the world’s largest pulp and paper producer found that the company had achieved a wide range of results in meeting promises to end deforestation and resolve conflicts with forest communities.  In 2013 Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included a pledge to end deforestation among its suppliers, improve communication and conflict resolution with forest communities, protecting peatlands, and sourcing fiber only from responsible suppliers." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE   Read more

    From Paper Promises to Real Change: Reforming a Global Forest Destroyer

    Posted by 02/05/15

    Today marks two years since Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) abruptly changed course, silenced its bulldozers and announced a groundbreaking Forest Conservation Policy. For decades, the Indonesian logging giant had been one of the globe’s most notorious threats to rainforests and forest communities - taking over and mowing down tens of thousands of acres a year to produce wood pulp for books, copy paper, tissue and packaging. But after steady years of nonstop pressure from RAN and other groups, we achieved one of the most dramatic shifts in corporate policy ever. APP’s Forest Conservation Policy has the potential to impact millions of acres of some of the most culturally and biologically diverse landscapes in the world -- and it would never have happened without the steadfast perseverance of supporters like you.  So THANK YOU once again!  But at Rainforest Action Network, we...  Read more

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