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
Stand with RAN as we demand that Wall Street not destroy the Great Barrier Reef.
The coal industry is embarking on a project that would destroy the Great Barrier Reef by massively expanding a coal terminal and building new coal mines in eastern Australia. The resultant dredging and ship traffic would devastate this delicate ecosystem and global treasure. The climate impacts would be terrible as well -- doubling coal production in Australia, already one of the world's worst offenders in mining this dirty fossil fuel.
But the coal industry needs international bank funding to make their reckless new project happen. Several European banks have already made public commitments not to fund this horrifically destructive project. Stand with RAN as we push the big Wall Street banks to do the same.
Take action now, and tell Wall Street you won't stand for them destroying the Great Barrier Reef.
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Wall Street must not finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef by funding the coal industry’s reckless scheme to expand the Abbot Point coal terminal. The expansion would devastate a delicate ecosystem and lead to terrible damage to the climate. Make a public commitment not to fund this horrifically destructive project now!
Stand with RAN as we demand the fashion industry address the growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities of dissolving pulp. Rainforests are destroyed to create a huge array of products, including rayon, viscose, and other textiles. These products are complicit in the resulting deforestation and human rights abuses.
Fashion companies must take action to eliminate deforestation, human rights abuses, and species loss from their supply chains. RAN is taking on some of the biggest brands and asking them to get rainforest destruction, land grabbing and climate change Out of Fashion. With your help we know we can make a tremendous impact for the forests.
Take action now, and tell fashion companies the you want forest-friendly fabric.
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I stand with RAN! To earn my business, companies must eliminate rainforest destruction and human rights abuses from their supply chain.
Dissolving pulp or any other commodity that destroys the planet doesn't have a place in my home.
Companies must implement a forest products policy that eliminates deforestation and ends the rainforest destruction for rayon and other synthetic fabrics NOW!
It’s been one year since we launched the campaign to cut Conflict Palm Oil from America’s snack foods. The good news is that with your help we are achieving real changes from many major companies, proving that not only is it possible for companies to change, but that people-powered pressure works to bring this change about.
The damage caused by Conflict Palm Oil is tremendous. Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations threatens unique and priceless areas like the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. It threatens species like the Sumatran rhino, orangutans, and sun bears. The impact on communities who are forced off their land or pushed into forced and child labor is simply unacceptable.
Despite the last year’s progress, there are still some critical companies that are refusing to take action to address their Conflict Palm Oil problem. One of the worst offenders in the Conflict Palm Oil world - who is also one of biggest makers of popular kid’s snacks - won’t even acknowledge the destruction it's causing.
PepsiCo is a major Conflict Palm Oil laggard, dragging its feet, refusing to admit it even has a problem. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used annually in snacks like Cheetos and Lay's potato chips, PepsiCo has a huge impact on the planet, the forests, and the people and animals which call them home.
Send your message here: Tell PepsiCo you won't have deforestation, extinction, or slavery in your home.
Expansion of palm oil plantations into Indonesia’s and Malaysia's rainforests is causing massive climate disruption and pushing wild orangutans to the brink of extinction. We have reached The Last Stand of the Orangutan—but it's not too late.
Take action now to call on the Snack Food 20—companies that control some of the best-known snack food brands in the world—to remove Conflict Palm Oil tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction from their products. These companies rely on our trust as consumers. If enough of us speak up, the Snack Food 20 will have to change the way they do business.
Only 60,600 orangutans remain in the wilds of Sumatra and Borneo. That's why we’re organizing 60,600 humans to stand up for them by calling on PepsiCo and the other Snack Food 20 companies to cut Conflict Palm Oil, not rainforests. Will you stand for the orangutans and the climate today?
Pollution from coal fired power plants kills communities and cooks our climate.
That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a long overdue new carbon pollution standards for power plants this week. That's a welcome step, but we need more.
We already limit arsenic, mercury, soot and other air pollution from power plants—but, until now, not carbon pollution. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Setting the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution is an essential step to address global warming and here at RAN we absolutely support a national carbon pollution standard.
The proposed rule is not yet enough to slow global warming and not yet enough to inspire the world to make the necessary deep cuts in climate pollution. That is why we will be working hard next year to include much deeper cuts in the final rule.
The EPA is now accepting public comments on its proposed rule.
We know that the coal industry and the politicians they fund will work to undermine this rule and doom communities to years of future pollution.
Please urge the EPA to ignore the naysaying polluters and do even more to address global warming and set limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
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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
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
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
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 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
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
Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Green Legacy Stands or Falls on Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem, NGOs say ... Read more
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