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Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Releases Major New Sustainability Commitments

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as...

What's the story behind that Trader Joe's palm oil?

Have you noticed the Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil on display front and center at your local Trader Joe’s this spring? Despite multiple phone calls and emails, Trader Joe’s will not disclose its palm oil supplier. According to their website, its palm oil is sourced from plantations that come from land that was not cleared and is produced using organic, sustainable practices. Unfortunately the term "sustainable" has been so overused as a greenwashing tactic by the palm oil industry that it is no longer a useful term to distinguish good palm oil from...

Stylish Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Fashion Awards

Activists unroll a banner at red carpet event calling out Ralph Lauren’s implication in forest destruction, rights abuses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Colorful high-resolution images of protest available CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA – Today, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention from the red carpet parade at the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dressed in sleek formal wear, activists deployed a large banner over the heads of the crowd while others handed out balloons and business cards to the gathered...

Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Poised to Release Major New Sustainability Commitments

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org    San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as action to address and remedy its legacy of adverse social and environmental impacts. Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) has a long and well-documented history of displacing local communities from their lands and failing to respect community rights to free, prior and informed consent. The...

Stop the fossil fuel industry's vision of the future

Today, we’re launching a new project to envision a climate-stable future — and brainstorm the strategies to make that vision a reality. Will you help us Change the Course? Today, the climate movement is full of unprecedented energy and momentum. Together, we’re marching in the streets and working to shift our institutions away from fossil fuels. We’re fighting coal exports, fracking, oil trains, and dirty energy in our communities. And, of course, we’re ready to engage in civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if and when that time comes. All of these fights are indispensable to shifting our society off carbon and creating the renewable energy economy. But, with so much of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, it can be hard to find...

Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents evidence that supplier – PT Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) – is clearing land in the Leuser Ecosystem as of April 30, 2015. The forests that have been destroyed were important High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests located in one of the most important areas of lowland rainforest left on...

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the...

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining

After years of pressure on Bank of America, they just announced a new coal mining policy: “Our new policy … reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.”1 Translation: Bank of America...

Bank of America Campaign Timeline

Bank of America has gone from being the top bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. That's the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), our many front-line allies — and...

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What's the story behind that Trader Joe's palm oil?

Have you noticed the Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil on display front and center at your local Trader Joe’s this spring? Despite multiple phone calls and emails, Trader Joe’s will not disclose its palm oil supplier. According to their website, its palm oil is sourced from plantations that come from land that was not cleared and is produced using organic, sustainable practices. Unfortunately the term "sustainable" has been so overused as a greenwashing tactic by the palm oil industry that it is no longer a useful term to distinguish good palm oil from...

Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds. The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents...

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil. The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a diverse crew of folks, unified by their passion for stopping the destruction caused by Conflict Palm Oil. Some are seasoned activists, and others first time organizers, they range in age from 70 to 12 years old, and are based all across the country, from Boston, to the Twin Cities,...

Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells. PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts the global trade in palm oil. A strong commitment to ending deforestation, protecting human rights, and eliminating social ills like land grabs and child and forced labor will fundamentally change the way palm oil is produced in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Latin America. A weak commitment riddled with loopholes...

Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?That’s not what Earth Day is about. Earth Day was born out of action -- not slogans.     Through the vision of anti-war and environmental activists, Earth Day sprang to life in 1970 across colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and countless communities across the country. On that day, more than 20 million people took action and took the streets to support the planet.Earth Day is about saying enough is enough. We must take meaningful action now. So today I’m asking you to join us in our most important actions to preserve our forests, protect our climate and defend the human rights of...

Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Happy Anniversary! Today marks two years since we launched our campaign on the Snack Food 20 and PepsiCo. Because of the unrelenting efforts of activists like you, we have reached a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry....

Forest-Friendly Alternative Fabrics

At RAN, it isn’t our place to tell you what fabrics to buy. Really. All fabrics have impacts, and we aren’t experts in every fabric out there. What we believe is that clothing companies should trace their supply chains, eliminate controversial fiber and suppliers, create policies to ensure they never purchase controversial fiber again, and -- ideally -- join us in the fight to make their industry more sustainable.

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Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal port expansion — a deal that would wreck the Reef and cook the climate! Now it’s time to amplify our message by making a call to the bank. Here’s how you can help: Call this number: 1-800-565-EXIM (or 1-800-565-3946) The line is open from 8am-8pm Eastern time. Leave a message if your receive a recording. If you get a live operator, politely tell them why you...

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...

Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

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.”##

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 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...

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...

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APRIL has stopped the bulldozers: Indonesia’s second biggest pulp and paper company makes a major commitment to protect forests.

Posted by 06/05/15

So much is changing in the world of forests and forest fabric. When we started the Out of Fashion campaign, in September of last year, very few of the major players in the wood-based fabrics (rayon, viscose, etc.) supply chain had commitments to protect forests and the communities who depend on them. APRIL must address its legacy of land conflict and forest destruction. A short re-cap: We started this campaign because we learned about communities in North Sumatra who were having their land stolen, and were losing their main source of livelihood – community owned forests – as the plantation company Toba Pulp Lestari clear cut these community forests and converted them into eucalyptus plantations. These eucalyptus trees are then clear-cut and processed into the dissolving pulp that is used to...   Read more

Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Releases Major New Sustainability Commitments

Posted by 06/03/15

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as action to address and remedy its legacy of adverse social and environmental impacts. Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) has a long and well-documented history of displacing local communities from their lands and failing to respect community rights to free, prior and informed consent. The company has clear-cut and pulped vast...   Read more

What's the story behind that Trader Joe's palm oil?

Posted by 06/03/15

Have you noticed the Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil on display front and center at your local Trader Joe’s this spring? Despite multiple phone calls and emails, Trader Joe’s will not disclose its palm oil supplier. According to their website, its palm oil is sourced from plantations that come from land that was not cleared and is produced using organic, sustainable practices. Unfortunately the term "sustainable" has been so overused as a greenwashing tactic by the palm oil industry that it is no longer a useful term to distinguish good palm oil from bad. This is why RAN is asking companies to use only 'responsible' palm oil, which is palm oil that has been produced legally and from known sources without contributing to deforestation, species extinction, high greenhouse gas emissions or human and labor rights violations. See RAN’s Conflict Palm Oil report...   Read more

Stylish Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Fashion Awards

Posted by 06/01/15

Activists unroll a banner at red carpet event calling out Ralph Lauren’s implication in forest destruction, rights abuses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Colorful high-resolution images of protest available CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA – Today, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention from the red carpet parade at the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dressed in sleek formal wear, activists deployed a large banner over the heads of the crowd while others handed out balloons and business cards to the gathered crowd, printed with a parody logo of the demonstration’s target: Ralph Lauren. The activists were using the annual fashion awards show to call attention to a serious message: Ralph Lauren, one of the biggest names in the fashion industry, makes its clothes at the expense of forest destruction, human rights...  Read more

APRIL has stopped the bulldozers: Indonesia’s second biggest pulp and paper company makes a major commitment to protect forests.

Posted by 06/05/15

So much is changing in the world of forests and forest fabric. When we started the Out of Fashion campaign, in September of last year, very few of the major players in the wood-based fabrics (rayon, viscose, etc.) supply chain had commitments to protect forests and the communities who depend on them. APRIL must address its legacy of land conflict and forest destruction. A short re-cap: We started this campaign because we learned about communities in North Sumatra who were having their land stolen, and were losing their main source of livelihood – community owned forests – as the plantation company Toba Pulp Lestari clear cut these community forests and converted them into eucalyptus plantations. These eucalyptus trees are then clear-cut and processed into the dissolving pulp that is used to...   Read more

Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Releases Major New Sustainability Commitments

Posted by 06/03/15

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as action to address and remedy its legacy of adverse social and environmental impacts. Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) has a long and well-documented history of displacing local communities from their lands and failing to respect community rights to free, prior and informed consent. The company has clear-cut and pulped vast...   Read more

What's the story behind that Trader Joe's palm oil?

Posted by 06/03/15

Have you noticed the Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil on display front and center at your local Trader Joe’s this spring? Despite multiple phone calls and emails, Trader Joe’s will not disclose its palm oil supplier. According to their website, its palm oil is sourced from plantations that come from land that was not cleared and is produced using organic, sustainable practices. Unfortunately the term "sustainable" has been so overused as a greenwashing tactic by the palm oil industry that it is no longer a useful term to distinguish good palm oil from bad. This is why RAN is asking companies to use only 'responsible' palm oil, which is palm oil that has been produced legally and from known sources without contributing to deforestation, species extinction, high greenhouse gas emissions or human and labor rights violations. See RAN’s Conflict Palm Oil report...   Read more

Stylish Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Fashion Awards

Posted by 06/01/15

Activists unroll a banner at red carpet event calling out Ralph Lauren’s implication in forest destruction, rights abuses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Colorful high-resolution images of protest available CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA – Today, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention from the red carpet parade at the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dressed in sleek formal wear, activists deployed a large banner over the heads of the crowd while others handed out balloons and business cards to the gathered crowd, printed with a parody logo of the demonstration’s target: Ralph Lauren. The activists were using the annual fashion awards show to call attention to a serious message: Ralph Lauren, one of the biggest names in the fashion industry, makes its clothes at the expense of forest destruction, human rights...  Read more

Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 05/13/15

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for...   Read more

New RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum Falls Short

Posted by 05/06/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org More reforms needed to address deforestation, climate impacts, human and labor rights issues in the palm oil industry...   Read more

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