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REVEL = FOMO

Posted by 09/30/14

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.  For years, REVEL has hosted environmentalists, community leaders, artists, film-makers, game-changers, inventors, superstars and happy agitators -- those committed individuals who are not afraid to challenge the status quo in order to change the world for the better. You can expect REVEL to be the greenest party of the year. You can expect gourmet vegan food, premium tequila flights, and dancing to fantastic live music by Monophonics. You can expect to get free silk screening (just bring an old t-shirt or a make an optional donation for a new shirt). Best of all, you can expect the “Right to Remain Silent Auction”...   Read more

Challenging Corporate Power at the Biggest Climate March in History

Posted by 09/25/14

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...   Read more

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

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Press Release: Indonesia’s President inundated with calls to protect Iconic Leuser Ecosystem

Posted by 09/22/14

Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Green Legacy Stands or Falls on Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem, NGOs say  [Jakarta, Sept. 22] In the final weeks of his presidency, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come under massive international pressure to act to protect one of the world’s most biodiverse forests.  On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York, thousands of tweets flooded the President’s personal twitter account, @SBYudhoyono, asking him to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, as recent studies found Indonesia to have overtaken Brazil in having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Located at the country’s most western tip, the fate of the Leuser Ecosystem rests entirely on the cancellation of an illegal spatial plan drawn up by the government of Aceh province. “The Aceh Spatial Plan is invalid and illegal,” said Effendi Isma, spokesperson...   Read more

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

Introducing: Out of Fashion

Posted by 09/04/14

As the lavish display of Fall Fashion Week gets under way today in New York City, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is announcing Out of Fashion: a campaign for forest friendly fabric. “Out of Fashion” is our latest major effort to preserve the world’s endangered forests and we need your help to win. Add your voice here. With this campaign, RAN is bringing attention to a growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities -- a threat that has been hiding in plain sight for years: dissolving pulp.  Dissolving pulp is a little-discussed yet highly influential commodity in today’s marketplace. And the increased demand for this product is accelerating deforestation and exacerbating human rights abuses across the globe.   Big name fashion brands are complicit in the pulping of pristine forests -- seizing Indigenous land, driving species loss, and threatening the climate -- all to manufacture a product that makes...  Read more

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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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Represent RAN at a Beats Antique Show Near You!

Posted by 10/14/14

Rainforest Action Network is partnering with Beats Antique on its Fall Tour, "Creature Carnival," to raise awareness about the importance of protecting tropical rainforests and its many inhabitants. If you aren't familiar with the music of Beats Antique and/or haven't seen one of their spectacular live performances then you are in for a treat! The band mixes world fusion and electronic music; beyond the incredible music their live shows feature performance art and heavy percussives with Tribal Fusion dance.Given the theme "Creature Carnival," the band sought out an organization doing effective work on behalf of wildlife to feature in all the shows. This tour includes 21 live performances from Los Angeles, CA to St. Paul, MN to Washington, DC between October 15-November 8.We are looking for passionate volunteers to work our RAN table at Beats Antique shows in cities across the country. You will get into the show for free...   Read more

REVEL Contest Ends on Tuesday!!!

Posted by 10/04/14

This is it! Tuesday is the last day to submit your name to win 2 party tickets to REVEL!! That's a $300 value! REVEL is the best party of the year to celebrate the year’s accomplishments at Rainforest Action Network.  Each year, REVEL hosts environmentalists and game-changers: those committed individuals who are not afraid to challenge the status quo in order to change the world for the better. You can expect gourmet vegan food, premium tequila flights, and dancing to live music by Monophonics. Bring a t-shirt for a custom silk screening. And you can walk away with some incredible items from the “Right to Remain Silent Auction.” All proceeds help RAN plan and execute vital, strategic, and effective campaigns that challenge some of the world’s biggest corporations that profits above people and the planet. So don't delay. Enter your name to win, now! Read more

Time is running out for PepsiCo and the Snack Food 20

Posted by 10/03/14

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...   Read more

REVEL = FOMO

Posted by 09/30/14

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...   Read more

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

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