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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...

Activists Take to Grocery Stores Across US To Expose Controversial Ingredient in Quaker Products

Two year anniversary of campaign launches Week of Action against snack food giant for putting customers at risk of eating Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA -- Today, hundreds of activists are taking part in a Week of Action in grocery stores and public spaces across the United States, engaging shoppers and rebranding grocery store shelves to warn customers that products from PepsiCo’s sub-brand Quaker may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Activists are affixing stickers and placards to store food aisles to warn grocery store customers that they...

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. Many of the sector’s biggest players have announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments, and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. But more needs to be done to drive real change on the ground. Now, it’s time to 

Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced”.1 Never again. The president can help ensure there are no more disasters like the Deepwater Horizon — and establish his climate legacy at the same time. Call on President Obama to stop leasing our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry. The Gulf Coast is still suffering. The 170,000 workers who cleaned up the spill are at greater risk for cancer, and kidney and liver disease.2 Last year, dolphins and whales off the Louisiana coast died at four times the usual rates.3 And 10...

Gulf Residents Occupy BP HQ Ahead of Gulf Oil Disaster 5-Year Mark

A group of Gulf Coast residents staged a sit-in style occupation this morning inside the main entrance to BP’s Houston headquarters. The activists said this is the first of many demonstrations yet to come across the Gulf South leading up to the April 20th five year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed eleven workers and spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. We have wrapped up our live blog. Thanks for joining us! More events are happening this week. Click here for the full list of events during Gulf South Rising Week of Action. See below & check out RAN's Twitter account for more.   Got out of jail this morn after sitting in at BP. They cuffed us once we put our signs in window for all to see. BP cares about PR. #BPlies...

Barclays cuts ties with mountaintop removal coal, says MTR will be “phased out” soon

Barclays was the world’s top lender to mountaintop removal coal firms prior to announcing new policy Barclays PLC, the number one bankroller of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining worldwide in 2013, has announced it is ending its financial support to the controversial practice. Barclays ruled out future financing for mountaintop removal projects and companies, citing MTR’s negative environmental and social impacts, as well as market forces. In its policy statement, Barclays also forecast that MTR will soon be “phased out” entirely, as a result of increased market and regulatory pressures. The Barclays announcement comes just weeks after U.S.-based PNC Financial announced its own policy restricting financing for MTR coal producers. Full Barclays policy available here: http://bit.ly/1bRGcsM Reacting to the news of the announcement, Rainforest Action Network Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner Ben Collins issued the following statement: “It’s a big deal when the world’s number...

Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef

The U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank wants to finance a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk. We are calling on Fred Hochberg, Chair of the Export-Import Bank, to stop the destruction.Click the links below to send a tweet and...

Sustainability Issues Shadow the Kraft Heinz Merger

Two food giants merge into one Conflict Palm Oil culprit San Francisco, CA - Yesterday’s merger of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and H.J Heinz Company combine two companies, both highlighted as laggards among Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) Snack Food 20 group, noted for their...

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The Human Cost of Forest Fabrics

Behind the shiny exteriors and glossy magazine advertisements of American fashion brands hides some disturbing truths. Communities like those in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Northern Sumatra, featured in the short film below by Handcrafted Films, are being harmed by the production of clothing sold by big name companies like Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and other companies in RAN’s ‘Fashion 15.’ The clothing we buy is driving the destruction of the forests of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, and decimating the way the communities there have supported themselves for 17 generations. Here’s how the...

Brutal Murder in APP Plantation

Underlines the need to understand and address severe land conflicts and the disconnect between policy commitments and real change on the ground. Last Friday afternoon, February 27th, Indra Pelani, a 22 year-old from Lubuk Mandarsah village, Nick Karim from Simpang Niam village, and a member of WALHI, a Indonesian environmental group, attempted to pass through a gated checkpoint on a road which cuts through an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) acacia plantation in the district of Tebo, Jambi Province, on the island of Sumatra. Indra and Karim were on their way to to join a rice harvest and festival. According to witnesses, several company security guards set on Indra, a prominent farmers’ union member, beat him brutally about the head and ignored pleas from others to stop. According to witnesses, while Nick ran to get help and call the police, Indra was abducted...

Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop a set of fair labor standards for palm oil production. A result of these efforts is the publication of a guide, Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance, being released publicly for the first time now. It is the first statement of...

Quaker Oats: Not so wholesome after all

PepsiCo would have you believe that its brand Quaker Oats puts “wholesome goodness in everything we do.” We highly doubt that. That Quaker Oats Chewy Bar in your child’s lunch? Well, we’re not sure if its full of wholesome goodness, but it certainly may be full of Conflict Palm Oil. With your help, we’ll set the record straight. Share this video now on Facebook and Twitter to let other families know that there’s more in Quaker Oats than meets the eye. PepsiCo, and its product line Quaker Oats, is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. Conflict Palm Oil drives species extinction, human rights abuses, deforestation, and climate change, and is the cause of one of the world’s greatest environmental catastrophes. PepsiCo, the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world, spends...

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?...

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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...

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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Ralph Lauren Targeted by New ‘Out of Fashion’ Campaign

Posted by 04/23/15

Tens of Thousands Call on Ralph Lauren to Eliminate Rainforest Destruction From Fashion Line FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Ralph Lauren has been named as the prime target of a new campaign  pressuring leading clothing brands to stop using forest-sourced fabrics. Rainforest Action Network’s Out of Fashion campaign is raising awareness about the connection between leading fashion brands and the deforestation and human and labor rights violations that are a common by-product of forest fabric production. Most people are unaware that some of the most popular fabrics worn today are made from trees. Rayon, viscose and modal are all produced from tree pulp, which originated as trees in Indonesia, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Over 20,000 supporters have already taken action and called on Ralph Lauren to cut rainforest destruction...   Read more

Earth Day is About Action

Posted by 04/22/15

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...   Read more

Activists Take to Grocery Stores Across US To Expose Controversial Ingredient in Quaker Products

Posted by 04/21/15

Two year anniversary of campaign launches Week of Action against snack food giant for putting customers at risk of eating Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA -- Today, hundreds of activists are taking part in a Week of Action in grocery stores and public spaces across the United States, engaging shoppers and rebranding grocery store shelves to warn customers that products from PepsiCo’s sub-brand Quaker may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Activists are affixing stickers and placards to store food aisles to warn grocery store customers that they may be feeding their family Conflict Palm Oil. In addition, over a dozen activists have taken the lead to organize larger group actions, from street theatre to hanging banners, in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stevens Point, WI, and Orange County and Arcata, CA. The activists say...   Read more

Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Posted by 04/21/15

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. Many of the sector’s biggest players have announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments, and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. But more needs to be done to drive real change on the ground. Now, it’s time to #ChangeQuaker in grocery store aisles across America! Starting today, you can join hundreds of activists across the country who are re-branding the shelves displaying Quaker Chewy Granola bars to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Can we count on you to amplify their actions? Support the...  Read more

Ralph Lauren Targeted by New ‘Out of Fashion’ Campaign

Posted by 04/23/15

Tens of Thousands Call on Ralph Lauren to Eliminate Rainforest Destruction From Fashion Line FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Ralph Lauren has been named as the prime target of a new campaign  pressuring leading clothing brands to stop using forest-sourced fabrics. Rainforest Action Network’s Out of Fashion campaign is raising awareness about the connection between leading fashion brands and the deforestation and human and labor rights violations that are a common by-product of forest fabric production. Most people are unaware that some of the most popular fabrics worn today are made from trees. Rayon, viscose and modal are all produced from tree pulp, which originated as trees in Indonesia, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Over 20,000 supporters have already taken action and called on Ralph Lauren to cut rainforest destruction...   Read more

Earth Day is About Action

Posted by 04/22/15

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...   Read more

Activists Take to Grocery Stores Across US To Expose Controversial Ingredient in Quaker Products

Posted by 04/21/15

Two year anniversary of campaign launches Week of Action against snack food giant for putting customers at risk of eating Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA -- Today, hundreds of activists are taking part in a Week of Action in grocery stores and public spaces across the United States, engaging shoppers and rebranding grocery store shelves to warn customers that products from PepsiCo’s sub-brand Quaker may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Activists are affixing stickers and placards to store food aisles to warn grocery store customers that they may be feeding their family Conflict Palm Oil. In addition, over a dozen activists have taken the lead to organize larger group actions, from street theatre to hanging banners, in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Stevens Point, WI, and Orange County and Arcata, CA. The activists say...   Read more

Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Posted by 04/21/15

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. Many of the sector’s biggest players have announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments, and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. But more needs to be done to drive real change on the ground. Now, it’s time to #ChangeQuaker in grocery store aisles across America! Starting today, you can join hundreds of activists across the country who are re-branding the shelves displaying Quaker Chewy Granola bars to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Can we count on you to amplify their actions? Support the...  Read more

Tell Quaker: A few extra pennies to save Orangutans

Posted by 03/31/15

This morning two dozen activists stormed a grocery store in San Francisco to convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to cut Conflict Palm Oil. The activists re-branded shelves displaying...   Read more

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