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Rainforest Action Network mourns the unexpected loss of our visionary Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton. 

Our organization, and the community that has grown around it for more than 25 years, are mourning the loss of Rebecca Tarbotton, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday while vacationing in Mexico with her husband and close friends.

Rebecca Tarbotton, known to friends as Becky, was a profound thinker and leader. She was dedicated to merging environmental and social justice movements, and building campaigns that inspire transformational changes in forest protection, climate change and human rights. A self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist,” Becky was deeply admired by a whole movement of activists for her boldness and clarity of vision.The RAN staff, her friends and family remember a “force of nature” with an infectious laugh, adventurous spirit, and a heart bursting with love.

Under her leadership, RAN achieved tremendous victories in preserving endangered rainforests and the rights of their indigenous inhabitants. Most recently, Becky helped to architect the most significant agreement in the history of the organization: a landmark policy by entertainment giant, Disney, that is set to transform everything about the way the company purchases and uses paper. 

Becky spent much of her time thinking about how to inspire masses of people to work for transformational social and environmental change, and how to push the country's biggest corporate polluters to reform their ways.

As she said during a keynote address in October 2012: "We need to remember that the work of our time is bigger than climate change. We need to be setting our sights higher and deeper. What we're really talking about, if we're honest with ourselves, is transforming everything about the way we live on this planet…We don't always know exactly what it is that creates social change. It takes everything from science all the way to faith, and it's that fertile place right in the middle where really exceptional campaigning happens--and that is where I strive to be."

Rainforest Action Network is committed to continuing the course that Becky set. We will continue to focus on our core purpose of protecting forests, moving the country off of fossil fuels and defending human rights through effective, innovative and hard-hitting environmental corporate campaigns--campaigns powered by people like you.

Tarbotton died on Wednesday on a beach in Mexico north of Puerto Vallarta while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she breathed in while swimming. She was thirty nine years old.

Her ashes will be scattered off of Hornby Island in British Columbia where her family owns a cabin and where she spent much time with family and friends. Public memorial services will be held in San Francisco, CA and in Vancouver. Dates are still to be determined.

 

This is a place for Becky's whole community to memorialize her, celebrate her, share memories, images, feelings. We welcome your voices.

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Inasmuch as we all come from Mother Earth, we all are indigenous. Although some seem to love our Mother (and our Father) in more obvious ways, love is all.
~ Robert Love
My heart goes out to family, colleagues, friends and others whose lives were inspired, honored and enriched by Becky. I posted a tribute to Becky on HuffPost. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maura-o/rebecca-tarbotton-memorial_b_2553846.html
~ Maura O'Neill
Becky’s dynamic vibrant life shows us how of one woman’s passion, integrity and intelligence can propel the direction of the planet towards peace and environmental justice. Her loss is so shocking and heartbreaking to us all. I personally feel the great loss of a dear friend and ally. I feel so grateful to have spend amazing life changing times with Becky playing music, talking about love & life & how to create a world that protects old growth forests & Indigenous rights. Becky’s brightness from beyond, like a beacon, will always remind us of the preciousness of this life, all that we love and hold sacred, and the very fragility of our own existence, ever intwined in the same fabric that connects all life on our blue green planet. She leaves behind a burning fire. These flames, like Becky’s great love, will illuminate the darkness ahead. Fearlessly we must continue her work with laughter, music and joy to the protect the Earth for the 7th generation. Deepest condolences to her Mateo, Mary & Family and all who loved Becky. Love to all the RAN staff & Thank You for continuing this amazing work! We are truly the ones we’ve been waiting for. Love you Becky xx
~ Becky White
Honoring her legacy.
~ Martha Edwards
What a loss and tragedy. It just shows that we need to live every day as if it were the last, and make a difference before the sun sets -- every day. She sure did.
~ Peter Joseph
Sometimes it is the way when someone is gone, you truly learn about their legacy. I found out today about her death and decided to look into who she was. I watched some clips on youtube and read some articles and am mind blown that a woman just a year older than myself has done so much for the world! Some people are so inspiring and potent in the world that its breathtaking, and Rebecca is one. Women of the world unite, protect the forests and join together to make the path Rebecca led us on ever brighter ever more travailed. Thank you Rebecca for doing your best, which is so much more than many of us could imagine accomplishing.
~ heidi threlfo
I am a young environmentalist with a lot to learn. Reading about Rebecca inspires me, I feel encouraged and want to try harder to play my part for our planet. Thank you Rebecca.
~ Lara Eyyoup
I am so sorry . She will be truly missed. Anyone who can help this planet is a truly great person. Keep up the great work for Becky and all of us. Carole Dallek
~ Carole Dallek
I remember last New Years how you sent me a crazy clip from all of you in your offices doing crazy things.I loved it and it really brightened my day thank you for that and I want you to know how sorry I am for your loss of Becky.She was one of a kind and please also send my condolences to her family.Gone but never forgotten!
~ Tamara Tuthill
Thanks! We will miss you.
~ kuldeep
The entire planet has lost one of its great defender ... thank Rebecca for what you have done and give us the strength to fight for this ideal!!
~ Fabio
I am shocked and so saddened to learn of Ms. Tarbatton's seemingly untimely death. My thoughts and prayers will always be with the family. I thank her for her tireless work for RAN and for our planet. She did make a difference in the short time she had here and we will never forget her. I only wish I had had a chance to meet her in person when she was just here in DC or on my recent visit to S.F..
~ Yvette Gordillo
We are so sadden that she is gone but let's remember her as a person who trying to make things right and save the rainforest.She will always be in our hearts.
~ Karl Peter Matthias Buettner
Like so many people who have benefited from Becky's important work at RAN I never had the fortune to know her personally. But thanks to her work and that of the RAN forest team Children all over the world will no longer be subjected to reading books that destroy habitat and contribute to Climate Change. Her life and work at RAN was undoubtedly so much more than this agreement but let's all commit to holding Disney to it. I also am inspired to continue work on Climate Change and pledge to make a strong effort this year to reverse our path towards 400ppm of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere. RIP Rebecca Tarbotton and my condolences to all who knew and loved her. See you in Washington DC on February 17th!
~ William Meyer
I only met Becky last year, bizarrely at a tea party organised by the Environmental Funders Network. We discussed, and were enthused by, her work on RAN's campaign against Disney, but most of all I was impressed by her energy , charisma, and her studied approach to campaigning. Her intelligent and effective attack at where corporations are most vulnerable - their funding and their public image - is a lesson to us all. Our movement can ill afford to lose people of the calibre of Becky Tarbotton. Our huge sympathy goes out to her husband, family and colleagues, who must be feeling a terrible loss in their lives.
~ Peter Tyson, The Roddick Foundation
So sorry to learn of this tragic death. Becky's reach was global, her leadership of RAN was an inspiration and we're poorer for her loss.
~ Mandy Haggith
IT IS A TERRIBLE LOSS TO LOOSE BECKY. I ADMIRE WHAT SHE HAS DONE TO SAVE OUR FORESTS AND WILDLIFE. SHE WILL BE MISSED. IN BECKY'S MEMORY I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR RAINFORESTS, WILDLIFE, AND CLIMATE CHANGE. GOD BLESS YOU BECKY FOR ALL THAT YOU ARE, AND ALL THAT YOU BELIEVED IN.
~ RENEE L. ABOS
I was just barely in my third month of service at the University of British Columbia as the newest Assistant Professor hire at the School of Community and Regional Planning when a tall, statuesque, lovely woman in professional attire -- flowing skirt, boots and tailored jacket -- knocked on my office door and introduced herself as Becky Tarbotton. Her vivacious personality and infectious laughter matched by her twinkling eyes shone throughout our conversation. She said she had been working with a women’s organization promoting sustainable agriculture for more than six years in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, a province I have also visited in India. After establishing we share many common research interests, she asked if I could be her primary research supervisor, with Bill Rees as her second reader. I said yes to my very first graduate student advisee. She has been my “bueno mano” in research supervision ever since. We have co-authored one journal article and one book chapter based on her research on the Women’s Alliance of Ladakh through her work with the International Society of Ecology and Culture based on London. I last time I heard from her about her recent move to San Francisco and promotion the Rainforest Action Network before she became its first woman Executive Director. She is one inspiring young woman who will always be remembered and honoured by many of her friends and loved ones by working on the many good causes she has inspired us to continue. Becky, you will be truly missed. Thank you for touching my life.
~ Leonora Angeles, University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning
Such a huge loss, you will be missed by so many. As a dedication to you, I "WILL" make a difference & fight for a cause this year, and I hope all the people who read this will do the same. A saying that I often use, is, "one person can make a difference". Thank you Becky for making this world a better place, and inspiring me to not give up - we will miss you - RIP
~ Nina Tikari
What a huge loss. The world needs more people like her.
~ Oscar Maya
Dear family, friends and colleagues of Becky, We received the tragic news about the sudden death of Becky Tarbotton. It is a terrible loss to RAN and the international NGO community. We want to express our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and all colleagues at RAN. Sincerely, Leonie Schreve Head Sustainable Lending, ING Chair of the EP Association Steering Committee
~ Equator Principles Association
I've been in state of shock over the news of Becky's tragic death. It's hard to believe she is gone. What a terrible loss. Becky was so full of vision and passion in her life and her work. I will so miss her powerful magnetic presence, her determination and sense of purpose. I so cherish the time we recently spent together a few weeks ago over coffee for a personal catch up. We had a beautiful heartfelt sharing about the love of her life Mateo, her plans for the future and her plans and positive outlook on life. Looking back on that day now, I think what a gift that was to have had this special time with her. That was the last time I would see her shining smile. It is a powerful reminder to make the most of our friendships and live fully in every moment. My heart goes out to Mateo, and my deepest condolences go to her family, her friends and the RAN community who so loved and adored her. Becky, I will always remember you as the beautiful, courageous, vibrant and a brilliant rising star full of life and someone who made our world a better place. I cannot stop my tears and keep wishing that we could go back in time and bring you back, and save you from the waves of the mighty pacific. Reluctantly, we will have to accept that you are gone in physical form but that from the spirit realm, you will be one of the angels aiding in the sacred work of defending the planet. Your community will continue your work of defending forests and no doubt be calling on your spirit for aid and guidance. We will miss you Becky. You will continue to live in all of our hearts and our memories. love to all, Atossa
~ Atossa Soltani
I didn't know Becky, but she sounds like a wonderful person so valuable to all creatures on this planet. It just isn't fair that she was taken from the ones who love her and from the extremely vital role she performed as a human on this earth. My heartfelt condolences to all.
~ Pat Pickren
About 12 years ago, in a "deep-time" exercise at a workshop she attended, Becky "channeled" this beautiful message to herself from The Ancestors: Dear Becky, This is the flame of all those who have come before, and all those who will come after you. I understand that you believe that the best way to do service to us is to be strong, to hold the space around you for yourself and others. But this is not so. We are here burning when you are small, when you fall down and when you fumble--just as much as when you stand and speak loudly. Let us shine through you--not by holding back the dark, but by letting it in. Fall into our arms and we will catch you, hold you up and love all parts that have passed down and continue to pass through you. Turn inwards sometimes, Becky, not to wrestle with your soul, but to join hands with us all....
~ Dot Fisher-Smith
About 12 years ago, in a "deep-time" exercise at a workshop she attended, Becky "channeled" this beautiful message to herself from The Ancestors: Dear Becky, This is the flame of all those who have come before, and all those who will come after you. I understand that you believe that the best way to do service to us is to be strong, to hold the space around you for yourself and others. But this is not so. We are here burning when you are small, when you fall down and when you fumble--just as much as when you stand and speak loudly. Let us shine through you--not by holding back the dark, but by letting it in. Fall into our arms and we will catch you, hold you up and love all parts that have passed down and continue to pass through you. Turn inwards sometimes, Becky, not to wrestle with your soul, but to join hands with us all....
~ Dot Fisher-Smith
Please make sure that Becky's work and life continues to inspire us all to achieve the vision that she was able to so passionately articulate. Keep the faith and continue on with the work that she was committed to. Heartfelt condolences to those that knew and loved her.
~ James Weyman
I am so sorry to hear of Becky's loss and at such a young age makes it even more of a tragedy. I can't even begin to imagine the things she could have acheived in the years ahead for r.a.n had she survived. My thoughts and prayers are with Becky's family, friends and the r.a.n network as you all comes to terms with this loss. I hope Becky's memory will enable many in the future to be the leader she clearly was striving to be. May she rest in peace.
~ JayJay
I did not know Becky but am moved by the speech above. . .I wish RAN much success and her family my condolences.
~ Karl Bren
Becky wherever you are now, you will continue your spiritual journey, shining like a supernova, an inspiration to save the rainforest and our environment. You are a winner, babe, and we will be missing you here in Brazil. It is raining, the rainforest celebrates your life, sad day for me as you said goodbye from this world. We will continue our campaign here in Brazil to save the rainforest! My deepest feelings and support to your family.
~ Renata Marson Teixeira de Andrade, Instituto Salvia Brazil
I just got around to cleaning out my email inbox, after being tied up for a couple of weeks with Christmas celebrations, one hospitalized grandchild and the birth of another grandchild. I was deeply saddened to read about the tragic death of Rebecca Tarbotton. Although I receive emails from many worthy organizations, hers is the only person name that consistently attracted my attention in the inbox. The world, and the earth, has lost a noble champion. May her family and loved ones find comfort and peace, and may the rest of us be inspired by her life to stand up for the earth in the face of corporate greed, ignorance and apathy.
~ Catherine Pherson
She's still so young...what a great loss...really sad...for the planet, especially...
~ Julius B. Manabeng
I first met Becky over lunch at the Bioneers conference in San Rafael last October. We quickly realized that the degrees of separation of mutual friends and colleagues quickly came down to two degrees or less. I was impressed by how grounded, graceful and open she was in discussing her work for non-profits in environmental and social issues. I thought how lucky RAN and the environmental community was to have her as a leader. My condolences to Becky's family and her colleagues at RAN and beyond.
~ Andres Edwards
What an inspiring light! Thanks to Becky for all her goodness, strength, creativity, commitment, passion and ability to see the great things happening despite the daily frustrations. We will miss you.
~ Carmelan Polce
Here's a picture of Becky at our 10th Anniversary for Global Community Monitor/Bucket Brigade in November 2011. Unlike a lot of ED's, Becky not only returned my calls, but she made a generous donation to our event and brought a crew of RAN folks to drink some Margaritas and eat some tasty fare at Tres Agaves. She also spent some time encouraging me, as it was our first big event, and shared some stories of organizing the annual RAN revel. Not only that Becky got what we do to empower Dirty Fuels communities and how that fit with what RAN does. Becky, you will be missed - but your spirit lives on!
~ Denny Larson, Global Community Monitor
I only learned today of this great loss. Loving condolences to family and friends -- and huge thanks to Becky, for all the magnificent gifts and blessings she shared with us via your loving commitment to positive change. Truly, an inspirational warrior Goddess of the highest order. You will be so deeply missed.
~ Steve Mallory
I was deeply, deeply saddened to hear of Becky's passing. She was such a good person. She will be missed.
~ Josh
When I met Becky at a leadership retreat in British Columbia many years ago, I felt I had found a rare kindred spirit. We are exactly the same age. I was most struck by her clarity of purpose, warmth, generosity of spirit, confidence, and grace. I am devastated that her life was cut short. She was courageous, strong, and making a lasting difference to the world around her.
~ Kelly Sims Gallagher
Shine on, Becky. We will miss you, but not the joy and amazing work that you brought to the world.
~ Cheeying Ho
May those you've inspired be a piece of your legacy.
~ Eric Cavallari
Though I've known Becky for some time, in just the past couple of years we began to see more of each other and call on each other as comrades. She was not just the leader of an environmental campaigns organization - she was a movement thinker and movement builder. She saw great potential in the relationships she cultivated and looked for opportunities to bridge them. In the past year she saw Occupy as an opportunity to bring folks together across movements and generations. I also know, from parties on the street to parties in my basement - she could have fun. I last saw Becky in her beautiful home (packed with friends) where she and Mateo put their passion and commitment to building a movement towards supporting smartMeme. I am so blessed and humbled to have known her.
~ Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project, The Ruckus Society and Center for Storybased Strategy (smartMeme)
My deepest sympathies to Becky's family and RAN at the loss of such a special person. I am truly saddened at the news.
~ Mindy Scott
You are loved and will be missed, Becky. I am a better person for having known you.
~ Dan Spalding
What a devastating loss! I will always remember Becky as an extremely courageous, generous and unpretentious activist. She inspired us because she knew how to live right.
~ Peter Bosshard
It's comforting to know that her family, friends and supporters, will continue her legacy and marvelous work by donating and contributing to the cause closest to her heart. You walk with angels now, Becky, and we are blessed to have known you. Rest in Peace.
~ BDR
My heart goes out to all that are effected by her loss. Her work and the love for her will live on. "They will come back, come back again, As long as the red Earth rolls. He never wasted a leaf or a tree. Do you think He would squander souls?" - Rudyard Kipling
~ Suzanne Meredith
The Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples of Muara Tae in Kalimantan, Indonesia, surely would like to join Becky's families and friends and RAN in mourning, for she has supported and accompanied them in the fight to protect their forest from destruction by oil palm companies. Becky even planned to visit and be there with the people but we advised against it due to security concerns. Rest in peace and we'll continue the struggle.
~ Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto
The Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples of Muara Tae in Kalimantan, Indonesia, surely would like to join Becky's families and friends and RAN in mourning, for she has supported and accompanied them in the fight to protect their forest from destruction by oil palm companies. Becky even planned to visit and be there with the people but we advised against it due to security concerns. Rest in peace and we'll continue the struggle.
~ Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto
The loss of Becky has all of us at International Rivers reeling in sadness. Becky was an inspiring and energetic part of our organization and our hearts go out to our sister-organization RAN, to Becky’s family, her husband Mateo, and the wider environmental community. Becky’s commitments and leadership in rainforest protection, challenging and transforming corporate actors, and tackling climate change head-on are well known and beautifully articulated here. But Becky didn’t stop there. Since joining the Board of Directors of International Rivers in 2010, Becky also championed the critical work of protecting the world’s rivers from the destructive forces of rampant large dam schemes. You can learn more about Becky's contributions and how she inspired us at internationalrivers.org. Also, Becky was set to be a Juror at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA on Jan. 10-13. International Rivers is working with the Festival in organizing a tribute to Becky during the Awards Ceremony. At the festival headquarters there will also be an alter honoring Becky.
~ Jason Rainey
Our condolences for Becky's families and friends, and to RAN. She helped us in fighting against those who want to destroy our forest in the customary area of Dayak Benuaq Indigenous Peoples in Muara Tae, Kalimantan, Indonesia. She almost went there herself to confront the criminals, but we advised her not to. Thanks for the support and courage, Becky and RAN.
~ Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto
Great woman, an example for all...
~ karla puente
What a tragic loss. My deepest sympathy for her family, friends, and for RAN.
~ Lisa Durant
My deepest sympathies on the loss of a great leader!
~ Alexandra W. Sipiora
I hope to have raised two daughters (age 20 and ready to embark and one 15 ready to follow) to join and tackle this struggle and I am committed to get more involved as well. I love the joy of life and the beauty of our earth for all as much as I love my girls. I am so sorry for your loss and I am inspired to tap into the force of nature she was and emulate her where ever and whenever I can. Namaste
~ paula sullivan silver
INEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HER, BUT REBECCA, IT SEEMED WAS SO INSIGHTFUL, PASSIONATE FOR THE CAUSE OF GOOD AND A FORCE WHICH CANNOT BE REPLACED. SHE WILL BE MISSED. WE WILL DO OUR BEST IN HER MEMORY. REST IN PEACE, BECKY
~ Marcella McCartney
I met Becky when she joined our Devonshire 'gang' for a few years when she lived in the UK. I have many fond memories of that time, when we laughed, ate, sang and played together. Not to mention the fun of the genetix campaigning! What a beautiful magnetic woman, with an infectious smile and, when in her company, really gave you the feeling that anything is possible. My heart feels very saddened for her tragic loss. Would like to feel the strength of her commitment to change to inspire myself and others. Sending much love and light to her family and close friends.
~ liz meadows
I'd lie to believe that Becky's work continues on...here and everywhere
~ Nancy Chismar
Sorry to learn that a dynamic person like her left us untimely. May her soul rest in peace.
~ Dr. Shukla Acharjee
A great environmentalsit.
~ Cecil - Paul
I never knew you, Rebecca, but I am so very sorry to learn that you have left us. As an attempt to soothe my own sorrow, I am donating to the RAN in your name. Thank you for all that you have accomplished, and thank you to your team.
~ Bobby Edwards
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~ steve alford
Becky, my love and respect to you always and I will make sure to follow through with your inspiration. May trees and plants spirit medicine of the Amazon Rainforest are with you now for guiding us in the future. Much love to you for ever. Eda
~ Eda Zavala, PERU
So sad to hear of this tragic news. There are tough days ahead for her family, friends, colleagues and those who were close to her...getting used to life without her physical presence. No doubt she is out there in the ether...doing what she loves, and what needs to be done, influencing all of us from the other side, to change. My condolences to her loved ones.
~ Alex Long | Driftwood, Texas
My sincere condolences to Beckys' family and friends. I never had the fortune of meeting Becky, but the world is truly a better place because of her. The best way to honor this wonderful lady, is to keep working with her in our thoughts.
~ Lisa M Copeland
I am truly grateful to have worked closely with Becky over the last few months. In this short time, we were like travelers sharing a journey. Her commitment to finding meaning in her own life elevated my own commitment, her courage in the midst of crisis gave me courage, and her practice of working through fear gave me a new relationship with my own fear. But most of all, it is her spark - that blessed spark, that spark which begins things, which illuminates things, that spark which breathes laughter into rough moments, that spark of which so many have spoken in these past strange few days - that I am thankful for. For me that spark hasn't gone out. It has risen, glimmering through my tears as I walk on, but it remains in view, calling me to a higher place, and a deeper place.
~ Jay Golden
I wanted to offer the family of Rebecca my most sincere condolences. I never had an opportunity to meet Becky but her legacy was so evident. What a loss for the world and our environment. As one star fades another shines brighter still. RAN, under the guidance and leadership of Rebecca stood strong on many important issues and she understood so well how to be an effective force of good for the world. RAN has been instrumental here in Ontario in the Grassy Narrows achieveing miraculous victories against the illegal logging activities that have decimated our forests. I am saddened but also reflect on her monumental achievements to help bring people together in common cause for the common good. I love you Rebecca and we will never forget you and you are a great inspiration to all of us that fight for our Mother Earth. Thank you great Creator for blessing us with such a presence! Chin up, we will fight on; never surrending an inch to those that put self interest over the common good of mankind.
~ Kevin LeGrand
Such a selfless person and champion of our natural world will be sorely missed, but continually honoured in the work that will be ongoing thanks to her inspiration. My sympathies go out to her loved ones at this most sad time.
~ Rodney Peasley
I have not had the good fortune to have met Rebecca but I admired her vision nonetheless. My condolences to her family. The rain seems heavier today than other days.
~ Anonymous
you'll always be remember for taking a stand againist corporate greed, and looking out for not only your interest, but the interest of others. RIP
~ R. Hospedales
Rebecca had vision, a spirit that inspired others, and was a great leader. She will be missed, but not forgotten, since her work lives on.
~ David Wooley
A life lived fully in the service of all of humankind, all the creatures, and Mother Earth itself has so tragically been tragically cut short. Rebecca's good works and inspiration will carry on and the only consolation to be had is that we have gained an Angel to carry on until we have come full circle. My prayers and blessings for her friends and family.
~ Carolyn Carson
The world needs people like Rabecca People who enjoy the freedom to share global friendship, knowledge and peaceful experiences
~ Shiraz Ramji
Sparkling eyes, radiant smile, tenacious will, incisive mind… you were such a joy to work with, Becky. May your goodness and gifts continue on through all you touched.
~ Tara Brown
Becky & I met and fell in love in Ladakh in 1996 when I was working there with ISEC. She joined the volunteer staff, then returned in 1998 to work all summer. We shared a giant room, meditated together every morning, danced, ate, laughed, read aloud & learned a lot from each other, went trekking in remote Changtang. Becky became part of our family--one of the brightest, shiniest threads in the rich tapestry of my life,as our intimacy and experiences together grew deeper over the years. That Becky and Mateo invited us (me & my husband John)to marry them will always be one of the greatest honors, joys and privileges of my life. After the wedding Becky wrote to us: "I can't imagine a more wonderful wedding, nor one that was any more exactly US!" We talked the night before they left for Mexico and she was sublimely happy. My only regret is that I had not yet seen her REVEL speech, so couldn't tell her how magnificently she delivered her powerful message and how proud of her I felt. So, Becky-le, I'm telling the world: You, O-best-beloved, you were perfect. A glorious, brilliant, fun-loving force of nature. All these hundreds of glowing tributes attest to it. I am so lucky to have been close to you,to be part of your family/tribe and huge community of friends and colleagues. My heart goes out to Mateo, Mary, Jesse, Cameron--to her community & to all those who love Becky---and deep heartfelt gratitude to RAN for rising to the occasion so fittingly.
~ Dot Fisher-Smith
May her amazing success and story involving environmental issues inspire more young people to take on the cause.
~ Beverley Mower
All the staff at Alternative Technologies send our thoughts to the staff at RAN and Becky's family. We have worked with RAN for over 15 years and can hardly name an organization we are more proud to support. We are so sad to hear about Becky, but we know RAN as a strong and resilient organization that will keep fighting for change, as she inspired you to do.
~ Alternative Technologies
From the hinterland mountains of Queensland where our rainforest creek trickles through Australia's current heatwave, I write to mourn the loss of an outstanding leader and visionary thinker. Becky's work and diamond-like charm will persist as we confront the ecological and social justice challenges ahead. My deep condolences to her husband, family and the broader RAN community which has achieved such impact under Becky's leadership.
~ Mara Bun
We are greatly saddened by the loss of our dear friend Becky. RAN and Becky herself have been important allies and collaborators with Ruckus and we are impacted by the loss of another visionary warrior fighting for better tomorrows. Your presence will be missed but your legacy will last beyond our lifetimes. You have taught us so much, even in death about love, life and the struggle for a better world. Onward Becky! We love you.
~ Sharon Lungo, The Ruckus Society
So sorry, very sad...
~ Michele Hollinger
An amazing being - beauty, love, kindness, abundance and creativity- a soul of pure intention for life.
~ Jen Morgan
Such terribly tragic news. I'd not spoken with Becky since she helped with the effort to protest a huge biotechnology convention out in SF back in 2004. It was clear even then that Becky was an exceptional environmental leader, with the determination to do things right and sensitivity to work with people in many diverse communities. This is a huge loss for everyone seeking to grow a movement capable of transforming our relationships with the earth and its inhabitants. Deepest condolences to everyone who knew Becky as a close colleague and especially to her family.
~ Brian Tokar
We are animal advocates from Greece and readers of your website and newsletters. The efforts and initiatives of RAN against the environmental destruction are admirable. People, who love and protect nature and animals are unfortunately a minority on out planet, so our movement can't afford to loose people like Becky. Young people with integrity, vision and will to fight for the protection of our planet. Like many others we were inspired by Becky and we will carry on her vision and work at the full extent of our capacities and potential. We offer our sincere condolences to Rebecca's family and to her colleagues and friends at RAN. Thank you for everything, Becky!
~ Mary, Greece
The Forest Stewardship Council offers our sincere condolences to Rebecca's family and to her colleagues and friends at RAN. Her clear vision and strong voice will be deeply missed.
~ Brad Kahn
We are so sad to hear the tragic news. Our hearts go out to Mateo and her family, our neighbours for 22 years. She was an amazing young lady.
~ Richard and Susan Farrant
This is terrible sad news for her family, her friends and for the world. Her energy, focus and insight will be grandly missed. I hope others will follow in the fight for protecting our planet.
~ Jacqueline Fischer-Lougheed
Becky had an energy and spirit that was inspiring to everyone who knew her. She moved our hearts with a joyous laugh and moved our minds with strategic savvy. Her unshakable belief that each of us has the power to change the world was infectious. I often thought that Becky’s passion for her work could move mountains – in fact, she applied it to stopping coal companies from doing that very thing. I met Becky when I started working at As You Sow in June of 2010. At that time we were both interim Executive Directors and we met for “interim lunches” to discuss environmental issues and life. Her vision and strategic capacity were rooted in her deep belief of the possible and we always focused on tangible goals. My last conversation with Becky was at the RAN holiday party, where we immediately took a deep dive discussing the impending carbon bubble, details of fracking fluid, and upcoming EPA rules. We planned to meet early in the new year and figure out how to work more closely on issues that our organizations shared. Becky’s generous spirit empowered people around her including our staff and board who knew and worked with her and the RAN team. Our deepest condolences, support, and love go out to Mateo, Becky’s family, and the Rainforest Action Network family. We lost a friend and ally. The planet lost a fearless strategist dedicated to a healthy and just world. She will be dearly missed.
~ Andrew Behar
At my company's holiday party last year, which Becky attended with Mateo, I had a chance to tell her how much she inspires me and how grateful I am for her example. Here was a woman, not too much older than me, kicking ass and taking names in the global struggle for environmental justice and human rights - a woman who had found a way to use her talents in work that *matters.* Becky of course responded with a joke - humor was one of her gifts - but I think she heard me. Others have written so eloquently here of the tremendous impact she made and of her beautiful soul. I am moved to renew my dedication to the struggle, to find a way to honor her in my life and in my labor...as soon as I can stop crying. The only way to make sense of this loss is not to waste another day. Mateo, we love you.
~ Erinne R Davis
Watching Becky's speech in October 2012 takes me back to Montreal in the early-mid 90s. Becky was, then, a beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, and charismatic future leader. Our adult lives were just beginning and it's no surprise to see her, decades later on the stage, pitch perfectly addressing a packed room, leading an important organization. The Becky of 2012 is even more sharpened, determined, and focused but with the same spark and positive attitude that defined her, so many years ago at McGill. My heart goes out to RAN, Becky's family and friends and her husband, Mateo. I haven't seen Becky for many years but it seems impossible to believe that she is gone in body. Her indomitable and contagious spirit lives on. The world is better today with Becky's contribution. How many of us can truly make that claim? With Becky it is entirely true. Her example outlives her and will inspire people far into the future - well beyond the immediate friends, colleagues, and collaborators who were fortunate to have met and known Becky. It's a very sad time but I am privileged to have known Becky Tarbotton. Rest in peace, Becky. Craig Roberts, Vancouver, BC
~ Craig Roberts
Watching Becky's speech in October 2012 takes me back to Montreal in the early-mid 90s. Becky was, then, a beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, and charismatic future leader. Our adult lives were just beginning and it's no surprise to see her, decades later on the stage, pitch perfectly addressing a packed room, leading an important organization. The Becky of 2012 is even more sharpened, determined, and focused but with the same spark and positive attitude that defined her, so many years ago at McGill. My heart goes out to RAN, Becky's family and friends and her husband, Mateo. I haven't seen Becky for many years but it seems impossible to believe that she is gone in body. Her indomitable and contagious spirit lives on. The world is better today with Becky's contribution. How many of us can truly make that claim? With Becky it is entirely true. Her example outlives her and will inspire people far into the future - well beyond the immediate friends, colleagues, and collaborators who were fortunate to have met and known Becky. It's a very sad time but I am privileged to have known Becky Tarbotton. Rest in peace, Becky. Craig Roberts, Vancouver, BC
~ Craig Roberts
Becky had the rare combination of fierce competitor and graceful leader all in one, while at the same time remaining down to earth, literally and figuratively. Many leaders immediately feel "above" everyone else, and Becky never did, even when leading well out front of everyone else. I still can't believe she is gone as it was just a few months ago that we were protesting our very own President Obama together over KeystoneXL. She has such a brightness and levity to every move yet always with profound substance and impact. One memory that keeps coming back to me was at a Revel event where there was a room full of big donors. She made a point to come over to me and thank me for my recent donation and talk to me just like I was a big dollar donor. She lived and breathed a new world...one where kindness and fairness were ubiquitous. May we all usher in the vision that she brought forth. We owe it to her and to the planet. You will be missed, Becky! You will always be a star to so many....
~ Scott Badenoch
Rainforest Action Network is an incredible organization and Becky was an inspiring leader. Her death is a reminder that we need to follow our passions, fight for what we love and work to create the world we want to live in. I can only imagine what the RAN staff must be going through and I want you to know that I am thinking of all of you (and Becky). Thank you so much for all you do.
~ Sandra
The Staff of the Science & Environmental Health Network send our love and solidarity to the RAN family. Thank you, RAN, for creating a place where Becky's fierce and fearless leadership could shine. And thank you, Becky, for the heart and passion you poured into the movement, and for actually making the Earth safer and healthier for those who will walk in your inimitable footsteps. Your legacy is immortal. -- Katie Silberman & the SEHN staff
~ The Science & Environmental Health Network staff
I have never met Becky, but I am thankful for the work, devotion and time she dedicated to RAN and to the planet and all its species. All the way from Ontario Canada we thank you xo
~ Stephanie
Thank you. Go well. Peace to those you left behind. We will continue the struggle.
~ pete swanepoel
i've been reading and listening to becky's voice the past day or so as i am on vacation in Grenada. i had read of the paper agreement she helped to forge with Disney, and then had forgotten it again. i was glad for the reminder, and i was glad her voice and vision were projected here from the October 2012 conference which links to other talks too....definitely am reminded of voice of another canadian, Naomi whose last name I am forgetting right now, it is very early in a.m. will just say thank you for placing this memorial page here for all to see...blessings.
~ sean nolan
we love you, becky. the world has a hole in it.
~ Adrian
An enormous loss for this planet and everyone working to save it. A very sad day. Our deepest condolences to Rebecca's family & friends. Jerry, Richmond, B. C.
~ Jerry
I heard the news of Becky’s passing in the radio as I was driving in my car. It was, it is, so hard to accept such tragic news. I first met Becky in 2004 in Leh, India when she was working for ISEC. That friendship deepened when she let me crash on her couch when I moved to the Bay Area from NY in 2005. My life, both personally and professionally, has been deeply enriched by the time we spent together. I send my deepest condolences to all of her loved ones. Her presence, her smile, her passion will be greatly missed.
~ miakoda (jyll taylor)
Deeply saddened to hear about Rebecca's untimely death. Her contribution will be remembered for times to come and serve as a source of inspiration for others aspiring to bring about a change in the world, for the better.
~ mahnaz
I am so sorry to hear of Rebecca's passing. I want to express my sincere condolences to her family, the RAN team and to her friends. She was a real hero to me for all her efforts in protecting our earth and it's peoples from the many environmental issues that we are now facing. The spirit of her work will never be forgotten.
~ Gary Zajic
I have been shocked and saddened by the news of our dear Becky's passing. I still can't believe that she has left us, this beautiful warrior for the earth, so strong, so smart, so dedicated, so inspirational. Becky was a great support to me while I was Interim Executive Director at International Rivers, and we felt so privileged to have her on our Board of Directors. She was never too busy to talk or offer advice, and was always supportive. I loved Becky's irreverence, her keen intelligence, infectious energy and enthusiasm. I will miss her greatly, but that pales in comparison to what so many others who were so much closer to her have lost. My heart goes out to Mateo and to Becky's family, the staff and Board of RAN, and to Becky's close friends. It's now up to us to carry on the torch that Becky lit so brightly for us. We hope to do you proud, Becky! With love and affection and deep sadness.
~ Aviva Imhof
onward...
~ BP
I was fortunate to meet and work with Becky just a little this past year. I was immediately so impressed with her energy, her smarts and her drive for making change. Our world will miss her shining light.
~ Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
It's people like Ms. Tarbottom who make the world a better place. During her short life, she chose to be a person of integrity, honor, conscientiousness, generosity, and give of herself to stem the tide of human consumption and environmental abuse. There is no better way to live life or leave a lasting legacy on society and the planet. May her family and friends find spiritual and emotional solace in the knowledge that they had the privilege of knowing and loving a wonderful, kind, and giving person.
~ Liz O'Sullivan
Becky was hugely inspirational both personally and as a leader. Becky saw the connections that hold us together with each other and with the planet. Her strength and passion will live on in everyone she touched.
~ Kathleen Watkins
Still heartbroken every morning when I wake up. Sending prayers for strength and courage to Mateo and Becky's family.
~ Candace Saffery Neufeld
Many of my friends worked for or got their start organizing with Becky. She was an inspiration and kept things exciting and fun, even in the hardest part of a campaign. I worked on an article on the new generation of leadership in the environmental movement and Becky was such a light, she shone even in that article. Her light burned bright and I am sure the leadership her life inspired will only grow as people reflect back on her accomplishments and work to honor her memory. Many of us mostly knew her from a few events or from afar, but that was enough. She will be missed, but she was truly, deeply loved. In her memory, I expect great things. In the spirit of the 'strategic irreverence' she loved, I say we all raise a glass and do something amazing in her memory.
~ Richard Graves
We are so deeply saddened by the terrible ans sudden loss of Rebecca. We all send our deepest sympathies to her family, close friends, and our love and support to the wonderful staff at RAN. Our world is a better place for Becky's time spent here among us.
~ The staff of Breast Cancer Action
As has been so eloquently stated by all the comments here; a devastating and tragic loss. I envy those who knew her personally. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. The world is indeed a poorer place without her.
~ Liz Simpson
Thank you, Becky, for your diligent and tireless work to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, prevent climate change, and for being a leader in the struggle to secure environmental/ecological justice for Mother Earth and all her children. The movement for environmental protection and sustainability is stronger and more vibrant because you lived. Rest in eternal peace, Becky.
~ Brian J. Trautman
Gracias por toda tu alluda, Carino Y Educasion.
~ Efrain Correal
When the world losses a soul as special as this there is only one way to respond. We have to carry her torch and make sure it burns even brighter. Lets remember Rebecca buy getting up each morning and as we take in the heat of the sun and the fresh morning air we think of her and her commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. And with that thought we go out and we fight! We fight peacefully to fulfill her vision and honor her life!!
~ Marc
My deepest condolences to the family, loved ones and team work of Becky Tarbotton. I had not the honor of meeting her, but his work and the RAN have been an example and source inspieración for which we are dedicated to protecting the environment. Rest in peace.
~ Agustin Bravo
Becky was and continues to be an inspiration to young women in the movement. Her vision, passion, and humor will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to Mateo, her mother and two brothers, and her loving family and friends everywhere.
~ Katy Y
I would like to take it upon myself to send condolences from the whole of Canada. What a beautiful, beautiful human being Rebecca Tarbotton was, and what a loss for the human race this will be. May her family find some solace during such a hard time.
~ Mathew Wilson
I met Becky as a fellow rider on the Ferry between Oakland and San Francisco, she was riding a surly long haul trucker. Later I found out how impactful she was as an environmental activist. i use her work as an inspiration and hope to accomplish in my life a small fraction of what Becky accomplished by 39.
~ Anders Hellum-Alexander
Deep sadness arrived upon learning this news and has lingered on. Becky was an amazing light in this world, and her work has left a lasting legacy for our planet and with the people she touched and inspired. On behalf of the Environmental Paper Network, of which RAN is a leading coalition member, we offer our deepest condolences to her family, close friends and the RAN team. Thank you for everything Becky, your vision continues to provide leadership and inspiration to our movement.
~ Joshua Martin
So sorry to hear of the Becky's passing. As a periodic contributor to RAN and as a reader of your website and newsletters, I appreciate RAN's efforts for the environment. I will miss her communications. My condolences to your team and her family.
~ Arif Ali
I was so very sorry to hear the news. My heart goes out of Becky's family and friends and RAN. Emily, New York City
~ Anonymous
I am very saddened to hear about the death of this great activist. Her work was so essential to saving the planet. Let's be inspired by her spirit!
~ Eric Berger
Becky...Your inspiration and your ENERGY will guide us everytime we will meet the beauty of the nature and we will continue Your incredible adventure for every single tree or animal, fantastic companions in this fantastic Planet. Thank You Becky...Elisa (elydrum - COAST TO COAST live*band)
~ elydrum (drummer girl and backing vocalist band COAST TO COAST Italy)
As Becky's neighbor in Vancouver for almost 30 years her loss is totally devastating. While the world mourns the loss of a dedicated and passionate environmental leader, we here on West 43rd Avenue mourn the loss of a beloved neighbor and dear friend. My life and our family's life has been tied to the Tarbotton family for so long that we feel we have lost a daughter and a sister. For the last week our house has been filled with Becky's family, friends and an ocean of tears. The tragic loss of Becky's father, Mike, to cancer earlier in 2012 only compounds the loss and strengthens the ties between our families. The sadness will never end, but neither will the love for our darling Becky. Thank you to all the friends and co-workers in San Francisco, many of whom I met at her wedding to Mateo, who have showed their love. See you soon Mateo.
~ John Mason
I met Becky at a Green Drinks event in San Francisco as I was transitioning from environmental legal work to the solar industry. I felt as though there were mountains in front of us that needed moving to put solar on the map. Becky's infectious energy and humor were such an inspiration to me. The world lost a beautiful and amazing woman. My deepest condolences to those who were close to her. Thank you Becky for all that you left behind.
~ Holly Gordon
My deepest condolences to Rebecca's familiy over her tragic, sudden loss.
~ Paul H. Burns
My deepest condolences to Rebecca's familiy over her tragic, sudden loss.
~ Paul H. Burns
My deepest condolences to Rebecca's familiy over her tragic, sudden loss.
~ Paul H. Burns
My heart broke when I heard the tragic news about Becky's sudden death. My heart goes out to Mateo and to Becky's massive community of family and friends. I didn't know Becky well, but I knew her as a rockstar in the San Francisco environmental activist community. In my personal interactions with Becky, I remember noticing what a strong presence she has, how confident she is, and also appreciated her spunk. This is a massive loss and I'm so deeply sorry for those that are now grieving. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Becky.
~ Emily
From the moment I read Becky's bio I knew she was a special one. A real gem in the global movement that had found her path and was thriving whilst driving change. I am so grateful that I got the chance to spend some time with Becky in Kalimantan. The moments, stories and dreams we shared over a few bintangs will now stay with me forever. Becky could take you to the places and times she would talk about in her stories. She had a sense of openness, honesty and a clarity in purpose that was admirable. This is a great loss for our movement at this critical time. Now we all need to get to work in delivering the transformation that Becky was so passionate about. XX
~ Gemma Tillack
So sad to hear of this loss of life. May we find another great leader like her.
~ Melanie Fengler
i did not know rebecca personally, but i have always admired the work of this organization. this is a profound and tragic loss for the whole movement. my thoughts are with her partner, family, friends, allies and beneficiaries of her leadership. peace be still and may she rest in everlasting peace.
~ trina jackson
Becky was a bright, funny, daft woman, and that's what I will always remember best. And her pouty Lord of the Rings Arwen impression was really great. She always made me laugh- a total delight in the few years that I knew her. And she played the fiddle. What's not to like? Greatly missed. It's a sadder world without her in it.
~ Andy Murray
Becky was a absolute inspiration to me and I feel lucky to have spent time with her. My heart goes out to Mateo and her family.
~ Brian Somers
I'm so sorry to lose you, Rebecca!
~ Allen Carroll
Sad news for the new year, indeed! But what a legacy of enduring accomplishments this truly inspirational leader has left us!
~ Charles S Smith
What a loss she was such a brilliant woman. SO much compassion you could feel it just being in her presence. My heart goes out to her Family and those she worked with and loved. I will never forget the time I had with her.
~ Teri Blanton
A beautiful inspiring person with great vision.
~ chris cunningham
~ April Nutter
a profound loss. Pretty pissed I am only learning about her now.
~ Michael Farmer
a profound loss
~ Michael Farmer
I met Becky briefly about three or so years ago at a food justice movement meeting in DC. Lucky enough to sit at the same table, we immediately bonded. We were about the same age and knew a bunch of movement people in common. More importantly, throughout the course of the day, it became clearer and clearer to me that if she had lived on this coast, I'd want to be her bff. I loved how she thought about organizing and change - she told me stories and shared strategies that day that I still talk about and use. We went out for drinks afterwards (as good activists do after a long day of plotting the revolution) and I just remember the joy of connecting with someone who was so fun, so committed and so smart. We never saw each other again after that - different coasts, different campaigns for our organizations...and my heart just sank when I heard the news. What a terrible loss for her family and friends, for the movement, for the world. She will be so missed.
~ Timi Gerson
Dear Becky --- I didn't know you, certainly have never met you ..... but I do know the passion, energy, and love which you brought to your extraordinary work on behalf of all of us, and particularly, this fragile, lovely planet. Unbelievably, and so unfairly, you're gone ..... and I'm so sad. If ever we need one in the forefront of these monumental efforts, it was you. I can only hope and pray that someone will step forward in your stead to continue your vital work and that of RAN. Bless you on your journey ..... and with a sad yet grateful heart, I say "Thank you, Becky .... your presence has made a difference !!! With love and appreciation, Pat Quinn
~ Pat Quinn
What a loss. The world needs more Beckys, not fewer. The movement toward a sane, sustainable, and just world suffers a tremendous loss with her passing. Her vision and leadership will live on in those she inspired, including me. Wishing the RAN family all the love and tranquility in the world.
~ Ayelet Hines
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Becky. In researching and writing for my own website, Eartheasy, I often found inspiration from the Rainforest Action Network and Becky. I can only hope that her passing will inspire others to step forward with her skill and conviction. Thank you Becky!
~ Greg Seaman
I met Becky briefly in Charlotte when we were holding protests against Bank of America's financing of mountain-top removal. She was a wonderful person and leader of our movement. I am glad to have met her. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and RAN during this tragic time. Much love
~ Lowell Chandler
I met Becky briefly in Charlotte when we were holding protests against Bank of America's financing of mountain-top removal. She was a wonderful person and leader of our movement. I am glad to have met her. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and RAN during this tragic time. Much love
~ Lowell Chandler
I met Becky briefly in Charlotte when we were holding protests against Bank of America's financing of mountain-top removal. She was a wonderful person and leader of our movement. I am glad to have met her. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and RAN during this tragic time. Much love
~ Lowell Chandler
I met Becky briefly in Charlotte when we were holding protests against Bank of America's financing of mountain-top removal. She was a wonderful person and leader of our movement. I am glad to have met her. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and RAN during this tragic time. Much love
~ Lowell Chandler
I met Becky briefly in Charlotte when we were holding protests against Bank of America's financing of mountain-top removal. She was a wonderful person and leader of our movement. I am glad to have met her. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and RAN during this tragic time. Much love
~ Lowell Chandler
Words cannot express the sadness I felt on reading the news. RAN is an incredible organization and I know that will not change. I am very sorry that her leadership and friendship has been lost. Sending strength to her staff, friends and family.
~ lauren Ornelas
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What a strong and beautiful spirit Becky was! May we find inspiration in her words and in her memory, and carry forward the work that we need to do -- to create a life-giving, life-affirming human presence on this planet.
~ Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Dear RAN friends and colleagues, My heart goes out to all who knew and loved Becky for her strength and kindness, courage and humor, intelligence and humility. Her light will always shine bright.
~ Karen Topakian
So very sorry to hear about Becky. What a loss, for her family, the organization, and for the planet!
~ Louise M. Key
I am saddened to learn of Becky's passing. I admired her tireless work. My sincere condolences to her family, friends and RAN staff.
~ Kelly Gillespie
One of the things I love the most about RAN and our movement is how much of a family the community is. More than just coworkers, these are our loved ones, our friends, traveling companions and compatriots in the work. Becky was at the center of this 'generation' of the RAN family. And as an emerging woman leader her role was especially cherished and she will be missed. Much love to all of you who read this. Thank you for your role in our family.
~ Celia Alario
I worked as technical coordinator in ladakh for 9 years before becky joined, with Helena norberg hodge and jhon paige .I was as a brother to becky .we were family through shared experience as we all still are .I am amazed at beckys accomplishments .in grief we often forget our friends shortcomings .but I never saw any in becky ever. what wasnt there to love? .She was intelligent committed charismatic and full of exubarance a canadian tigger but more worldly . the roads are paved with burnt out environmentalists im one. not so becky she burnt bright until the end of her short life . but happily accomplished more than many twice her age .she was a unique person and a great campaigner . but it is the friend that was becky I celebrate and greive now .I will always cherish the memory of happy days spent in devon with becky and other dear friends.the heated debates the walks in the country lanes, and evenings playing music, me on flute jhon on his harpsichord and becky of course on her beloved violin .We would laugh our heads off at the strange arrangements issuing from our disparate styles and end with an exaggerated version of a particularly corny country and western number that we all knew the words to. ....becky twinkling with a glass of red wine .or dancing while beating me at snooker in a devon pub. this is how I remember her. I think her constant laughter optimism and good nature must have buoyed her up . allowing her to work with such important issues and keep such poise and equanimity never losing sight of the next goal ..The depth and sincerity of my sadness has really been a surprise.words really can not express ...... my deepest condolences to her husband and family, and friends everywhere
~ Ian worrall
now when i see the wind through the trees,a sky bright with stars, rivers flowing clean to the sea,there..Becky will also reside.We can't make sense of this loss.. when this earth's beauty reveals itself-there is Becky
~ Chris Noth
Dear friends and colleagues at RAN, and Becky's family, I am so sorry. I have heard from all who knew and worked with her that she lived showing us all how to lead, dare, challenge, and enjoy the world. I hope that memory helps you get through.
~ Peg Stevenson
Long time since I saw Becky but still remember her bright, engaged way - powerful and bright. She was a good fiddler and fun to be about. I am deeply touched to hear about her more recent work, that is since she left the UK - but not surprised she was so effective. She will be just as successful and effective on every journey she finds herself on. A great loss to us, a very great loss. Wishing you, her husband, family and close friends peace and lasting happy memories of your amazing Becky. I will never forget her brightness.
~ Lisa
Rebecca Tarbottom's vision of how to combat the environmental degradation caused by the western world's lifestyle and the methodology she employed toward that end are the reason I began supporting RAN many years ago. I am deeply saddened to learn of her passing. Condolences to her family and friends who will miss her so much more.
~ David Trimble
The world lost a fearless, passionate, and eloquent leader with Becky's passing. My first job in the non profit world was at RAN back in the late 80's and early 90's. RAN has always been a force to be reckoned with in the best of ways and under Becky's leadership the organization accomplished some incredible milestones. While I didn't know Becky personally, I so admired the woman she was and what she brought to RAN and the movement. Becky left a mark that won't be forgotten and her work will be carried on. May her spirit forever soar and may her grieving family and friends find comfort in knowing what a difference Becky made in the short time that she was here on this earth.
~ Terri Miller
What a huge loss for our planet as well as for those closest to Becky. I take some small degree of comfort knowing that I am among the many who were inspired by Becky and who will carry on her vision and work with an added sense of urgency and passion, as a result of her lasting influence upon us all.
~ Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Portland OR
We are not guaranteed tomorrow so we must live each day to it's fullest. I didn't know Rebecca personally but I was excited to read about her and the great work RAN is doing via their e-mailers and Facebook posts. We will all have to do better to fill the void she has left. Sending Blessing and Peace to her family and friends.
~ Luna
Thank You Becky for doing everything you have done to help protect the environment and the Rainforest! Blessed Be and Rest In Peace!!!
~ Anonymous
Bless you for all you've done for Mother Earth and All Living Things!
~ Susan vickery
I am so sorry. All love to her family and friends.
~ Kristina Pettersson
A Spectacular woman: her contributions and wisdom will be deeply missed. A hero for our times.
~ Judyth Hill
My Tribute to Becky: Earth and Fire, Water, Light. Rainforest mighty, Displaces Urban Blight. The Dream of One Has become the Vision of All. Plant a tree, Not a shopping Mall. Chum Reap Lear, Becky.
~ Laksmi Phuong
A while ago I watched a documentary about the orangutans of Borneo. The sanctuary saves and rehabilitates orphaned infants. It is sad and uplifting at the same time. I did not know about RAN or Rebecca Tarbotton until I read about her tragic passing. I feel like a family member has been lost. We should not let her efforts go to waste. In her memory, and to affirm her legacy, I have intiated a RAN donation regimen today. This is the least that I can do. Let us all keep her hope alive by doing what what she would do, take action.
~ Anonymous
No one who ever met Becky will ever forget her. It´s that simple. I didn´t get to meet her often - but her determination, humor and energy will stay with me as inspiration. Words fail us when we need them most. So let us remember Becky through action! http://ran.org/act/boa_stopcoal&track=ran_frontpage
~ Daniel Mittler (Greenpeace)
A big loss for the planet, but teh show must go one and the figths again the envirronemental crimes too !!!
~ Alain DUMONT
It saddens me to learn of the passing of this amazing woman. Although I didn't know her, I have great admiration and respect for her. She was a bright star on this earth. It is a tragedy she was taken so soon. God rest her soul and bless her family and friends. She will be greatly missed. We will carry on the fight for RAN.
~ Michelle Macy
We and the world have lost a true heroin. May she rest in peace. "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors . . . We borrow it from our children." Native American Proverb
~ Ellie Showers
Such shocking news. Becky was a courageous campaigner. I wish her family, friends and staff strength in dealing with this terrible loss.
~ Jasper Teulings
I couldn't believe this that she's gone! Just before Christmas she sent a card to me and i did the same as a member RAN to wish her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I will miss her so much and my condolence goes to the family. Thank you for all the work that you did during your life and everyone will miss you. MHSRIP
~ Lutangu Amulimukwa
Sorry for this bad news, i am suffering with you in this bad news but no body can stop death so we have to prepare ourselves because we will died too.I pray that peace and consolation be with her husband and all the family and also those working with her.
~ Pholo Mvumbi Roger
I was very saddened to hear of Rebecca's premature passing. It is a great loss for the environmental community to lose such a young, dynamic and innovative leader. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
~ Alison Leary
I have never had an opportunity of meeting this grand lady but have heard much about her efforts in saving the Rainforest from further destruction. We need more 'Beckys' in this world that is fighting to survive despite all man-created odds against her. I salute Becky for her 'Never-Give-Up' attitude, pray for her safe and equally exciting journey in the next life and strength and love to the grieving family. RIP Becky
~ Ms Pintueli Gajjar - India
I never met her but her dedication to the environment is a great loss to us...I am so saddened. RIP
~ Bobot Rosales
I am so saddened by the news of Mrs Tarbutton's passing. She was a brightly shining Star on earth and now she is among the brightly shining stars in heaven.
~ Odia Diedericks van Loggerenberg
This World REALLY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE SOMEONE LIKE BECKY!!!!!!!!!!
~ lynne mccabe
This beautiful person gave her life for all of us who love and care for the planet and each other. I never had the opportunity to meet Rebecca, but clearly she deeply touched the lives of so many and will continue to inspire people around the world.
~ Melissa Haswell
The inspiration Becky gave us grows stronger all the time
~ Peter Beaver
Becky was a sweet angel and a courageous warrior for Mother Earth. She inspired us all and we should consider ourselves very fortunate to have shared work and fun with her. She will be sorely missed. Although our hearts are broken, we can show our respect for the bright shining light that was Becky by rededicating ourselves to the struggle she was dedicated to.
~ Kevin Danaher
What a brilliant spark in the climate movement! To all of us working at building this crucial momentum, let us carry this woman's spirit forward with us. She gave so much to us. Learning about her work just days ago, especially the stunning victory with Disney this year, really punctuates her utter brilliance. Her loss will not be so crushing, if we all keep her with us, letting her bring her strengths and skills into our own pursuits, for a saner journey on this Earth. Thank you, Rebecca Tarbotton, for being the remarkable soul you still are, alive in all of us, who recognize how necessary it has been to have you guiding us here, for this too short a time.
~ Priscilla Rich
I wish the RAN community, Becky's family and her friends peace after such a tragedy. Our movement has lost a bright and strong light. While I did not know Becky personally, I have admired her leadership from afar - first in my role at Green For All supporting another of our movement's young female leaders and now joining the ranks as the ED of the Alliance for Climate Education. We have much to learn from Becky's vision - not least her focus on transformative change in the face of ecological crisis. Let this be a moment to root in what Becky demonstrated is critically important and immediately possible. Leadership that is fierce, optimistic, inclusive, idealistic and driven to win.
~ Sarah Shanley Hope
i tweet about green stuff from Brazil and I KNOW the green fight lost an important and inspiring leader today. the only thing i am able to say is fly, butterfly...
~ @supercarrinho
Becky's premature death is a deep loss to the Earth itself. Her fearless leadership and her devotion to human and environmental progress has been a true inspiration to us all and will continue to keep us going.
~ Leanne
Although I did not know Becky personally, I am a huge admirer of hers. My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to her husband, family, friends and all of the staff at RAN. We will all feel the loss deeply and losing her has left a huge hole that will be very difficult to fill. Becky, you will never be forgotten. The amazing woman that you were, the impact you have left behind, your ability to bring people together for the betterment of our world, are all lasting tributes that will live on and for all that you accomplished, we will all strive to carry on the legacy you have left for us.
~ Tamara Hayes
The world needs so many more people like Becky, and I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I continue to follow your site and support your important mission. Bless her, and all of you.
~ CJ
I never met Becky but I have great admiration for the work that she did in her too short life. A tragic loss.
~ joe reilly
Thank you for doing the work that I wanted to do but could not because I worked. You will be sorely missed. May your ideas, your bravery, and your vision now take a front row in our society.
~ Jacquelyn Fay
As a member of RAN, I am deeply saddened by this loss and my heart and prayers go out to Becky's husband, family and friends as well as her staff and all who knew her. I am a huge admirer of her and losing her is going to leave a huge hole for all of us. She will never be forgotten. The victories she was instrumental in bringing about, the changes for the better and just her impact in bringing people together for a common good will be lasting tributes to the person that she was and the symbol for a better world that she will always be.
~ Tamara Hayes
I heard Becky speak at Sungevity a few months back. She was both dynamic and down-to-earth....a rare combination. She sat next to Mateo, who organized the event to share with us the good work of RAN. My most heartfelt sadness for this loss for Mateo, her family and friends in the environmental community. Sincerely, Amy Gorman
~ Amy Gorman
I'm soooo sorry to hear of such a terrible tragedy. We need good people to save the environment for all the animals and plants as well as us humans. I hope you will find someone to replace her or at least who can help fight for the rain forest. It is so important to save them all.
~ Antonia Sarfati
Rebecca will be missed by all of us in the environmental community. She was a force for the conservation and protection of our natural resources and for changing the way we do things in our everyday lives. We can honor her by staying strong and working harder than ever for the environmental policies she fought for and stood for. May she rest in peace.
~ Dan & Judy Dickinson
What a sad loss for the world! An inspiring, dedicated environmentalist who believed in change.... We are truly saddened by this untimely death and wish peace for her husband and family. Her legacy will live on in us and has motivated movement in our lives and given fire to the belly to create change and fight on for her justly causes. Rest in peace Rebecca xx
~ Belinda & James
My thoughts and prayers are with Becky's family. Earth has no sorry that heaven can not heal.
~ Agnes
Love to all. I'm fortunate to have been in Becky's presence and seen her powerful force at work. Her leadership extended outside RAN, sharing thoughtful advice and organizational strategy with me and Global Exchange. For this, and much more, I'll be forever grateful. RAN friends, don't hesitate to call on us for anything.
~ Carleen Pickard
I'm deeply saddened
~ Douglas Paprocki
Though and prayers are with you.
~ Joe
The world is a better place for Rebecca having been here. She was a true environmental champion. May we all be inspired and energized to carry on her work. My condolences to her family, friends, and co-workers.
~ Louise Silver
I am so sad to hear about Rebecca's passing. Although I did not know her personally, I somehow felt connected to her. She was a true environmental activist in the purest sense and seemed to be a genuinely decent human being! My thoughts and deepest condolences go to her family and friends...No doubt she will be missed by millions of people around the world. Rest in peace Becky.
~ Frank Downey
Becky was great is keeping us up to date on what was needed, what was being done, and what had been accomplished. I enjoyed every e-mail from her - even when the news was difficult to read. Hopefully RAN will continue to support Becky's efforts by continuing with the work that is at had. My condolences to all at RAN.
~ Patricia Madsen
Thank you Becky, for your love and dedication to the natural beauty of our planet Earth. The Earth sings with the voice of the wind and music of tropical birds that inhabit the rainforests a melody of gratitude for your devotion to protecting and cherishing the splendour of its rainforests.
~ Peter Tijerina
So sorry for the loss of Becky. Please know that we appreciated her dedication. She is an inspiration to all of us.
~ Lynn
RAN has been an inspirational and effective organization with Becky at the helm, and her early death is a great loss to the movement and world.
~ Jessica Leber
So sad, please extend our family sympathy to Becky's family.She was an inspirational person.
~ David Cooper
The committment to environmental issues by our earth keepers are few in number. Those numbers will perhaps always be small but their time and efforts are huge. I felt the lost of Becky and stay committed to issues as important as RAN. Thank you Becky!!!
~ Bruce Jackson
I am stunned and overwhelmed by the news. I will continue to sign RAN petitions and remember a special person who worked for a cleaner planet.
~ Priscilla
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Becky. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends. I hope her vision with RAN keeps on going.
~ Sheryl Kapelos
Thank you, Becky, for all you've done! I know your work will be carried on by many!
~ John Zediker
My heart breaks for the loss of this courageous and passionate woman. While I only knew her briefly, I was moved by her vision, her commitment, and her striving to push RAN and the entire social justice world forward. Sending prayers and condolences to all who loved and worked with her.
~ Ellen Friedman
When the great earth Mother captures another soul to the sea, we all rejoice in the confluence of matter to spirit. May Becky know the great work she has done in protecting earth Mother is not lost to her daughters. We will sing the surcoub in Becky's honor at the lighting of the kreesheng.
~ Daughters of Gaia
A terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers to her family. Let's strive harder to save the environment and keep Becky's memory alive!
~ Chitra
what a sad loss Sincere condolences to her family and friends. The world is less for the loss of a great soul.
~ Christine Murawski
The loss of someone so selfless is so much more sad than any other type of human loss. Is a quantifiable feeling based on the impact. At least it was with loved ones and in a loved environment. Family and friends should be proud of her, I don't even know her and I thank her. Inspiration fuels aspiration, her work will continue.
~ Anonymous
Sleep well Becky, you did good girl and we will not forget you.
~ Anonymous
I am so sorry for your loss. She had so much to offer and contributed so much to saving the environment.
~ Lisa Perry, Florida
How tragic a loss, both of a young woman and a visionary leader. I know her work will be continued and with yet more vigour and determination. My thoughts are with Becky's family and friends.
~ Cally smith
I first met Becky in 1999 when I moved to Dartington, Devon. We were flatmates and co-workers for almost a year at the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). I remember those days as full of fun, inspiration, ideas and intense experiences in nature: walking together to Schumacher college in Dartington for lectures in the gentle Devon rain, intense discussions with various eco-luminaries around Helena Norberg-Hodges's kitchen table, visiting farm project volunteers in remote Ladakhi villages, reading Joanna Macy, and hiking on Dartmoor in the snow. Wherever Becky was there was music - from Irish sessions in cosy Devon pubs to lively farm project parties under vast starry skies in the high Himalaya - she could charm a song or a story out of anyone with her infectious energy and charisma. She was as dedicated to the fiddle as she was to developing strategies to transform global consciousness. Becky, I will always remember you as a shooting star, burning so fiercely but gone far too soon. You achieved so much and touched me deeply as a friend. Your memory will motivate me to strive harder and push myself further in the fight for global environmental justice.
~ Lucy Michaels
When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name a comfortable music in the mouth tending, as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth. When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it's over, I don't want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened or full of argument. I don't want to end up simply having visited this world. - Mary Oliver, When Death Comes thank you becky. you weren't simply a visitor.
~ kq
As a long-tinme supporter of the Rainforest Action Network and President of the World Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving rainforest, I knew Becky. She was a committed, effective activist for human rights and the rainforest, and a cheerful, kind person. We will all miss her deeply. I certainly will.
~ David Seaborg
Such a tragedy to loss an inspirational person like Rebecca, the world needed her.
~ Romola Hunter
Being also born in the Vancouver BC area I felt a connection to Rebecca.The agreement with Disney that she played a role in, such an important one in RAN's vast list of accomplishments, is a lasting tribute to this remarkable environmentalist who cared so much about rainforest protection by ensuring this large corp. uses much less paper & uses only responsibly harvested sources. I appreciate all RAN does as Rebecca did by deciding to make a difference by working with RAN. What a tragic loss. Heartfelt condolences to RAN and Rebecca's husband and family.
~ Dianne Carlson
This is such sad news for the world. We need more Rebecca's to un-do the damage around our world. She will be sorely missed
~ Susan Kiplinger
I am so very sad to hear of the lose of this sorely needed Visionary. It seems that sometimes the voices most needed are taken away way too soon, as in Steve Irwin. I am sorry for the world her family and friends...
~ Penelope Ryan
I just read an article on the Huffington Post about Rebecca's great work. Even though I didn't know about her great passion for the environment until today, I just wanted to express my sympathy. Her passing has motivated me to be proactive about the care of the Earth and my fellowman. Rest in peace Rebecca.
~ Mr. Jones
a pioneer, visionary and agitator as well as a true inspiration...a role model of all that is best in human nature...an incalculable and irreplaceable loss...this is a most suitable homage...RIP Rebecca.x
~ kevin sewell
The world is a big loser in her premature death.
~ Wayne D Wilkinson
I did not know Ms. Tarbotton, but her light was brilliant and it will keep on shining to all who care about our planet. Very very sad news indeed. May she rest in peace
~ Jutta Maue-Kay, The Maue Kay Foundation
Rebecca has left us with an inspiring legacy of activism. I wish her family well in the wake of their loss.
~ Kathryn Johnson
Ironically and sadly, I have come to know of Becky only through RAN's email announcement of her passing, though I've been a supporter (petition signer) of RAN for years. Viewing the video (of her terrific speech) on this page, I'm irrevocably changed by her. She stepped into her greatness and invited, and continues to invite, all of us to do the same. Nothing less than that will bring into being the world -- an economy living within the bounds of nature -- that she envisioned and lived for. Thank you, Becky. Your candle is lighting many others.
~ Carolyn Bond
I worked closely with Becky in 2003 when we opposed the big agriculture conference in Sacramento that was pushing GMOs. Becky was such an amazing organizer, bright, efficient, strategic, smart. But more than that, she was such a delight to work with as a person, always warm, enthusiastic and optimistic and with a great sense of humor that kept us laughing. We worked day and night--but we had so much fun! In 2004 Becky took our Earth Activist Training, and brought her knowledge, her energy and her grace to our course. Her death is a great loss to the world. Sometimes I think the Goddess is assembling an awesome team of organizers on some other plane of existence--but the truth is, we don't know why these things happen, and there's no reason or explanation that can ease the pain. We do know that death comes to us all, and Becky leaves a legacy of enormous love that surrounds her, of courage and conviction and a life that meant a lot not just to her friends and family, but to the earth. In love may she return again!
~ Starhawk
Thanks for trying to make the world a better place to live. RIP
~ Babs
I have only recently been reading and listening to what RAN has been doing, hears about their efforts through Surfrider. Have been impressed and will be a supporter of their efforts, I am sadden to hear of Becky's passing my thoughts are with her family and friends, she will live on in all of you and anyone who stands up for what they believe in. Much love to all of you
~ Kat
I read this news with a real pang. I only met Becky a few times but there was an informality and sense of fun she brought to her work that made me happy. You could see that it wasn't just her organization against others, but a real human adventure, with humor and passion. My sincere condolences to all who loved her.
~ Jacob Eliosoff
Thank you Becky for giving so much to the world, for a life about life. All is better because of you.
~ Elle Cook
So very very sorry to read of Becky´s death. It´s a great loss to the world and I´m sure her devoted work will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to the family.
~ Carol Alida Pennington
This earth has lost a true inspiration physically but her legacy will contine to inspire others. With sincere condolences to all the hearts she touched.
~ Diane Kent
My thoughts, wishes and heart go out to Becky's family and friends on this sad interval of grief and remembrance. Although I did not know her, I felt her spirit, purpose and passion were infectious. The Earth is a lesser place without Becky but we must all carry on to help realize her goals and dreams. Her light will shine on.
~ Brad Miller
Becky brought report of the Indonesia forest struggle and achievement to a Women Donors Network workshop in November: that taught and informed. She brought her self, which delighted and inspired. Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. Her memory is for blessing -- and challenge.
~ Elaine Reuben
Becky did indeed make changes for our planet! I so appreciate her words, "transforming everything about the way we live on this planet"! Thank you Becky!
~ Mary Ann Simpson
don't know if anyone else will find it helpful, but i recorded a song that came to/thru me after i heard the news, and posted it here: www.reverbnation.com/stonecrowe ...so much sadness right now for this big hearted wonderful brilliant person. i met becky at a permaculture/activist training in 2004 and it was so easy to love her right away! what a blessing she was.
~ meddle cascade
Becky gave us the feeling that -against all odds- we would prevail over the destroyers of the Earth.
~ Allan Badiner
My heartfelt condolences to your loved ones. Thank you for all you have done and for being an angel. You will be truly missed and will remain in our hearts always.
~ Ann Phelps
Thank you Becky, for your short time on has Earth has made such a profound impact. You will continue to inspire; your legacy will live on forever.
~ Ashley
Thank you Becky, for your short time on has Earth has made such a profound impact. You will continue to inspire; your legacy will live on forever.
~ Ashley
Thank you Rebecca for using your talent and energy to help make this world a better place for all of us to live in.
~ Tom Warsaw
So very sorry for your loss~ and the World's loss as well.
~ Debra Mahony
terra tibi sit levis rebecca
~ settimio cecconi
Quaker Concern for Animals in Britain sends our condolences to Becky's family and friends. We are holding you all in the Light and are sure Becky's life will continue to inspire the work of the Rainforest Action Network for a very long time to come.
~ Marian Hussenbux
My heartfelt condolences to all. Becky's impact is felt far beyond those who knew her personally.
~ Jeffrey Blumenthal
With incredible gratitude to Becky for her unrelenting dedication to the Rainforests and people of the World.. Even though I am a simple supporter buoyed by the courage she exemplified, I am in shock and mourning over her untimely death..Our world needs such visionaries who are willing to wake us up to our responsibility for what is most important for the survival of our dear Earth..I extend my profound undaunted ...
~ Cheryl Henley
The world has lost a shining star. I am truly sorry.
~ Rosemarie De Luca
Thank you for the important work you have done for our planet, Becky. Sending love and comfort to your friends and family.
~ Judith Meyer
thank you Becky for making this world a better place, and using your life so well. you are an inspiration: your spirit lives in everything and everyone you've touched.
~ anne
Rebecca Tarbotton revolutionized environmentalism, challenged us to return to the culture, to where people live. A mountain erected on the EPA's front lawn, Minnie Mouse in hand-cuffs, an uprising in B of A's hometown... there was always that brave humor. She was always smiling, even though she could make an apocalyptic assessment of the state of the biosphere. The warm humor and scary realism went together somehow, in this great woman's vision. You surprised us and led us! Oh! Thank you!
~ Rev Billy Talen
I feel a strong sense of loss though I did not know Becky. I feel like the world community of activists and Nature mourn the death of such a needed and effective leader. My deep sympathy to her family and friends. May we all carry on, inspired by her life and in honor of her memory.
~ Anne Craig
May Becky's amazing spirit be like a seed planted within our hearts. May each one of us re-dedicated ourselves to the work that inspired her life. She is alive in us... let's carry on in that spirit.
~ Patricia Monahan
It is said that no matter what a person does there is more to be experienced. Smooth sailing in your next plane of life.
~ Charles Baird
I'm so sorry for this loss: for her family, for the rest of us, and for the world. I'm hoping people will honor her work by stepping up to the plate and doing more.
~ Scott Logan
i had no way of knowing Becky but i had noticed a "newness" in the site and the campaign.....i am sure i would have loved her as you did and miss her as much too....i am deeply sorry for the loss of your friend and leader but i know the campaign will continue and be what she would have wanted....in sympathy...Diane
~ diane kizer
Deepest condolences to her husband and family and of course to all those who work with her. While she is a huge loss for environmental activism her work will live on Read more: Becky | Rainforest Action Network http://ran.org/becky#ixzz2GXy5YnpZ
~ Philip Hurd-Wood
Rebecca came to visit Eileen and I in New York shortly after she assumed the leadership of RAN.Some years ago I knew Helena Norberg Hodge whom she had worked for earlier in her career, so I knew she must have been a deeply committed defender of the earth and sustainability.We've had a wonderful dialogue over the last couple of years and her success in many areas of RAN"S business was substantial especially with Disney in regard to Indonesian forests.Twenty four hours after receiving this tragic news I am still grief stricken at this loss of a friend and special advocate for sanity. RAN has weathered numerous difficulties but if everyone can go forward with her spirit as guide, this loss can inspire yet more effective action. Terry Kistler Imagine our impresssion when this beautiful young woman arrived at our home one special afternoon in September 2011 to talk to us about RAN. Her lovely open face and sincerity struck me as I knew this was a unique human being. Terry and I felt a strong bond toward her from the beginning, and as we continued to chat I found she was not only a fellow Canadian but a fellow Alumni of McGill University. Oh how we will miss her keeping us well informed on RAN'S activities. Our dedication is even greater knowing that Becky would want us all to go forward. Terry joins me in sending our prayers and love to all her family. Stay Strong. with love, Eileen and Terry
~ EILEEN AND WILLIAM KISTLER
Rebecca came to visit Eileen and I in New York shortly after she assumed the leadership of RAN.Some years ago I knew Helena Norberg Hodge whom she had worked for earlier in her career, so I knew she must have been a deeply committed defender of the earth and sustainability.We've had a wonderful dialogue over the last couple of years and her success in many areas of RAN"S business was substantial especially with Disney in regard to Indonesian forests.Twenty four hours after receiving this tragic news I am still grief stricken at this loss of a friend and special advocate for sanity. RAN has weathered numerous difficulties but if everyone can go forward with her spirit as guide, this loss can inspire yet more effective action. Terry Kistler Imagine our impresssion when this beautiful young woman arrived at our home one special afternoon in September 2011 to talk to us about RAN. Her lovely open face and sincerity struck me as I knew this was a unique human being. Terry and I felt a strong bond toward her from the beginning, and as we continued to chat I found she was not only a fellow Canadian but a fellow Alumni of McGill University. Oh how we will miss her keeping us well informed on RAN'S activities. Our dedication is even greater knowing that Becky would want us all to go forward. Terry joins me in sending our prayers and love to all her family. Stay Strong. with love, Eileen and Terry
~ EILEEN AND WILLIAM KISTLER
I am truly sorry to hear of Becky's death. My deepest condolences to her husband and family and to all who work with her. To have such an inspiring person snatched away and so young, is a loss for the planet and all who know her and or who have at least read aboaut her. RIP Becky, your work will continue....verna
~ Verna Coxen
Thank you for caring enough about the world. Your dedication and passion will be missed. Thoughts go out to your entire family :-(
~ Jason Kemple
My condolences to her family and the RAN staff. This butterfly visited me after my Dad passed away. I am sharing it with them.
~ Jonathan Hayes
In Heaven there are celebrations for a job well done. We know Becky is attending her welcome home party knowing she gave her all for justice, love, and the preservation of our Beautiful Blue Planet. I think she also went with the hope that we will give it our all too, while we still walk upon the Earth.
~ Michelle
You don't know who is important until they are no longer here. There are no good-byes, where ever they'll be, they'll always be in our thoughts.
~ Paul Turney
You don't know who is important until they are no longer here. There are no good-byes, where ever they'll be, they'll always be in our thoughts.
~ Paul Turney
My sincere condolences to her family, friends and co-workers for this tremendous loss. She was an inspiration and beacon to us all. Becky made me believe that change is possible and all is not lost. Her life mattered and her death is a call to make sure that life - all life - continue to matter.
~ Molly Hickok
I was truly shocked when i heard as i had just read an email the previous day from Ms Tarbotton re RAN. Sincere condolences to all her friends, family and work colleagues.
~ Melanie Cameron
I live in Australia and have appreciated the work of RAN over years - in particular when recently working on forest and markets activism here. I love the creativity and fun, combined with the pragmatism and feisty attitude in taking on huge corporates. I had no idea you had such a young woman as director. Reading and learning about her work after her death, I am deeply grateful for her contribution - what a wonderful role model for other young women activists. Such a loss. Thoughts to all who miss her.
~ Nicola Paris
My sincere condolences to her family and friends. The world is less for this loss of a great heart.
~ Patrycja Sioła
I am really sorry for, God will safe her soul and help her family to face this loss
~ Rizwana Waraich
I didnt know this lady personally but its thanks to people like her we can save our planet. Lord have mercy on her and Bless her family at this terribly sad time. Think of her in Heaven surrounded by natures beauty and all the animals who live there with no fear. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends.
~ paula kenny
How sad to lose someone so young and vibrant. We will miss her messages and appeals and I am sure she will be missed by RAN.
~ Helen Ollerenshaw
My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
~ V. Van de Velde
I'm yet to attend any of the GESA Summer Schools but I have read about the exploits of Rebecca. She stood out among the lot. May her soul rest in perfect peace.
~ Samuel KM Agblorti
Such a sad news ! My heart goes to her loved ones and friends. I am sure her work will continue through RAN. Rest In Peace.
~ Jean-Luc Mercier
The world is less for this loss of a great heart.
~ Charles Kearns
borrowing a phrase, "only the good die young"
~ gary lineberger

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