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Sara Lee and the Problem with Palm Oil

This month, palm oil activists around the country brought their communities together to make a statement to Hillshire Brands (creators of Sara Lee packaged pies and cakes) that the Conflict Palm Oil in its products has got to go now.

What Climate Justice Means to Me

“With the support of good people and the resilience of brave people, it seems like anything can be accomplished. Sustain the Nine.” — the late Pamela Dashiell, climate justice leader based in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward With the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina around the corner — August 29th — I’ve been thinking about justice. What do environmental justice, and climate justice, mean to me? Who are my environmental justice and climate justice (s)heroes?    When I think about justice, I think about communities living on...

Shutting down a coal mine on the road through Paris

By Morten Thaysen. Cross-posted from the Global Justice Now blog. Pictures by 350.org.  The view is breath-taking and strangely beautiful as we reach the edge of the giant open cast coal mine. The surrounding landscape has turned from fertile cabbage fields to a gaping wound in the ground with no signs of life. In that moment as hundreds of my fellow activists...

Chicago Activists call on Hillshire Brands to Cut Conflict Palm Oil.

For over 2 years, RAN has exposed Hillshire Brands, and 19 other snack food giants, as companies at risk of using Conflict Palm Oil in their products. Hillshire Brands is one of the companies lagging farthest behind in the Snack Food 20 group of companies and has refused to take action while its peers have begun reforming their palm oil supply chains. Despite thousands of phone calls and emails, we’ve gotten little-to-no response from Hillshire (which has recently been acquired by Tyson Foods) representatives. Hillshire Brands is the producer of Sara Lee cakes and pies, products that are laden with Conflict Palm Oil, yet it is clear that the company is not yet taking the rainforest destruction and violations of human rights in its products seriously. Activists held a banner and images of destroyed rainforests...

I didn’t used to think about the future

Image: Youth of Oceti Sakowin calling on President Barrack Obama to reject the Keystone Pipeline in March 2015.   August 29th marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina's first landfall. Change the Course is dedicating the month of August to climate justice, highlighting the disproportionate impacts climate change has on front line communities. To learn about Change the Course and learn how you can envision a just and climate stable future, visit ChangeTheCourse.org   Honestly, I didn’t used to think about the future much. The future seemed like a luxury afforded only to those who could survive the present. It’s not that I was especially pessimistic, but when faced with the cold...

Coal Finance Case Study: Coal Megaprojects Put the Great Barrier Reef and Indigenous Communities at Risk

As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to the Paris climate summit this year, we are highlighting case studies of destructive coal projects and failed investments in coal infrastructure around the world. This case study, authored by Greig Aitken from BankTrack highlights Adani and GVK’s coal mine and export projects proposed for Australia’s Galilee Basin. Adani’s project is back in the news this month due to a federal court’s rejection of the mine’s environmental approval and revelations that two more banks, Standard Chartered and Commonwealth Bank of Australia had walked away from it.   Indian mining companies GVK and Adani are currently embarking on plans to develop vast coal mining and export projects in Australia's Galilee Basin that would light the fuse to a 'climate bomb.' If...

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