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Coal Finance Case Study: FirstEnergy's Failed Bet on Coal Power

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 Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club highlights FirstEnergy’s financial struggles associated with a failed bet on coal-fired power. FirstEnergy’s coal plants continue to be a huge financial burden, with the company now asking Ohio regulators to allow it to dump the cost of...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Lindsay Vanderhoogt

This past March, Palm Oil Activists from around the country gathered in the San Francisco Bay Area for a five-day campaign organizing and direct actions training with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigners and staff. These activists now make up the inspiring Palm Oil Action Team Leaders, and are taking the tools and skills they learned from the trainings back to their respective hometowns, where they are educating and mobilizing their communities to take action against Conflict Palm Oil. We will be releasing a series of blog with each one telling a story of a different leader. Here is part 1...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Leaders: Cailie Kafura

Cailie is a 21 year old activist from Wisconsin and a vibrant member of the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders group. The 4th addition to our current 7 part blog series focused on the Leaders, this blog reveals how Cailie’s passion for environmental and social justice motivates the work that she does in her community and on the Conflict Palm Oil campaign. If you live near the Green Bay, WI area and feel inspired by Cailie’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Cailie Kafura, 21,...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Jacob Foster

Here is part 5 of our 7 part series to introduce some the of leading activists at RAN, our Palm Oil Action Leaders. These amazing people are taking on the highest level of action with our palm oil campaign, and we want you to know who they are, so you take action with them in your hometowns. Below is Jacob’s story, an activist from Chicago, on what inspired him to apply to the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit and how his experience at the Summit impacted him. If you live in the Chicago, IL area and feel inspired by Jacob’s story, sign up to work with him by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Jacob Foster, 30, Chicago, IL Jacob has been an activist and organizer in the Midwest since 2009. His first introduction to Rainforest Action Network was in...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Becky Chung

The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a group of passionate palm oil activists who participated in a 5-day intensive campaign organizing and direct actions training hosted by Rainforest Action Network in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is part 2 of an 7 series blogs we are releasing to introduce these inspiring folks with the Palm Oil Action Team. Continue reading for Becky’s story on what has inspired her activism. If you live in the Orange County, CA area and feel inspired by Becky’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Becky Chung, 16, Orange County, CA Becky’s journey as an environmentalist began with a trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2014, where she embarked on a solo backpacking...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: LeAnn Fox

We continue with part 3 of our 7 part series blogs on the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders with LeAnn Fox. LeAnn is one more amazing activist who joined the Leaders Summit this past March, and her narrative of how she became active with the Conflict Palm Oil campaign is another great addition to this series. If you live in the Seattle, WA area and feel inspired by LeAnn’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! LeAnn Fox, Seattle, WA LeAnn has always had a passion for protecting animal rights and standing up for those who are unable to do so themselves. Her passion truly unfolded in 2007, when she became aware of the destructive nature of the palm oil industry. At...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Shannen Casey

Part 6 of our 7 part blog series that tell the unique and inspiring stories of RAN’S various Palm Oil Action Leaders continues with Shannen Casey, a Leader based in Los Angeles, CA. In this blog we learn what her vision is for her work...

Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Karrie Vrabel

Here is the final component of our 7 part blog series that tell the remarkable stories of RAN’s various Palm Oil Action Leaders. In this final piece, we learn about Karrie Vrabel’s passion for being an influencer of positive change. Karrie is doing some profound...

Obama Administration Rewards Malaysia with Improved Human Trafficking Status One Day After Wall Street Journal Exposes Human Trafficking on Palm Oil Plantations

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal coincides with sudden shift in Malaysia’s ranking; WSJ reports: "They buy and sell us like cattle," says palm oil worker. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, Emma@ran.org, (425) 281-1989 | Christopher Herrera, Christopher@ran.org, (510) 290-5282   July 27, 2015...

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