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A Halloween Trick for Pepsi

Posted by 10/31/14

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday more than Pepsi is today. See, the marketing folks over at Pepsi have been trying all week to promote their holiday hashtag #LetsGetSpooky. You, all of us at RAN, and thousands around the world know what’s really spooky -- the deforestation and human rights abuses associated with PepsiCo’s use of Conflict Palm Oil. It’s spooky, it’s scary, it’s downright evil stuff. And right now, Conflict Palm Oil is in PepsiCo’s snacks which are sold in over 200 countries. We’ve been telling Pepsi to cut this scary ingredient for over a year, and it just isn’t listening or taking action to break its ties to deforestation and human rights abuses. So we decided to take drastic measures with a “Pepsercism.” It’s not quite an exorcism, but we certainly hope it will help get the message to Pepsi to banish the...   Read more

World’s Top Coal-Financing Banks Still Won’t Touch Abbot Point

Posted by 10/31/14

      This week, BankTrack launched their latest report on the top coal-financing banks in the world. The ranking, topped by JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, includes several other U.S. banks in the top 20 based on their total financing for coal mining and coal-fired power since 2005.   As the piece we’ve cross-posted below notes, it’s telling that even the top financiers of coal in the world have decided to stay away the proposed coal terminal expansion at Abbot Point on the Great Barrier Reef. But unfortunately, even though most of their competitors have concluded that expanding Abbot Point would be a disaster for the climate and the reef, Bank of America still hasn’t gotten the message. By Ben Collins (RAN), Yann Louvel (BankTrack) and Julien...   Read more

Groups to Bank of America: Don't Finance Great Barrier Reef Destruction

Posted by 10/30/14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2014   contact: Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431 Joe Smyth, Greenpeace, 831-566-5647, joe.smyth@greenpeace.org Groups to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction Australian coal port threatens global climate, Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—An international coalition of groups called on Bank of America to rule out financing the controversial Abbot Point coal port in Queensland, Australia, days after three major U.S. investment banks pledged to steer clear of the project. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs all issued public-facing statements vowing not to finance the expansion of Abbot Point, but Bank of America has so far refused to take a position. The project would significantly harm the Great Barrier Reef--construction of the new port would require dredging part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area--and would drive global climate change by drastically increasing carbon emissions....   Read more

An Ode to Real Food

Posted by 10/24/14

This week over five thousand colorful events are taking place in communities across the country to celebrate National Food Day, a project of Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI). National Food Day mobilizes people at every step of the food system and aims to promote healthier diets, support local and organic farms, reduce hunger and improve access to food, end factory farming to protect animal rights and the environment and support fair working conditions for farm workers. Given the current state of our food system and it’s reliance on large scale industrial agriculture, there is a lot of work to be done in each of these realms. In honor of Food Day I want to highlight some examples of the inspiring work our allies are doing in the world to break America’s addiction to packaged, processed, refined...  Read more

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