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As RAN's development director I'm responsible for ensuring that we do everything possible to enable RAN to continue on a daily basis, doing the thing we do best - transforming corporations from earth destroyers into earth savers, and then pulling their industries along with them. And one of the greatest things about my particular role at RAN is that I’m responsible for acknowledging the support that we receive from you and thousands of others in order to carry out the important work of this organization. The New Year is an appropriate place to stop and do just that. So I...

Greenwash of the Week (Take II): the Malaysian Palm Oil Board

Wow... if you think that the Malaysian Palm Oil Council's advertisement (see Stan's Post) is atrocious, check out the intro video at Malaysian Palm Oil Board's website. Amazing, huh? The Malaysian Palm Oil Board's mission is to "enhance the well-being of the Malaysian oil palm industry through research, development and excellent services"... which is exactly what they do... even if it means ignoring all facts. According to the video, a monocrop palm oil plantation is "essentially a planted forest". Well, to me, a forest implies more than one kind of tree, the ability to support a variety of...

Greenwash of the Week: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council is promoting their product as the green alternative to oil (of the non-Malaysian Palm variety). They're running a series of ads each ending in "Sustainably produced since 1917". I'm all for turning people away from the sticky black goo, but mowing down pristine rainforests to do so is not what I call sustainable. I've embedded one of their ads below. We've found that "count the number of rainforest species that can't be supported by a palm oil plantation" to be quite a fun (and challenging!) game to play while watching it....

The nano-car. Small is NOT always beautiful.

Yep, that's what the world needs alright - another nano-something. This time, it's the 'world's smallest and cheapest car' released by India's Tata motors yesterday. It's tiny and it's seriously seriously cheap - as in, around $2500. How is it so cheap you ask?...

Anti-Mountaintop Removal Activist in Danger

Forget New Hampshire, let's pay a little attention to what's happening in West Virginia. While the national media and the latest generation of political junkies are close paying attention to one-time "community organizer" Barack Obama, community organizers in Appalachia are in a life and...

Forest Crime Scene Unit Investigates OfficeMax

At high noon on Tuesday, January 8 2008 a highly trained forest crime scene unit arrived at OfficeMax in San Francisco to investigate. OfficeMax has been under suspicion for some time - ever since their paper products were traced to clearcut forests in the...

Forest Crime Scene Unit Investigates OfficeMax

At high noon on Tuesday, January 8 2008 a highly trained forest crime scene unit arrived at OfficeMax in San Francisco to investigate. OfficeMax has been under suspicion for some time - ever since their paper products were traced to clearcut forests in the...

Forest Crime Scene Unit Investigates OfficeMax

At high noon on Tuesday, January 8 2008 a highly trained forest crime scene unit arrived at OfficeMax in San Francisco to investigate. OfficeMax has been under suspicion for some time - ever since their paper products were traced to clearcut forests in the Grassy Narrows traditional territory. The Rainforest Action Network investigators arrived at OfficeMax and found that indeed, OfficeMax is selling paper products sourced from the Grassy Narrows traditional territory. Once the stolen paper products were identified at OfficeMax and confirmed to be stolen from Grassy Narrows against the will of the community, investigators handed OfficeMax employees a Citation, and proceeded to the front of the store to rope off the crime scene. Investigators...

The Controversy in Grassy Narrows Heats Up

Tension continues to mount in Grassy Narrows. We learned over the weekend that four clan mothers in the community have built a wigwam on an isolated logging road in the northern end the community's traditional land use area in an effort to end destruction caused by industrial development. Read the ceremony notice - 1-6-07-ceremony-notice.pdf and this update, sent by a supporter in Grassy Narrows: “These 4 Anishinabe women are from Grassy Narrows, Ontario Asubpeeschoseewagong and are so determined to protect the forest that they have committed to spend one night on an isolated logging road to build a wigwam. They are deep in the boreal forest with a small group of supporters/advocates. Throughout this time tonight they are doing a vigil of prayer by lighting a sacred fire and putting tobacco in that fire. The danger is the possibility of a logging truck plowing through the wigwam. These...

The Controversy in Grassy Narrows Heats Up

Tension continues to mount in Grassy Narrows. We learned over the weekend that four clan mothers in the community have built a wigwam on an isolated logging road in the northern end the community's traditional land use area in an effort to end destruction caused by industrial development. Read the ceremony notice - 1-6-07-ceremony-notice.pdf and this update, sent by a supporter in Grassy Narrows: “These 4 Anishinabe women are from Grassy Narrows, Ontario Asubpeeschoseewagong and are so determined to protect the forest that they have committed to spend one night on an isolated logging road to build a wigwam. They are deep in the boreal forest with a small group of supporters/advocates. Throughout this time tonight they are doing a vigil of prayer by lighting a sacred fire and putting tobacco in that fire. The danger is the possibility of a logging truck plowing through the wigwam. These...

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