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Oil Palm Devastating Indigenous Communities

I just returned to Kuching after visiting with seven Indigenous communities in northern Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo). What we saw was a tragic and infuriating picture of collusion between the state government and oil palm and logging companies to cheat, harass, intimidate, arrest and displace the people who have lived on and cultivated this land for generations. In one community, about a hundred people greeted us and the headman gave a speech saying we were “like gods sent from heaven” to help them. Community 1 had six houses destroyed by a logging company that had been granted a license...

Justicia Now! Shame on Chevron!

This week has filled me with immense pride for work of the Indigenous and campesino communities who have been waging a campaign for social and environmental justice in the Ecuadorian Amazon since 1993. On Monday, Luis Yanza and Pablo Fajardo were awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize along with 5 other environmental leaders from all corners of the globe. Luis Yanza has been at the forefront of the campaign and lawsuit to hold Texaco, now Chevron, accountable for the destruction it caused as a result of its operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1992. Pablo Fajardo is...

RAN Exposes Weyerhaeuser to Shareholders

Update: better quality video of the event is here. Update: pictures from the event are here. This morning, RAN activists gave Weyerhaeuser shareholders an idea of what the company is really about (not the greenwashing lies it posts on its website). About 20 of us descended on the company's annual shareholder meeting with a 20-foot banner equating the "American Dream" (of big, new homes) with a "Native Nightmare" of flattened forests and eviscerated ecosystems. Three activists locked themselves to the HQ's front entrance and declared that they wouldn't leave...

On a mission to expose the human costs of palm oil

I just arrived in Kuching, Malaysia, after 20 grueling hours of travel from San Francisco. I’m here to take part in a fact finding mission organised by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), Tenaganita, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and Pesticide Action Network Asia-Pacific (PAN AP). Over the next week, we’ll be visiting communities threatened by proposed palm oil plantations to learn more about what’s happening and find out what we can do to help. We’ll also meet with Malaysian advocacy groups and hold a couple of press conferences to call attention to the threats posed by palm oil expansion. During my trip, I had lots of time to do some background reading. Here’s what I found out: Between 1990 and 2000,...

Some pretty darn good tips for greening your money

Here's a good post on Grist, 'Any Portfolio in a Storm' about environmentally friendly investing - or if you don't have any investments, but might one day - where you can go to get advice on how to put your money someplace that doesn't have hideous environmental, social and climate implications. Now, I do take issue with the fact that the very first piece of advice revolves around not getting printed receipts at the ATM - but mostly because from my perspective, WHERE you choose to bank is the most important factor in how green your money is (ahem no pun intended - obviously money is green, but you know, the other kind of green which apparently we're now supposed to start calling 'blue', but that's fodder for a different post). But this article does actually cover that issue too and points people towards credit unions (my fave)...

Climate Activists Blockade Dominion HQ

Blue Ridge Earth First! blockaded Dominion Resources HQ in Richmond Va today. EARTH FIRST! BLOCKADES DOMINION HEADQUARTERS IN RICHMOND IN PROTEST TO COAL PLANT: YOUTH FROM WISE CO. TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA OPPOSE DOMINION'S DIRTY ENERGY...

Rebirth of a Dream

I coauthored this with Amy Ortiz, a student activist from the RAN network, who also works with Southern Energy Network. This past weekend, April 4-6th, something historic took place in Memphis, Tennessee. During the same few days where people from across the nation gathered...

Rebirth of a Dream

I coauthored this with Amy Ortiz, a student activist from the RAN network, who also works with Southern Energy Network. This past weekend, April 4-6th, something historic took place in Memphis, Tennessee. During the same few days where people from across the nation gathered...

Rebirth of a Dream

I coauthored this with Amy Ortiz, a student activist from the RAN network, who also works with Southern Energy Network. This past weekend, April 4-6th, something historic took place in Memphis, Tennessee. During the same few days where people from across the nation gathered...

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