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RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline

For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org EPA gives the president everything he needs to reject Keystone In response to comments by the Environmental Protection Agency released today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “The EPA’s comments today on Keystone XL confirm what we’ve long known to be true: that this pipeline would be an utter disaster for the climate. For a president who has pledged to reject the pipeline if it fails the...

Report from Riau: APRIL's "Sustainable Forest Management Policy" One Year On

This guest blog comes to us from Isnadi Esman, the elected Secretary General of the Riau Network of Peatland Communities (JMGR), a community based organization dedicated to securing land rights and improving livelihoods of communities living in the peatland landscapes of the Indonesian province of Riau in Sumatra. Riau province is ground zero for the conversion of peatlands and displacement of peatland communities by the pulp and paper industry. Isandi is from a community on the island of Pulau Padang that has been struggling with APRIL, Indonesia’s biggest forest destroyer and part of the Royal Golden Eagle Group cartel,...

ABC7 News: Bay Area Environmental Activists Blast PepsiCo's Use of Palm Oil

"The demand for palm oil has exploded because it's cheap, the trees grow fast, and the oil does not contain trans fats. Some call it a miracle crop. But palm oil can have a dark side."It's connected to massive scale human rights violations and environmental destruction across the world," said Laurel Sutherlin with the Rainforest Action Network." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Don't Miss Out: Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit

You’re going to want to clear your schedule. This. Is. Huge. I’m really excited to tell you about the next big thing happening with the Palm Oil Action Team: The first ever Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit! The Palm Oil Action Team is making some of the largest companies in the world change their policies and their practices to protect the precious rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. We're winning, but there is still more work to be done. That's why I am so excited to invite you to join the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit. When you apply to join the Summit and become a Palm Oil Action Leader, here’s what you’ll get: Attend the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit in San Francisco, CA from March 27 - 31st where you will be trained in designing and coordinating creative actions, communicating clearly...

Don’t let Big Coal destroy the Great Barrier Reef

Thanks to your pressure, several of the world’s largest banks have said “no” to financing a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk.1 But now, news reports have revealed that the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank is considering financing this destructive project.2 Tell the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank -- don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef! This is an outrage: The U.S. government should be investing in climate solutions, not throwing coal a financial lifeline and trashing a global treasure such as the Great Barrier Reef. Even Wall Street thinks the coal industry's plan to build a giant coal port in the middle of the reef is too toxic to fund; late last year, thanks to your activism, Rainforest Action Network secured...

Bloomberg Business: Activists Launch Parody Video Attack on Pepsi's Snack Pantry

'PepsiCo's snack-food empire is under attack by satirical videos. It started earlier this month with a spoof video from the environment group SumOfUs, depicting a typical rom-com couple who meet cute by reaching for the last Doritos chip in a bowl. They proceed to have a Doritos-filled romance—breakfast in bed with Doritos cereal, a Christmas tree with Doritos ornaments, a candlelit bath for two in a tub filled with Doritos—before going on a trip to see a "Doritos Forest," which turns out to be a smoldering ruin carved out of the jungle. "Doritos," reads the tag line. "May contain traces of rainforest." PepsiCo was not amused. After the video received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube, the company fired back last week by dismissing it as a stunt "focused on fiction rather than facts." Then, on Tuesday, came another environmentalist salvo from the Rainforest Action Network, this time targeting another popular snack in the Pepsi pantry:...

PepsiCo needs a Time Out

PepsiCo needs a Time Out. Between now and the end of February, Palm Oil Activists around the world are putting PepsiCo in a Time Out until it cuts Conflict Palm Oil. Why a Time Out?...

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