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RAN Supports Indigenous Youth In Fight Against Invasive Logging

Posted by 07/24/14

On the night of December 2, 2002, with temperatures below zero, two sisters and young Indigenous mothers from the Grassy Narrows First Nation drove from their reserve, located in the southern fringe of the vast Boreal Forest in northern Ontario, to a logging road just a few miles from their home and felled trees over the road to protest unwanted logging on their land. Their protest was the spark that ignited their small community of 1,000 to launch the longest standing logging blockade in North America, which continues to this day. In June 2008, the people of Grassy Narrows celebrated victory when AbitibiBowater (now Resolute Forest Products), one of the largest paper companies in the world, agreed to stop logging on 1 million acres of Grassy Narrows traditional territory in the Whiskey Jack Forest. However, in late 2013, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources finalized and approved a new...   Read more

Searching For a Decolonized Mind

Posted by 07/22/14

In late June, a team of RAN staff travelled to Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada to participate in the Tar Sands Healing Walk, which is organized and hosted by members of the local First Nations Communities. Walking amidst the tar sands destruction was a humbling and powerful experience. This blog post is one of a series, sharing our impressions and reflections. The tar sands developers try to camouflage their industry, so you don’t know it’s a part of a greater system of oppression. From the main roads around the tar sands industry only thick forests and an immense turquoise sky are visible. These lands are valuable to the First Nations people including the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Beaver Lake Cree, and the Mikisew Cree, who have always lived in the vicinity and whose health and...   Read more

Don't be fooled by the "Talk and Log" Initiative

Posted by 07/22/14

Some of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil have released a new initiative called the “Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto”. They claim to be “accelerating the journey to no deforestation” but at the same time they're refusing to halt their bulldozers while they continue to destroy rainforests and peatlands.  Consumers and food manufacturing companies, including the Snack Food 20, that buy palm oil from manifesto members Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Group Corporation Berhad, Musim Mas Group, Asian Agri and Cargill International should not be fooled by their ‘talk and log’ manifesto. This ‘talk and log’ manifesto is a far weaker commitment than those recently adopted by other palm oil producers and traders, including Wilmar International, Golden Agri Resources (GAR) and members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group. The manifesto falls far short of these...   Read more

Turn Up The Heat on PepsiCo

Posted by 07/17/14

On May 20, thousands of us united in a Global Day of Action to tell PepsiCo to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo responded by announcing a Forestry Stewardship Policy and Palm...   Read more

Vermont Stands Up Against Keystone XL

Posted by 07/16/14

  This blog post is by Geoff Gardner of West Fairlee, Vermont. Geoff is a member of a No KXL activist group in the state's Upper Valley.  This is a story about the first action, last June 16th, of our little NoKXL affinity group in the Upper Valley of Vermont. But it’s also a story about a kind of event activists can’t e xpect to happen every time they hit the streets but find inspiring whenever anything like it does occur.  Our group is made up of twenty or so people most of whom have signed the pledge—sponsored by Rainforest Action Network, Credo and The Other 98%—to risk arrest resisting the Keystone XL pipeline. Most of us have also attended one of the non-violent direct action training sessions held in our...  Read more

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