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Industry’s Dreams, Indigenous Nightmares: A Visit to the Alberta Tar Sands

Posted by 07/14/14

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. Our journey in Alberta began in Fort McMurray, a boomtown where the international oil industry has set up a base of operations from which to conduct tar sands extraction. The scale of the industry anchored in Fort McMurray is difficult to overstate: the town sits on one of the world’s largest oil deposits, the Athabasca tar sands. The extraction of Alberta’s tar sands constitutes the world’s biggest...   Read more

New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply Chains

Posted by 07/11/14

CONTACT:Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply ChainsRainforest Action Network says new commitment by major palm oil companies may actually undermine progress towards achieving responsible palm oil  San Francisco, CA - In a further sign of a growing trend, many of the world’s largest producers and traders of palm oil released a new initiative this week called the 'Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto.' However, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) warns that the manifesto will not adequately address the current deforestation and climate crisis caused by palm oil expansion as it fails to require an immediate halt to the destruction of rainforests and peatlands throughout the signatories’ supply chains. The companies committing to the manifesto include Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Sime Darby Plantation, IOI Group Corporation Berhad, Musim Mas Group, Asian Agri and Cargill International. KLK was recently exposed for its controversial...   Read more

Closing Chicago's Toxic Cloud Factories

Posted by 07/09/14

Last month I was in Chicago to attend the U.S. Climate Action Network’s national meeting. The keynote speaker was Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Her speech focused on the agency's recently proposed carbon pollution standards, the first-ever rule to limit carbon pollution from power plants.  Gina made her presentation standing alongside this image, which made me smile:   It’s an image I know well because it depicts a protest that Rainforest Action Network organized in 2011, along with our friends at Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and some bold Chicago activists.  One morning, very early, we showed up at the Crawford Power Plant and climbed on top of a giant pile of coal to display a giant banner that reads "CLOSE CHICAGO’S TOXIC COAL PLANTS": Read more

The Tar Sands Healing Walk: A Photo-Diary

Posted by 07/07/14

Last week, 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...   Read more

What Do Siberian Tigers and American Forestry Workers Have in Common?

Posted by 06/10/14

Remember when we told you about Lumber Liquidators’ connection with illegal logging in Russia? The clearing of critical forests in the Russian Far East, the last habitat of the endangered Siberian tiger, is an unacceptable price to pay for cheap hardwood flooring. Our allies at the Environmental Investigation Agency released an in-depth report, which showed exactly how this crucial ecosystem ended up in Lumber Liquidators’ supply chains, and ultimately, into the homes of families here in the U.S. Today, the Environmental Investigation Agency released a new video on illegal logging which highlights the importance of the Lacey Act, the US law that prohibits the import and sale of illegal goods (including forest products). You can watch the video and take action here. This is especially great for people new to the issue, or kids, parents, and...  Read more

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