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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? PepsiCo is acting like a stubborn child - one who wants all the toys (or profits) but none of the responsibility. We need your help to hold PepsiCo to account. PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo’s continued unwillingness to...

Setting the Record Straight on PepsiCo’s Lackluster Palm Oil Commitment

  By any measure, 2014 was a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players announced groundbreaking global responsible palm oil policies that go above and beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and pledge to eliminate deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. While major work remains to truly implement these newly achieved commitments into real change on the...

Constant Conflict? Unresolved Land Disputes Still Haunt Asia Pulp and Paper

On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain Nearly two years after Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) made groundbreaking commitments to transform its notoriously destructive business practices, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has partnered with one international and nine local Indonesian allies to produce a report that documents the company’s performance in meeting its social responsibility promises. Recent on-the-ground research in 17 Indonesian communities affected by APP reveal significant APP policy implementation problems, and hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remaining in APP’s concessions. APP’s OKI Mill, one...

San Francisco Rallies to Reject Keystone XL

Last night, as part of a day of action that saw events in all fifty states, 300 Bay Area #NoKXL activists rallied in front of a State Department office in downtown San Francisco. RAN staff was proud to participate, along with our friends at CREDO and Idle No More.   RAN climate campaigner Todd Zimmer fired up the crowd: What do we want? Climate justice! Idle No More's beautiful banners: Pennie Opal Plant, of Idle No More, spoke to the proposed pipeline's impact on frontline communities:  An activist sent a message to President Obama: RAN's climate and energy program director, Amanda Starbuck, on the devastation Keystone XL would wreak on the climate: SF__NoKXL_7.jpg

The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force

Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50 states—all organized in about 72 hours! Even more impressive, many events happened in the bitter cold of winter, with temperatures in the single digits in many locations. There were too many incredible moments from yesterday to name them all, but here are some of our favorites: hundreds encircled the federal building in Seattle with the message “Climate Justice Now, Reject Keystone XL”; Indigenous communities across the country held #OcetiRising solidarity vigils with the Oceti Sakowin pipeline fighters on the Keystone XL route; Nebraska residents rallied outside the offices of Brad Ashford (D-NE) to condemn his vote for pro-Keystone legislation; in DC, we delivered 500,000 petition signatures to the president (including many from RAN members!); and in San Francisco, 300 people joined RAN, Idle...

Mobilize to Reject Keystone XL

After yesterday’s Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the ball is back in President Obama’s court. It’s time for him to reject the pipeline now. Next Tuesday, organize or join a Reject Keystone XL rally near you! Yesterday, the Nebraska Supreme Court finally weighed in on whether the proposed pipeline route for Keystone XL was legal. This was the decision we've all been waiting for--the Obama administration put the State Department environmental review process on hold pending the resolution of this case. And now the wait is over. Unfortunately, the court sided with Big Oil over the Nebraska landowners. But President Obama can still come down on our side, and at the end of the day this decision is still his alone to make. With the question of the Nebraska route...

President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate...

2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of...

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