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Pressure is working: Cargill is on the move

Today, after seven years of nonstop pressure from RAN, agribusiness giant Cargill - the largest importer of palm oil into the U.S. - made a major new pledge to root out and remove deforestation, species extinction and human suffering from its palm oil supply chains. This is a major milestone as Cargill has long resisted change, even in the face of strong public outcry and bold action by its competitors. You have bombarded Cargill with petitions, creative acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, saturated the company’s hometown of Wayzata, MN with ads exposing...

Cargill Releases New Commitment to Fix Its Conflict Palm Oil Problem; Rainforest Action Network Says Crucial Details Still Missing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday July 29 2014 ***High resolution images available Contact: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 laurel@ran.org Following years of campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and others, agribusiness giant pledges to take more responsibility for the impact of its palm oil business, but key elements needed to achieve truly responsible palm oil remain absent. San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, global consumers and environmental and social justice organizations, Cargill announced new environmental and social commitments today that signal a potentially significant shift in direction for its palm oil business and more widely...

No U.S. Funding for Coal Plants Abroad

The coal lobby's best friend in the Senate is trying to roll back progress on stopping climate change.  West Virginia Democrat and “mouthpiece for the coal industry” Joe Manchin is trying to undo a new rule that would limit the use of U.S. tax dollars to finance dirty coal plants around the world. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is currently weighing whether or not to allow Manchin to attach his pro-coal amendment to existing legislation. Tell Harry Reid: No U.S. tax dollars for dirty coal...

Ryan's World

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...

Turn Up The Heat on PepsiCo

This summer, we're turning up the heat on PepsiCo. Pepsi will spend millions to convince its customers that life is carefree, that you can just "#livefornow". But #LiveForNow shouldn't mean destroying tomorrow.

Connecting the Dots (Or Why I Joined the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Healing Walk)

Last Saturday morning, I woke up early to join the Bay Area refinery corridor Healing Walk. I joined with over a hundred local Bay Area residents to walk twelve miles through one of the largest oil refining corridors on the West Coast. For the past few years, First Nations groups in Canada have organized a series of Healing Walks to raise awareness about the Alberta tar sands and its impacts on local, mostly Indigenous, communities in the area. While the Healing Walks have been going on for years, they have only begun recently to spread into the U.S. Here in San Francisco Bay Area, organizers with the local Idle No More chapter began a series of Healing Walks (four this year) through the area’s refinery corridor. Currently, there are five oil refineries along...

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