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Breaking: Global Day of Action Underway!

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 05/20/14

We’re winning. Because of you, PepsiCo is reeling. Over 300,000 of you have demanded PepsiCo cut Conflict Palm Oil from its products. Today, our Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil is sweeping the world, ratcheting up the pressure for PepsiCo to break its ties to deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution. A moment ago, RAN unfurled a massive 60 foot banner exposing the impacts of Conflict Palm Oil at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. From the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia to cities across Australia and the UK, to the beaches of San Francisco and Brazil, students, families and ordinary people have organized themselves in droves today to send a clear and united message to PepsiCo and its peers: the time to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from your products is now. PepsiCo is scrambling—the fact that...   Read more

Bank of America and Drummond Coal in Colombia

Posted by 05/18/14

This blog post has been updated. This month, Rainforest Action Network and three allies testified at Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting, urging them to drop coal, to stop profiting from environmental destruction and human rights abuses. We're posting the statements of our three allies. Add your voice by telling Bank of America to stop funding coal—and come clean on climate change.  My name is Santiago Piñeros. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and I work with Pensamiento y Acción Social (Thought and Social Action), an NGO that assists communities affected by large-scale mining in the center of the Cesar region in Colombia. I have had the opportunity to see how Drummond LTD operates in these areas, a multinational company in which Bank of America invests millions of dollars to develop its extractive coal and gas business. Three towns located in the middle of...   Read more

Report Finds Sector-Wide Shift as Publishing Industry Embraces Social and Environmental Responsibility

Posted by 05/15/14

Two major publishing houses – HMH and Macmillan - announce new paper policies San Francisco, CA – A report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), titled A New Chapter for the Publishing Industry: Putting Promises into Practice, documents an industry-wide transition away from the use of paper sourced from controversial fiber connected with rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution. RAN also welcomes the release of new responsible paper procurement policies by two major publishing companies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Macmillan. The companies’ new public commitments establish them as leaders among their peers. “Our report finds that major publishers are doing the hard work needed to root out rainforest destruction from their supply chains. This ‘race to the...   Read more

Join the Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil: The Power is #InYourPalm

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 05/09/14

I recently heard Jane Goodall speak about the importance of having hope in a time when our planet’s natural systems teeter on the brink of collapse. She compared climate change to a titanic ship that takes a while to build up momentum, but once it gains speed, it may be too huge and too fast to turn to avoid the iceberg in its path. We’re currently on that ship - all of humanity, together. Which means that our children’s future depends on the choices you and I make today. We can either quickly respond to the signs all around us that point to climate catastrophe and jump on board this “all hands on deck” moment to stop climate change or we can idly stand by and watch our ship sink. As a new mom, slowing climate change by protecting our tropical forests – the largest...  Read more

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