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Vermont Stands Up Against Keystone XL

  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...

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

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...

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

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...

Closing Chicago's Toxic Cloud Factories

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...

The Tar Sands Healing Walk: A Photo-Diary

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 of the local First Nations Communities.  Walking amidst the Tar Sands destruction was a humbling...

APRIL Makes A Mockery Of Its Own "Sustainable" Forest Policy

  Almost six months after the release of its Sustainable Forest Management Policy, Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL)—the second-largest Indonesian pulp & paper company—continues business-as-usual rainforest destruction, betraying the spirit and substance of its policy. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in May that APRIL-owned PT RAPP cleared massive swaths of carbon-rich peatlands on Pulau Padang, an island off the Sumatran coast that APRIL promised to help restore. Members of island community Desa Bagan Melibur have called on APRIL to terminate operations on their community land, and Desa Bagan Melibur’s May 17 protest is the most recent clash in a stark legacy of land disputes between APRIL and Padang’s thirteen villages since 2009. Pulau Padang’s peatlands store millions of tons of carbon and are home to endangered species and communities that depend on these forests for their livelihoods. You...

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

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...

Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Five Things You Need to Know

A few days ago, I sat down for an interview with the good folks at Living on Earth, Public Radio International's weekly environmental news show. We talked about RAN's work fighting mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining in Appalachia, and the banks that fund it. From that interview, here are five things you need to know: MTR destroys some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the U.S. The first step in blowing the top off a mountain is clear cutting the forest off the top of it—some of the most diverse forests in the United States. MTR debris is toxic. The rubble that's left after the coal gets picked out of it is full of mercury and heavy metals—and all of it gets pushed into the valleys and streams next to the...

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