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Be a Part of the Biggest Climate March in History

On September 21, New York City will see the biggest climate march in history. Be a part of it! You know the deadly effects of climate change: more storms like Superstorm Sandy in New York, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More droughts like the one right now in California, and fires like the ones that have been engulfing the Western U.S. every summer. Farmland drying up and sea levels rising, which means hunger and displacement for many of the world’s poorest people. Now more than ever, we need to show decision-makers that climate change...

Toba Pulp Lestari: In depth on one of the worst actors in pulp and paper

Indonesian pulp and paper giant Toba Pulp Lestari has been operating recklessly in North Sumatra for years. The company's mill has been poisoning communities and disrupting life and livelihoods for the local people who call this area home. The mill, and it’s operators, are responsible for horrific land conflicts between the company and villagers who hold traditional land rights to the company’s concessions. These communities, whose land is protected by customary rights under Indonesian law, rely on these forests for their life and livelihoods. As reported by RAN’s on-the-ground partner, Kelompok Studi dan Pengembangan Prakarsa Masyarakat, well over 17,000...

U’wa Indigenous Community’s Defense of Sacred Lands

  The Climate Action Fund was established by RAN in 2009 to award grants to frontline community groups that are fighting to prevent fossil fuels from being extracted. CAF is a grassroots alternative to carbon offset programs. Instead of purchasing carbon credits, funds are used to empower frontline communities to keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong. The U'wa are an Indigenous community of more than 6,000 individuals who have lived in the cloud forests of the Colombian Andes for thousands of years. At the heart...

The Coal Industry is Getting Desperate

The coal industry’s mouthpieces in Washington are getting desperate. This week, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) had this to say about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for power...

RAN's Pictures of the Month: July

July was another busy month over at RAN's Facebook page! Here's a look at the month's most popular pictures. 3. The Bronze Panther for Third Most Popular Picture goes to ...  ... these adorable (and threatened) orangutans. Tell...

All You Need to Jam PepsiCo This Summer

Following the Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil, PepsiCo responded by announcing a Forestry Stewardship Policy and Palm Oil Commitment. Unfortunately, neither of these new promises are strong enough to guarantee that Pepsi’s use of palm oil is not driving destruction. Instead of cutting Conflict Palm Oil from its products, PepsiCo continues to push its darkly ironic #LiveForNow campaign. PepsiCo is telling people not to worry about climate change, the fate of the last wild orangutans and children that are forced to work in slave-like conditions on oil palm plantations and just #LiveForNow! PepsiCo is pushing its #LiveForNow propaganda out through it’s “Real Big Summer” marketing campaign which includes Pepsi sponsored concerts and events around the world.  Activists like you are fighting back.  Around the world, people are taking to the streets and to social media to send PepsiCo the message that #LiveForNow shouldn't mean destroying tomorrow. Here's how...

Environmental Injustice in Alberta

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. Todd's previous post was "Industry's Dreams, Indigenous Nightmares: A Visit to the Alberta Tar Sands".  We left the tar sands boomtown of Fort McMurray via Highway 63, a notoriously dangerous road we were warned was trafficked by huge trucks hauling mining machinery and by oil workers cutting loose on their time off. Fortunately, we traveled the short distance to the Tar Sands Healing Walk camp without incident. We...

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’s role in orangutan extinction, rainforest destruction, child labor and human rights abuses and pressured its customers - the Snack Food 20 - to cut Conflict Palm Oil from their products.   Cargill is now committing...

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