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Divestment Movement Escalates

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 05/02/14

This week, the national fossil fuel divestment movement escalated, as student blockades popped up at Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis. By the end of the week, 8 students had been arrested across the two campuses, the first arrests since the fossil fuel divestment campaign launched nearly two years ago. The skirmish at Harvard touched off Wednesday, where students organized as Divest Harvard have been pushing the university to get rid of  the oil, gas, and coal holdings in its $33 billion endowment. Harvard’s president, Drew Faust, has dug in against Divest Harvard’s demands, even denying that the fossil fuel industry is blocking meaningful action to address climate change.  Facing an administration that refuses to distance itself from the fossil fuel corporations driving climate crisis, Divest Harvard launched a blockade of President Faust’s office that lasted more than 24...   Read more

Why We Are Blocking the Office of Harvard's President

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 04/30/14

Co-authored by Sima Atri, Benjamin Franta, Sidni Frederick, Ted Hamilton, Jacob Lipton, Chloe Maxmin, Brett Roche, Kelsey Skaggs, Henney Sullivan, Tyler VanValkenburg, Jacob Lipton, Zoë Onion, Olivia Kivel, and Canyon Woodward on behalf of Divest Harvard. This op-ed originally appeared on Stacy Clark's blog on Huffington Post. This morning we began blocking the main entrance to Massachusetts Hall, which houses the office of Harvard University President Drew Faust and other top administrators. We are here to demand an open and transparent dialogue with the Harvard Corporation—Harvard's main governing body—on fossil fuel divestment. To date, President Faust and Harvard University have rejected the case for divestment and refused to engage in public dialogue about divestment and climate change. Alongside the 72% of Harvard undergraduates and 67% of Harvard Law students, as well as the students, faculty, and alumni of Divest...   Read more

RAN Welcomes APP’s Commitment to Restore One Million Hectares of Rainforest

Posted by 04/28/14

New commitment ‘requires further specifics and is fraught with challenges’San Francisco, CA – Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company and a long-time target of Rainforest Action Network (RAN), today committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia. Responding to today’s announcement, Lafcadio Cortesi of Rainforest Action Network issued the following statement. “Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) commitment to restore and support the conservation of one million hectares (2.4 million acres) puts the company on ambitious new ground. With its commitment to restore and conserve one million hectares in high value rainforest and peatland landscapes, ensure restoration efforts will respect affected communities’ right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent and involve stakeholders as an integral part of the process, APP is going beyond what any of its peers have done in Indonesia and perhaps internationally. When implemented, the...   Read more

I'm Visiting Barclays Bank and I Need You to Back Me Up

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 04/23/14

This is a guest post by Paul Corbit Brown, president, Keeper of the Mountains. Tomorrow, I’m visiting Barclays and I need you to back me up. In 2013 Barclays gave $550 million in financial support, more than any other bank, to companies destroying my home of central Appalachia with mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). That's why I've traveled all the way to England to speak at Barclays' annual shareholder meeting. I want to ensure that the bank's leaders and shareholders know about the true scale of destruction caused by MTR. Will you help make sure Barclays can’t ignore the devastation? Click here to tell Barclays to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining! MTR is destroying everything I love. More than just leveling mountains, it will pollute our water for...  Read more

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