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World leaders must deliver strong goals and money to make REDD happen

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funding and targets absent as REDD text moves to ministerial level

Copenhagen - As REDD negotiating text goes to ministers this morning at the Copenhagen climate change talks, two outcomes are possible with several pivotal issues undecided. An agreement to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could be the strongest global measure ever enacted to protect the world's forests or a deal to incentivize their destruction.

Packaging Supplier to Fashion’s Finest Rejects Rainforest Destruction

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

San Francisco – After a two-month campaign by Rainforest Action Network and pressure from fashion industry leaders, New Hampshire based luxury packaging company PAK 2000 has announced that they will cut all financial ties with their majority shareholder, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), by the end of 2009. Additionally, RAN and PAK 2000 have agreed to work together on developing and implementing a leadership paper policy in the first quarter of 2010.

REDD Forest Agreement Hits New Low, Missing Basic Elements

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Barcelona – Prospects for a robust agreement to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD) are on a knife-edge as the United Nations climate change negotiations in Barcelona draw to a close today, according to forest and climate experts from the Ecosystems Climate Alliance.

Forest Protection Still Missing in REDD Negotiations

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Barcelona – The potential of REDD to deliver real reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to protect the rights of indigenous peoples in their forest homes hangs in the balance as language protecting forests remains missing from negotiating text for a climate change agreement.

Gucci Group Commits to Protecting Indonesia's Rainforests

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

San Francisco - Joining forces with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the prestigious conglomerate of fashion and luxury brands Gucci Group has decided to eliminate all paper made from Indonesian rainforests and plantations and by controversial suppliers like Asia Pulp and Paper. The move is a first step in implementing an industry-leading paper policy and a continuation of the Gucci Group’s interest in stemming climate change, about twenty percent of which stems from forest loss.

Destruction of Orangutan Sanctuary Highlights Risk of REDD

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bangkok – As world leaders gather to negotiate a new global climate deal, one pulp and paper company in Indonesia is proceeding with plans to pulp up to 170,000 hectares of natural forest in Sumatra’s Bukit Tigapuluh. The forest landscape is key habitat for critically endangered Sumatran tigers and Sumatran elephants, and the site of the world’s only successful Sumatran orangutan reintroduction program.

Fashion Week Party Connects Climate Change to Luxury Shopping Bags

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New York – Taking a break from Fashion Week’s normal shows and parties, some of New York’s finest fashionistas will pause on Tuesday, September 15 to bring awareness to the plight of one of the world’s most urgently endangered rainforests. Hosted by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the new GreenShows EcoFashion Week opening night party will highlight fashion’s ability to help stop climate change by halting forest destruction.

Whole Foods Market® Supports End to Unsustainable Palm Oil

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – Whole Foods Market has joined Rainforest Action Network (RAN) in expressing concern for the unsustainable practices of the global palm oil industry and calling for change in the U.S. Market. The largest organic retailer in the U.S. has voiced its commitment to sourcing palm oil that does not contribute to destroying the world’s remaining tropical rainforests, displace communities or contribute to global climate change.

S.O.S Amazon!!: Indigenous Lead Over 1000 to Create Human Banner and Urge Global Action

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BELEM, Brazil, Indigenous people from across Latin America today led over 1000 participants of World Social Forum to form a human banner, using their bodies to draw attention to the increasingly precarious situation of the Amazon rainforest. Indigenous leaders, environmentalists and activists joined forces to spell out the message "SALVE AMAZONIA" (“Save the Amazon” in Portuguese) around the massive silhouette of an indigenous warrior taking aim with his bow and arrow.