CHICAGO—Today, dozens of environmental and economic justice activists with Rainforest Action Network and Stand Up! Chicago joined the Chicago marathon to call attention to the marathon’s main sponsor, Bank of America’s, reckless economic and environmental practices. In particular, the bank’s role as a leading financier of the city’s two controversial coal plants, Fisk and Crawford. The route for today’s marathon takes this year’s 45,000 runners directly past the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen.
SAN FRANCISCO— Bank customers around the country have an opportunity to show their discontent with the big banks by pledging to close their Bank of America accounts as part of a new effort launched today from Rainforest Action Network. The ‘not one more dollar’ pledges will be bundled—much like the big banks packaged mortgages for sale—and presented to Bank of America executives in protest of the bank’s funding of coal, the country’s number one contributor to climate change. (1)
Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch Statement
NEW YORK—Yesterday, a US court dealt Chevron a severe blow after lifting a ban on an $18bn judgment against the oil giant for contaminating the Amazon. A New York appeals court vacated a lower court's order that had blocked Ecuadorean plaintiffs from collecting money in a long-running lawsuit over pollution in their Amazon rainforest home.
In February, a judge in Ecuador ruled that Chevron should pay to clean up contamination in the oil fields where Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, once worked.
Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, the two Girl Scouts that have been leading the effort to make Girl Scout cookies deforestation free, issued the following statement in reaction to Girl Scouts USA announcement that it will purchase Green Palm certificates and work towards the use of RSPO-certified palm oil by 2015, as well as work to reduce the amount of palm oil used in its cookies. They are available for interviews.
The Rainforest Action Network tackles a whole lot more than rainforests, and Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton is leading her organization to the front in a slew of fights. Her preferred tactic: "equal parts pressure and inspiration." To sway the banking industry away from mountaintop removal she arranged a campaign that telephoned every employee of JPMorgan Chase. To sway Disney, living effigies of Mickey and Minnie locked themselves to the company gates.
Canadian actresses Margot Kidder and Tantoo Cardinal were among dozens of environmental activists arrested Tuesday during a sit-in at the White House to protest plans for the 2,700-kilometre Keystone XL pipeline.
Kidder and Cardinal joined about 60 people who were detained after violating a protest permit by stopping and sitting on the sidewalk in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, then ignoring police orders to leave.
A controversial proposal to build a giant oil pipeline between Alberta, Canada, and Texas cleared a key hurdle Friday as the State Department said the project could be built without significant damage to the environment.
Known as Keystone XL, the 1,700-mile pipeline has drawn fierce criticism from environmentalists, who are staging a two-week demonstration at the White House. So far, some 370 people have been arrested for protesting the project.
Security forces used by a palm oil supplier to Cargill are using violence and intimidation against villagers in Indonesia, the Rainforest Action Network claims.
The Rainforest Action Network accused palm oil supplier Wilmar of using armed violence against villagers in Sumatra. Heavy machinery, the advocacy group adds, is used by Wilmar to destroy area homes as well.
Lindsey Allen, forest program director at the group, said agricultural trading giant Cargill needs to adopt "crucial" safeguards on its supply chains.