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Girl Scouts Activists, Rainforest Action Network and Union of Concerned Scientists Respond to Palm Oil Cookie Announcement by Girl Scouts USA

Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Contact:
Laurel Sutherlin 415.246.0161 laurel@ran.org

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. 

Rebecca Tarbotton on Pressuring and Inspiring the Opposition (Podcast)

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.

Treehugger
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Canadian actresses arrested as pipeline protests continue in D.C.

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.

Montreal Gazette
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

President Obama’s smog policy gamble holds uncertain political payoff

The surprise White House decision Friday to shelve tougher smog regulations may not allow President Obama to breathe easier politically.

The Hill
Saturday, September 3, 2011

1,700-mile Canada-U.S. pipeline plan clears key hurdle

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.

CNN
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cargill tied to violence in Sumatra?

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.

United Press International
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Inside the minds of corporate pranksters

Will the real Chevron please stand up?

When Chevron Corp. rolled out its multimillion-dollar "green" advertising campaign to address negative images of itself last fall, the oil giant hit on a fresh, self-effacing theme: "We Agree."

The Sacramento Bee
Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cargill Sets Sustainable Goals for Palm Oil, But Are They Too Little, Too Late?

Agribusiness giant Cargill has announced plans to offer only sustainably-certified palm oil by 2015 for certain countries, including the U.S., and by 2020 worldwide. On the surface, that sounds like a positive step forward, but on closer look, it seems like just another empty PR move.

Treehugger
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cargill Supplier Linked to Violence and Home Demolition in Indonesia

Release Date: 
Monday, August 29, 2011

 

CONTACT:

Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 laurel@ran.org

Rivani Noor, +62 816 320 5344 rivani@cappa.or.id

Nation's Largest Environmental Organizations Stand Together To Oppose Oil Pipeline

Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Washington, DC -- The heads of the nation’s largest environmental organizations—often at odds on the best strategy for combating climate change—released a letter today calling on President Obama to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would span from the tar sands of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. (1)