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Activists Drop Banner on Grain Exchange Skyway to Call out Cargill

Release Date: 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Contacts: Margaret Swink, 415.720.0080
               Ashley Schaeffer, 707 391 8208 (on the ground in MN)

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General Mills Moves Away From Rainforest Destruction

Release Date: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – America’s favorite food company, General Mills (GIS), is taking a crucial step to protect rainforests today, with the release of a new palm oil policy that limits the company’s exposure to an increasingly controversial commodity. The company’s new policy, along with previous actions to move away from problematic suppliers like Sinar Mas Group, puts them in the front of efforts by the U.S. food sector to address deforestation resulting from palm oil.

Protesters tell Canadian Consulate: "Stop poisoning us with toxic tar sands oil"

Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CHICAGO- Concerned with what has been an incessant string of oil spills and leaks, and with the health of the drinking water supply for millions of people on the Great Lakes at risk, activists of Rainforest Action Network Chicago (RAN-C) rallied in front of the Canadian Consulate in Chicago with a strong message:  Stop poisoning us with toxic tar sands oil!
 

Activists Stage Creative Demonstration at EPA Headquarters: Call for Agency to Veto Controversial Spruce Mine Permit

Release Date: 
Monday, September 13, 2010

CONTACTS:
Amanda Starbuck, 415 203 9952
Nell Greenberg, 510-847-9777

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Twins vs Rangers Takes A Sudden Swing At Saving Rainforests

Release Date: 
Sunday, September 5, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – As the Twins pulled into the eighth inning of their closing home game against the Texas Rangers, the crowd was treated to a few unscheduled advertisements. Instead of Cargill’s usual announcements promoting hot dogs, a large banner, hung by activists from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), was unfurled from behind home plate, making Cargill’s usual advertisement change to read “Cargill Destroys Rainforests.” Fans started chattering in the stands as the banner was held until stadium officials asked activists to take it down. No one was arrested.

SF Activists Mark Katrina Anniversary with Big Oil protest

After playing dead on top of oil-black plastic sheets outside a Chevron office, protesters marched through downtown San Francisco on Monday to denounce “oil addiction” on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as the U.S. Gulf Coast recovers from its more recent disaster.

Reuters
Monday, August 30, 2010

Banks Make a Shift Toward Greener Lending

Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative.

New York Times
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New RAN Executive Director Seeks to Pry Polluters Away From Washington

"I see myself as deepening the work that RAN is already doing well — and really making the link between forests and climate."
—Rebecca Tarbotton

With a childhood spent hiking the wilderness of British Columbia, Rebecca Tarbotton, 37, caught the eco-activism bug early in life.

Though she spent nearly a decade community organizing in far-off India, Tarbotton always felt a "deep desire" to ensure that forests in her native Canada were "maintained in a healthy way," she says.

Now she has a shot.

Solve Climate
Friday, August 27, 2010

Green group slams Cargill over SMART palm oil

Environmentalists on Friday criticized a decision by agribusiness giant Cargill Inc to continue buying palm oil from Indonesian firm PT Smart Tbk after SMART received a mixed score in a green audit.

Greenpeace has alleged in its reports that SMART -- which is controlled by Indonesia's Widjaja family, owners of the Sinar Mas conglomerate -- cleared forests in Kalimantan without completing the proper paperwork and destroyed carbon-rich peatlands.

Reuters
Friday, August 27, 2010

Banks Toughen Lending Rules to Coal, PNC & UBS Still Bucking the Trend

“We’re the greenest bank in the business,” claims Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PNC bank (PNC:US) on its web site. “We’re a company committed to lighting the path to a greener way of doing business and a greener way of life.”

Solve Climate
Friday, August 27, 2010