"When our teacher told us rainforests are being destroyed, we thought we should help save them," said Seanna. "We decided to hold a Rainforest Read-a-thon where our parents, friends and family would sponsor us."
"PALM OIL is one of the largest causes of rainforest destruction," says Laurel Sutherlin, a Rainforest Action Network spokesperson. According to RAN, U.S. palm oil use has ballooned by 500 percent over the past 10 years—it's now in about half of all packaged foods.
Students all over the nation have been exercising their right to free speech in a coordinated effort to stop actions which damage the climate. Organized by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), a campaign against Bank of America and Citibank has engaged college students to stage protests when these bank recruiters visit their campuses.
Bill Barclay, Research and Policy Director with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), agreed that Wilmar's policy is only the beginning of the transformation of the palm oil sector from a major driver of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and social conflict toward something greener.
Palm oil. It’s the ubiquitous additive in everything from soaps and lotions to cookies and diet foods. It’s found in junk food like Cheez-Its, Tootsie Rolls, and M&Ms, but it’s also found in the products of more ecologically conscious companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Nature’s Way, and Toms of Maine. According to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), palm oil can be found in almost half of the products found in grocery stores.
Expansion of palm oil onto peatlands was relatively smaller, the papers showed, but as peatlands store large amounts of carbon this was still a big part of palm oil’s carbon footprint. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of 88 million tons of carbon dioxide per year was released due to conversion of peatlands for plantations.
A new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network reveals that the production of an ingredient in Halloween candy, palm oil, destroys rainforests, endangers threatened species, contributes to climate change, and hides a host of human rights violations.