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Keystone XL: Where Things Stand

It's been one month since the climate movement won a significant delay on the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, the oil industry and their political and media backers have gotten increasingly desperate:

  • Oil companies tried to ram a vote on Keystone through the U.S. Senate. Last week, that effort collapsed in disarray and finger-pointing among the fossil fuel industry's biggest political boosters.
  • TransCanada, the Canadian company behind Keystone, even resorted to threats to sue the U.S. government under NAFTA. Early this month, they were forced to disavow that outrageous tactic.
  • Pro-Keystone commentators are truly grasping at straws, including claiming that President Obama is delaying a decision to pave the way for a government takeover of the energy sector,1 and arguing that it's the poor, under-resourced oil industry—and not the environmental movement—that’s the real underdog in the fight over the pipeline.2

These bottom-of-the-barrel tactics signal that fossil fuel corporations will do anything to avoid facing up to the view that one prominent analyst voiced this month: "We have been of the opinion for nearly a year now that Keystone XL is dead."3Another Father Against Keystone XLThis delay means another year that tar sands oil stays in the ground, instead of flowing through the pipeline. This delay is another nail in the coffin of this disastrous project. And you—the incredible grassroots tide of resolve and determination—are the ones who made this happen.

Keystone would have been just another routine dirty energy infrastructure project if not for public pressure—like the unprecedented 2.5 million public comments submitted into the approvals process. People all along the pipeline route, from Alberta to the Gulf Coast—especially Indigenous communities and farming communities—mobilized against the project.

Another key factor has been the threat of massive civil disobedience if President Obama approves the pipeline—one veteran environmental campaigner called it the "sharpest arrow in the quiver" of the Keystone opposition movement. Almost 100,000 people signed Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, committing to take direct action if the administration lights the fuse of the continent’s biggest carbon bomb.

So while we're proud that the movement won a major delay, the struggle is far from over. Here at Rainforest Action Network, we're staying vigilant on Keystone. We're continuing to hone the cutting edge of the climate movement by training committed activists. And we're taking fast, strategic action to block dirty energy deals.

Thank you for all you've done.

Sources:

1. “Obama Blocks Keystone To Start Energy Takeover,” Investor’s Business Daily, May 13, 2014 (http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/051314-700702-obama-wants-energy-markets-fossil-fuels-under-government-heel.htm)
2. “Mainstream media don't know Big Green has deeper pockets than Big Oil,” Washington Examiner, May 13, 2014 (http://washingtonexaminer.com/mainstream-media-dont-know-big-green-has-deeper-pockets-than-big-oil/article/2548405)
3. “The Keystone Pipeline is Quickly Becoming Obsolete,” Business Insider, May 7, 2014 (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-keystone-pipeline-is-quickly-becoming-obsolete-2014-5)


Why We're Sitting in at WashU (And We're Not Leaving)

By Caroline Burney, Senior at Washington University. Crossposted from We Are Powershift. I’ve learned many things in my four years at Washington University in St. Louis--not all of them in the classroom. For example, before I became a student at Wash U, I had never heard of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal corporation. In St. Louis, Peabody ingratiates itself to the local community by posing as a benefactor of the arts, charitable corporate ‘citizen,’ and hero tackling “energy poverty.” It all sounds pretty good until you realize that Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private sector coal corporation whose business model propagates climate change and destroys communities. Peabody’s list of crimes is a veritable laundry list of social and environmental injustices: the destruction of mountains in West Virginia, the forced relocation of Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes in Black Mesa, Arizona, being a major supporter of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which have been strong advocates of controversial legislation like “Stand Your Ground” laws, the destruction of Rocky Branch, Illinois through aggressive mining and logging, and the distortion of democracy here in St. Louis by striking down a city-wide ballot initiative. [caption id="attachment_23613" align="alignnone" width="500"]First night of sit-in demanding Washington University cut ties with Peabody Energy First night of sit-in demanding Washington University cut ties with Peabody Energy.[/caption] Peabody CEO Greg Boyce also holds one more distinction: member of the Washington University Board of Trustees. Since Boyce was placed on the board in 2009, students have been actively organizing against Peabody Energy’s presence on campus. We have demanded that Boyce be removed from the Board of Trustees and that the University change the name of the “Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization,” a research entity to which Peabody and Arch Coal donated $5,000,000. We have met with the Chancellor -- multiple times. We have dropped banners at coal events, peacefully disrupted speeches by Greg Boyce on campus, marched through campus and taken our demands to Peabody’s headquarters. We have protested with residents from Black Mesa, collected signatures for the Take Back St. Louis ballot initiative and rallied with the United Mine Workers in their fight against Peabody. But, five years later, Boyce is still on the board, the name of the Clean Coal Consortium remains unchanged, and Chancellor Wrighton continues to stand behind Peabody Energy. Indeed, just this week he emailed us saying, “your opinion that peabody energy behaves in an ‘irresponsible and unjust manner’ is not one that I share.” The Administration has successfully used a “deny by delay” process by holding town hall meetings and developing task forces around renewable energy and energy efficiency while ignoring the role that coal plays on the campus. Thus, like many campus divestment campaigns across the country, we are at a crossroads. We’ve decided that it’s time to escalate to let Chancellor Wrighton and Greg Boyce know that we’re running out of time and we’re not going to back down. We are engaging in a sit-in of our admissions office to tell Chancellor Wrighton that our university can no longer legitimize destructive fossil fuel corporations. By having Greg Boyce on the Board of Trustees and hosting the “Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization,” the University is propagating the lie that coal is clean. But people who live in the communities where Peabody mines, including Black Mesa and Rocky Branch, know that coal is never clean. Escalating on campus is scary. We know it is going to be divisive. We know our Chancellor fundamentally disagrees with us. But not escalating is even scarier. Not escalating means Peabody continues to destroy communities and our climate. And that’s a risk we cannot take. Let Wash U know that you stand with us by signing our petition here.

For My Grandchildren

nokxl-houston-action_550pxThis post is by Greg Sutherland, a Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance Volunteer. When the march began, I was nervous. I had never done anything like this before, but by the time we reached the Houston office of TransCanada, the company trying to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, my nervousness had washed away. I was resolved and ready to be arrested for blocking the entrance to TransCanada’s office. When the police came for me, my voice was hoarse from chanting for President Obama to stop the pipeline. I decided to risk arrest because I don’t want to leave my four grandchildren with a hellish world of climate disasters and resource wars. I hate that they might have to live in a much more dangerous, polluted and inhospitable world when they are my age. To protect the climate and usher in the future they deserve, we must collectively take on hundreds of tasks to transition to a clean energy economy in next five years. And stopping Keystone XL is one very concrete thing that we can do to protect the climate RIGHT NOW. Will you help me stop the pipeline by joining the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance? The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is a project bringing together tens of thousands of people to risk arrest in peaceful civil disobedience, if necessary, to make it politically unfeasible for President Obama to approve the pipeline. As for myself, I am organizing a Pledge of Resistance action in Atlanta because I want to demonstrate to the President that people all across the country are commited to fighting climate change, even in conservative Georgia, where I live. Hundreds of other volunteers are organizing actions in every part of the country. We need your help to make the actions as big as possible. If we do that, we can demand the President represent the people and not the corporations and reject Keystone XL. Please join me in the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance and commit to participating in a peaceful civil disobedience action to call on the President to reject Keystone XL. The bonds I formed with the twelve others arrested in Houston are some of the most powerful I’ve ever made in such a short time. Those bonds, along with the tens of thousands coming together in the Pledge of Resistance, have made clear to me that we are finally ready to take the urgent stand necessary to protect the climate. If we take that stand, President Obama will not be able to ignore us. Join the Pledge of Resistance to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

XL Dissent: Where Do We Go From Here? Announcing the Pledge of Resistance Spring Training Tour

The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is coming to campuses to train students for civil disobedience to stop the pipeline. Click here to join the 86,000 people who have already pledged to risk arrest to stop Keystone XL, and read on for training dates and locations—and to learn more about the movement to resist the pipeline. “We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the tension that is already alive.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [caption id="attachment_23262" align="aligncenter" width="480"]XL Dissent, February 28th XL Dissent, February 28th[/caption] Last Sunday, the world got a sense of the pressure that has been building just beneath the surface of our society when over 1,000 youth massed outside the White House and demanded the rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Nearly 400 were arrested at XL Dissent, which will be remembered as a significant early skirmish in the battle for a post-carbon future. If this sounds like a grandiose claim to you, read on—the bold action of the XL Dissenters is just a glimpse of the resistance to Keystone XL that is building across the country. [caption id="attachment_23263" align="alignright" width="162"]Tar Sands Blockade, September 2012 Tar Sands Blockade, September 2012[/caption] To the casual observer, resistance to Keystone XL might look like a series of high-profile acts of civil resistance, of which XL Dissent is the latest example. While these flashpoints have been characterized by a particular intensity (1,252 were arrested at Tar Sands Action over 15 days; Tar Sands Blockade continues a sustained direct action campaign), the punctuated rhythm of these events belies the dramatic growth of opposition to Keystone XL. Rather than functioning as a pressure relief valve, these actions have supercharged resistance to Keystone XL, and XL Dissent tapped into that reservoir. How deep does this well of resistance go? We’re starting to find out. Last Spring, Rainforest Action Network joined with CREDO Action and The Other 98% to launched the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance, a national pledge to resist the pipeline through massive waves of coordinated civil disobedience. As of today, 86,503 people have pledged to risk arrest to stop Keystone XL. If the State Department finds that the pipeline passes the climate test and is in the U.S.’s national interest, Obama will find himself the target of the largest wave of coordinated resistance in recent memory. Tens of thousands will be arrested all over the country at over one hundred actions, each one planned and coordinated by local action teams. You can check out the hundred actions that are already planned here. [caption id="attachment_23267" align="alignleft" width="307"]Boston Pledge of Resistance action, October, 2013 Boston Pledge of Resistance action, October, 2013[/caption] By this summer, the Obama administration will likely have made a decision on Keystone XL, a decision young people will live with for the rest of their lives. The stakes are enormous, but so is the movement to resist Keystone XL. Now, on the heels of XL Dissent, the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is launching a training tour to prepare hundreds of students and community members to coordinate, plan, and launch civil disobedience actions. Check out the below events to see if we’re training near you, and RSVP to attend. Click here to sign the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance and to stand in solidarity with the thousands who are standing strong against the pipeline.

Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance – Spring Training Tour 2014

April 5-6

POR2Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Chicago, IL Austin, TX  

April 12-13

Los Angeles, CA New York, NY Ann Arbor, MI Washington, D.C.    

Solar Power Had A Huge Year In 2013

800px-Solar_Plant_klThis post originally appeared on DeSmogBlog. A new report out from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) shows that solar power came an incredibly long way toward asserting itself as a key part of the U.S. energy mix last year. The U.S. now has a total of 12.1 gigawatts of photovoltaic (PV) installations and 918 megawatts of concentrating solar power (CSP), enough to power 2.2 million homes. Here are some of the other highlights from the Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013 report: • PV installations increased 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 MW; these new installations have a $13.7 billion market value. • 410 MW of CSP came online in 2013, increasing total capacity in the U.S. more than 80%. • Solar accounted for 29% of all new electricity generating capacity, making it the second-largest source, exceeded only by natural gas. • The cost to install solar fell throughout the year, reaching a new low of $2.59/W in the fourth quarter and ending 15 percent below the mark set at the end of 2012. But these statistics don't tell the whole story. “Perhaps more important than the numbers,” says Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President at GTM Research, “2013 offered the U.S. solar market the first real glimpse of its path toward mainstream status. The combination of rapid customer adoption, grassroots support for solar, improved financing terms, and public market successes displayed clear gains for solar in the eyes of both the general population and the investment community.” There's certainly something to Kann's claim that solar is on track to become mainstream, and some facts in the report bear this assertion out. While California continues to lead the way, installing more than half of new solar energy generating capacity in 2013 (some 2,261 MW), red states Arizona and North Carolina were the second and third top states (421 MW and 335 MW, respectively). Given that political polarization and obstructionism have stalled progress on a number of important issues in recent American history, the fact that solar is appealing to folks on all ends of the political spectrum may speak more to solar's bright future than anything else.

New Keystone XL Review Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

tarsands Today we moved a step closer to discovering what President Obama’s true climate legacy will be, when the State Department released the final, supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. You can read the full report here. While the assessment covers a range of concerning issues: including impacts on water pollution, endangered species, all eyes were glued to the sections concerning climate pollution. This is because President Obama committed, last June, to reject the pipeline if it would "significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." And the verdict in today’s SEIS is clear: Keystone XL fails President Obama's climate test. The SEIS acknowledges that the pipeline could have ‘a substantial impact on oil sands production levels.’ In other words, building the Keystone XL pipeline could help spur increased tar sands production and the carbon pollution that goes with it. In fact, the report concludes that Keystone XL will emit upwards of 27.4 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, creating the equivalent climate pollution of the exhaust of nearly 6 million cars each year. stopIf you factor the lifespan of the pipeline, likely several decades, the President is being asked to consider locking-in roughly a billion tons of extra emissions at a time when nations are trying urgently to reduce emissions to keep within safe climate limits. The SEIS report also establishes that tar sands crude is more toxic, more corrosive, more difficult to clean up, and more carbon intensive than conventional oil – and acknowledges that between 2002 and 2012 there were more than 1700 pipeline spills. Since the initial EIS was made public, more than 2 million people submitted public comments to the State Department, the overwhelming majority calling for an accurate consideration of the pipeline’s climate impacts. vestAdditionally,more than 76,000 people have pledged to participate in peaceful acts of civil disobedience, should the President signal intent to approve the pipeline. Are you ready to join them? Take the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance.

Walmart: King of Greenwash

walmart_greenwash_frntThis week I have watched in horror as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded slammed into the Philippines. Fueled by a warming ocean, Typhoon Haiyan has killed an estimated 10,000 people, while hundreds of thousands have been displaced. It’s a stark reminder that climate change is happening now, that we need to act urgently to stem the extreme impacts of global warming. We need leadership from our politicians and a dramatic change in behavior from our biggest polluters. So when companies like Walmart talk about their responsibility to act to address climate change, I absolutely agree. The stakes are already too high. Walmart calls itself a leader in global environmental responsibility, but when you take a look at the real picture the halo quickly fades, as a new report out today from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance reveals. Since 2005 the company has invested millions to promote itself as an environmental champion. Perhaps you have seen their ads with wind turbines and sunshines, designed to illustrate a ‘green’ Walmart? [youtube Iwvy8I_uukw 550] The harsh reality is that, far from reducing its global climate impact, Walmart’s pollution is on the rise. And dramatically so. Walmart’s own reported climate emissions have grown 14% since the company launched its sustainability campaign in 2005. That step backwards is even after some selective reporting. Walmart chooses to ignore its biggest impacts, including the emissions in its supply chain and in its big-box retail store expansion. In fact, if Walmart were included in the Greenhouse 100 Polluters Index, a list that is limited to heavy industry firms such as oil companies and power plants, Walmart would rank at #33, alongside Chevron. But what about those wind turbines and sunshine-powered solar panels? In 2005, Walmart announced an aspirational goal to use 100% renewable energy. Back then this sounded ambitious. But fast forward to 2013 and there are competitor companies, like Whole Foods, Staples and Kohl’s, that are hitting this target and sourcing all of their electricity from renewable sources. Meanwhile, Walmart? Seriously lagging the leaders at a miserly 4%, which is even less than Best Buy. In fact, Walmart’s use of renewable energy overall declined in 2012. [youtube qnkGF5Xx3uw 550] Behind all of Walmart’s slick greenwashing is a business model that is fundamentally unsustainable. And that is why Rainforest Action Network supports Walmart workers’ efforts to reform this company and force it to start putting people ahead of its bottom line. From worker safety to global environmental responsibility, this company has a long way to go. If you want to learn more, read this open letter from leading environmentalists calling for change at Walmart.

Culture Beyond Oil: Artists Bring BP Trial to London's Tate Art Museum

Tate300x300A Guest blog-post by Glen Tarman, a founding member of the art collective, Libertate Tate Every day this week in marking the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the art collective Liberate Tate is giving a performance dramatizing the trial of BP. It's entitled 'All Rise' and is all taking place at the Tate Modern in London. It's not unusual for artists and cultural events to reference contemporary news or disasters. The difference here is that this is a guerrilla performance, completely unsanctioned by Tate or by one of its sponsors: BP. Each day this week at 3pm UK time (GMT+1), performers using specially constructed cameras will film themselves wandering Tate Modern whilst whispering selected transcripts of the proceedings from the New Orleans courtroom. The live-streams of the different performers are available to watch online from around the world on the dedicated website  (where an archive allows future viewing). The BP trial, which started this February, accuses the massive corporation of gross negligence by plaintiffs who did not take part in a separate settlement made by the oil giant last year. At the trial’s opening, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Underhill said: “Not only was it within BP's power to prevent the tragedy, it was its responsibility.” As Paul Brady, one of the performers on Monday April 22, underlined: “It’s not only BP that’s on trial for the devastation it has caused to Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems, it’s also Tate and other cultural institutions that provide BP with the social legitimacy to continue operating with such destructive consequences." 'All Rise' is a performance that brings the BP trial into Tate Modern because BP’s arts sponsorship cannot be separated from the irrevocable damage it does to communities, the environment, and the climate. For example, BP’s first advertising campaign after the Gulf of Mexico disaster was in the summer of 2011 and used the corporation’s sponsorship of art in a multi-million dollar attempt to rehabilitate its brand. This was very deliberate. The value to BP of the arts establishment that supports the oil company by accepting its sponsorship money is clear: BP uses its involvement in arts and culture to project a “feel good” image of the company. In doing so, BP buys the leverage it needs to gain acceptance from elites and influential publics to carry on plundering the planet, to proliferate human rights abuses, and to interfere in what should be democratic political processes. What is so invidious is that public cultural institutions also fall into what BP has captured. This is why Liberate Tate has vowed, since its founding in January 2010, "to take creative disobedience against Tate until it drops its oil company funding." And to inspire others to join in doing so as well. 'All Rise' follows a performance by Liberate Tate last July when over 100 members of the art collective installed 'The Gift' -- a 16.5 metre wind turbine blade -- in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern. On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2011, Liberate Tate poured oil over a naked man lying in the middle of Tate Britain in a work called 'Human Cost'. This week as we whisper extracts from the court transcripts -- damning reports, objections, evidence, accountability, and risk throughout the BP sponsored Tate gallery spaces -- we insistently ask: How much more environmental, societal, and climate damage does BP need to do for Tate to forego its sponsor? When will Tate put their sponsor on the stand? The good news is that the public call for Tate to stop its relationship with BP is growing. Thousands of Tate members and visitors have voiced their objection that through its support of sponsor BP, Tate is forcing environmentally and climate-conscious gallery goers into an uncomfortable position of complicity with the oil company, one of the most environment-destroying corporations on the planet. When our public cultural institutions have a formal relationship with corporations engaged in socially and ecologically destructive activities, exhibitions and galleries become part of the creation of climate chaos through the construction of a social licence to operate for oil companies. Our practice involves illuminating this process at the culture wellhead through interventions and artworks created in Tate galleries. We situate our interventions in the growing wave of desire for citizens to reclaim public space: a gallery should be a place to enjoy great art, not a site where an art museum associates visitors in the ecological destruction and criminal acts of its corporate partners. About the Author Glen Tarman is an artist, activist and advocacy director based in London. Glen is a founding member of the art collective Liberate Tate.  Liberate Tate explores the role of creative intervention in social change and aims to free art from the grips of the oil industry. For more information on Liberate Tate, see http://liberatetate.wordpress.com/. Liberate Tate can also be found on Twitter: @liberatetate

Selenium Trouble at Alpha Natural Resources: Estimating Risk to Investors from Mine Emissions

Alpha Natural Resources’s lawyers have had their hands full with environmental litigation lately, as we detail in a RAN Coal Risk Update released today. During 2012, environmental groups filed multiple lawsuits against Alpha over alleged water contamination from selenium at the company’s mountaintop removal mines.

The company’s 2011 sustainability report advertised that it had a “99.7% water quality compliance rate.” That sounds pretty good, but the Sierra Club and its allies are a savvy bunch of litigators who don’t usually pick fights with coal companies unless they intend to win. So should investors be concerned about potential selenium-related risks lurking in Alpha’s claimed 0.3% non-compliance rate? The Rainforest Action Network is not in the investment advisory business, but the recent experience of one of Alpha’s industry peers, Patriot Coal, might raise some eyebrows for investors. In 2007, Patriot’s annual report to investors didn’t include a single mention of selenium as a risk factor for investors. But then the lawsuits started: The Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and other environmental advocates sued the company over alleged selenium contamination at the company’s surface mines. Five years and multiple settlements later, the company conceded to investors that its estimated selenium cleanup costs had climbed to half a billion dollars and could even rise further. Selenium is a mineral found in rock and soil at several mountaintop removal mining sites in Appalachia. Although it is an essential micronutrient, it is toxic to humans and wildlife in large doses. And as Patriot Coal learned the hard way, it can be extraordinarily expensive to clean up at mine sites. Patriot’s selenium story ended quite badly for its shareholders, who were wiped out when the company filed for bankruptcy in 2012 due to a combination of pension liabilities, declining demand for coal, and environmental compliance costs. Of course, Alpha’s courtroom battle over selenium may or may not end like Patriot’s. So to estimate the risks investors face from Alpha’s selenium litigation, we turned to the numbers from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). Mining companies are required to test water at mine outfalls for contaminants such as selenium and report this data to the WVDEP. When these readings exceed permitted limits, the WVDEP can issue violations, and third parties can also sue to force companies to comply. Using WVDEP data obtained by our allies through Freedom of Information Act requests, we found that between 2005 and 2010, Alpha’s surface mines in West Virginia received penalties about a quarter as frequently as Patriot’s and had selenium readings that exceeded federal guidelines about half as frequently. Although Alpha’s state-wide selenium compliance record is not as bad as Patriot’s, the data suggests that selenium non-compliance at several Alpha surface mines exposes investors to significant risks from lawsuits such as the ones the company currently faces. As the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal illustrates, managing selenium compliance in the courtroom rather than in the boardroom can expose investors to significant risks. Alpha could reassure investors by, for example, reporting its selenium monitoring data or disclosing the details of its strategy for managing selenium compliance at its mountaintop removal mines. This information would help investors better understand whether the company is wise to roll the dice in the courtroom against plaintiffs who have already won major legal victories against one of its industry peers.

Top 5 Reasons to Donate to Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network works all year educating, organizing and mobilizing people to address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day—the effect of deforestation and dirty energy on human rights, ecosystems and the climate. From CSR to CEOs, RAN is known as a force to be reckoned with in scores of Fortune 500 companies. Wall Street Journal calls us "some of the savviest environmental agitators in the business." We call ourselves committed. It's that time of year when we all think about what organizations, campaigns and movements have inspired us over the last twelve months, and which ones we're willing to financially support for the next twelve. With a very tight budget and much to tackle in 2012, I say to you, please consider supporting Rainforest Action Network. Here's a few good reasons why you might think we're worth it:

5 You believe dismantling corporate power has become an absolute imperative.

Rainforest Action Network has been challenging corporate power since our founding in 1986. We are in a moment, thanks to the emergence of the Occupy Movement, where critiques of our corporate-ruled economic system have gone from the fringe to the forefront of society. If you're ready to tame runaway corporate rule, RAN is the right organization to get behind.

4 You understand a healthy global climate requires healthy local forests and renewable energy sources.

Deforestation and the burning of dirty fossil fuels are two of the biggest drivers of global climate change. You get a lot of bang for your buck by giving to RAN, as giving to this organization means supporting our work to save rainforests, to stop reckless oil and coal companies in their tracks, and to push Big Banks to finance our renewable energy future.

3 You feel all species have the right to habitat and harmony.

We are currently facing one of the most destructive extinction events in Earth's history— known as the Sixth Mass Extinction—with an estimated loss of 30,000 species per year. This sort of reality check can either leave you incredibly depressed and paralyzed or completely resolved to do something about it.

2 You see that Indigenous communities are the best stewards of the forest.

History shows that in tropical regions where ownership and management of forests lies with Indigenous and local communities, both forests and local water supplies are sustained. Not only that, but more carbon dioxide is sequestered per acre, the effect of which reverberates well beyond the rainforest to our global climate. Rainforest Action Network stands for the rights of Indigenous and rural allies in rainforests around the world. Join us.

1 You know that thriving intact biodiverse forests are priceless.

Our long term survival, and the survival of so many species, depends on the Earth's forests remaining intact. It's that simple. And though the nefarious causes of deforestation may seem impossible to face, RAN is determined to fight them head on— with you by our side. Over the last year, the entire world has woken up from a slumber that allowed corporations in collusion with corrupt governments to make the crucial decisions on human rights and our natural resources. Those days are over. You know it, you can feel it. So can all of us on staff at Rainforest Action Network. Let's fight hard together in 2012 for the just and thriving world we've all been dreaming about. We need you. You need us. Let's do this thing. Rainforest : Photo by Leonard Freitas

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