A day for giving thanks followed by two days of commercialized holiday madness has passed. Together, let’s reject the corporatized holiday season and help us build the movement of generosity!
Here at RAN, we work hard day in and day out to fight climate change and protect rainforests and those that depend on them by challenging corporate power.
We hope you will join us this holiday season, and consider making a gift to Rainforest Action Network and support our work to ensure people and planet are placed over corporate profit.
This #GivingTuesday, December 2nd, we want to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. We want to let as many people know that we need everyone’s support in fighting climate change and protecting the rainforests and all those who depend on them.
We want to shine a light on how consumerism, especially during the holiday season, is greatly contributing to the challenges our planet is facing. Whether it’s purchasing a holiday sweater that has contributed to rainforest destruction through rayon and other synthetic fabrics, or purchasing gifts that end up in landfills, we need to stop buying more stuff and start building awareness to create a more sustainable and just world.
So we’re calling on you, our network, to join us and get involved! Will you be our #GivingTuesday social media ambassador?
Donations are essential to continuing our critical work of protecting the world's remaining rainforests and changing the course of climate change by taking bold and immediate action. So, we need the full commitment of people like you to take social media by storm!
We’re asking you to tweet and post on Facebook about your true spirit of the holidays. Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Give2RAN including why you support RAN’s work.
Below are some tools you can use to help us spread the word and grow the movement of generosity this #GivingTuesday!
That is what this post is all about. Simply: Thank You.
After seven long years of campaigning against Cargill -- the biggest privately held corporation in the US – we have seen a groundbreaking commitment from them along with a seismic shift in the palm oil sector to protect disappearing rainforests and to keep massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere.
To mark this victory, our staff has compiled this photographic timeline of this wide-ranging campaign to keep Conflict Palm Oil out of our food and to protect our forests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them.
Of course, this fight is by no means over. But as the executive director of Rainforest Action Network, I want you to know that your support on this issue is directly responsible for this progress. Your support – from your emails, your signatures, your phone calls, your social media action and your donations to your presence at RAN nonviolent direct actions such as occupying Cargill headquarters, marching in the streets, and creating massive public demonstrations to bring the message directly to Cargill – has made this possible.
And as we enter into this season of gratitude and giving, everyone here at RAN would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you for your support.
So, again: Thank You.
See a Photo Timeline of the Cargill Campaign.
Rainforest Action Network.
"Greenpeace, WWF, the Forest People’s Programme and Rainforest Action Network laud commitments by some companies to protect forest areas classified as ‘High Carbon Stock’, but say challenges still remain."
Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel.
Forests aren’t fuel. But biomass companies are cutting down whole trees to burn in European power plants. This scourge is huge, and it’s growing. From Louisiana to Virginia, there are 20 wood pellet facilities up and running, and 33 more being proposed.1 Wood pellet exports from the U.S. doubled last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013 -- and they’ve been projected to nearly double again by next year, to 5.7 million tons in 2015. 99% of U.S. exports came from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and 98% went to Europe.2
This is all a terrible unintended consequence of a well-intentioned policy. A few years ago, European policymakers mandated that 20% of power come from renewable sources, and set up significant subsidies to help countries meet that target. The problem is, under this policy, wood counts as a renewable fuel source. The result? Insatiable European demand for wood pellets, and widespread destruction of Southern U.S. forests.
In fact, a recent study by the U.K. Department for Energy and Climate Change confirmed what a number of studies have shown: that burning whole trees for fuel is worse for the climate than burning coal.3 The Southern forests that are suffering from E.U. policy have more diverse tree species than anywhere in North America, and the world’s most biodiverse freshwater ecosystem. And, like forests everywhere, they serve as invaluable protection for drinking water for local communities.
Bad for the climate, bad for biodiversity, bad for communities: it’s past time to address this growing crisis. So today, as the wood products industry meets in Chesapeake, Virginia, the Dogwood Alliance and its allies across the country are holding a National Day of Action to pressure European policymakers to stop incentivizing burning forests for fuel.
1. “Forests for Fuel”, Dogwood Alliance
2. “The Truth About the Biomass Industry: How Wood Pellet Exports Pollute Our Climate and Damage Our Forests”, Natural Resources Defense Council
3. “New Study Confirms That Some Biomass is Dirtier Than Coal”, Natural Resources Defense Council
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At this Change the Course Climate Visioning Session, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.
Meeting location may change but will be held somewhere in Corvallis.
2945 NW Circle Blvd
Corvallis, OR 97330
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