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Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

This report shows that while both companies have committed to protect rainforests from palm oil expansion, they have so far failed to implement a moratorium to stop bulldozers destroying rainforests in their palm oil supply sheds.

The report, via Greenomics Indonesia, can be found here. Using spatial monitoring and field observation, the report presents evidence that supplier – PT Aloer Timur (Mopoli Raya Group) – is clearing land in the Leuser Ecosystem as of April 30, 2015. The forests that have been destroyed were important High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests located in one of the most important areas of lowland rainforest left on the planet. These forests provided critical habitat for endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers and also played a crucial role in mitigating landslides and regulating water suppliers for local communities.

According to USGS landsat images, the company, PT Aloer Timur, now has the opportunity to protect roughly 2,000 hectares of important forests in its plantation concession area. This case presents a real test for Musim Mas and Wilmar and their ability to implement the commitments they have made. It remains to be seen whether or not they will break the link between the palm oil products they sell to companies, including the Snack Food 20, and rainforest destruction.

Musim Mas and Wilmar have joined other traders, including Cargill, Golden-Agri Resources,and Asian Agri  in the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP), which works with key decision makers to find solutions which would eliminate deforestation, the destruction of carbon rich peatlands and human and workers rights abuses from palm oil development.

This latest report shows that it is crucial that the members of the Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge work to immediately halt the destruction of rainforests and carbon rich peatlands in their global supply chains, deliver long term protection for the Leuser Ecosystem, and invest in a diverse agricultural sector and alternative economic opportunities for local communities.

These palm oil traders need to hear from activists around the world. Please take a moment to send an email directly to the companies by clicking here. Your message demanding an immediate moratorium in the Leuser Ecosystem is needed now.

 


Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the powerful Palm Oil Action Leaders Team and have committed to taking the skills that they gained at the summit back to their hometowns. They are taking matters into their own hands by organizing and educating their community members to pressure the snack food companies using Conflict Palm Oil.

The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a diverse crew of folks, unified by their passion for stopping the destruction caused by Conflict Palm Oil. Some are seasoned activists, and others first time organizers, they range in age from 70 to 12 years old, and are based all across the country, from Boston, to the Twin Cities, and LA.

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The coming together of these Leaders is the next step in a global movement of activists taking a stand against the forced labor, deforestation, climate pollution and endangerment of wildlife that are rife in the production of Conflict Palm Oil. In their first action as a team, the Palm Oil Action Leaders joined the Palm Oil Activists around the country who are currently “re-branding” Quaker display shelves at local grocery stores to demand that Quaker (and its parent company, PepsiCo) adopt a responsible palm oil policy and cut Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain.  

The actions and events that they planned were as diverse and interesting as the Leaders themselves:

In Chicago, Jessica and Jacob staged a guerilla theater performance in which “Larry” (yes, that’s the name of the smiley gentleman on the Quaker logo) was subject to a citizen's arrest for his role in driving deforestation and endangering Sumatran Tigers.

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Becky in Buena Park, CA got 44 high school students together to learn about the problems with Conflict Palm Oil production and to take action collectively by calling PepsiCo, writing letters and taking photo petitions to send to the company’s headquarters in New York.

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In Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Palm Oil Action Leaders Cailie and Sydney organized a student led workshop, educating and informing volunteers on the devastating impacts of Conflict Palm Oil. They followed the workshop with a "palm oil brigade" march to a local grocery store to inform consumers and re-brand Quaker product displays. 40 student activists attended.

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 In Los Angeles, Shannen and Danny collected and tweeted out photo petitions from LA locals (like Spiderman!) on Hollywood Boulevard in front of a PepsiCo billboard.

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Other Leaders in Minnesota, Michigan, Arcata and San Francisco, California, Boston, Washington and Arizona took their passion and creativity to the streets of their hometowns or college campuses to expose the use of Conflict Palm Oil in snack foods. The Leaders collected and produced some fantastic photo-petitions, profiling the risks of Quaker products containing Conflict Palm Oil. By tagging Quaker, PepsiCo, and using the hashtag #ChangeQuaker, when posting images on online these actions have got the attention of PepsiCo executives and sent a clear signal that thousands of people are demanding change.

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These actions are having an impact - and momentum is building. To get in on the action and pressure Quaker to cut Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain, sign up here for our simple Quaker display re-branding kit. We'll get it in the mail ASAP so that you can join the wave of actions sweeping across the country!


The Palm Oil Action Team is a growing movement of activists around the world who are successfully pressuring Snack Food 20 companies. Take your passion for this issue to the next level and join the Palm Oil Action Team now!


Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM

Ginger_AGM.pngFor the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been here, and in the two years that RAN has been campaigning on PepsiCo, I’ve delivered the same message. It’s a simple one: PepsiCo can and must do more to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from the products it sells.

PepsiCo is uniquely situated to have a global impact for the better. Using roughly 457,200 metric tons of palm oil a year, what PepsiCo does directly impacts the global trade in palm oil. A strong commitment to ending deforestation, protecting human rights, and eliminating social ills like land grabs and child and forced labor will fundamentally change the way palm oil is produced in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Latin America. A weak commitment riddled with loopholes means more of the same for the world’s forests and their inhabitants.

PepsiCo can either continue with business as usual approach or take bold action to drive changes urgently needed in the palm oil sector. PepsiCo has demonstrated that it is ready to make some changes, but we need to ensure that those changes go far enough to truly protect the climate, forests, and the people and animals who rely on them.

PepsiCo can and must be a leader, pushing its peers and the industry forward. It can and must trace its palm oil back to the plantations it was grown on, and it must implement third party verification so it can guarantee that its products are free of Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo’s current published palm oil commitment still has loopholes big enough to drive a bulldozer through - and right now, those bulldozers are laying waste to the world’s forests. I presented PepsiCo with the steps that must be taken for it to truly eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain - you can read them here. 

I’m proud of the work that every activist across the globe has done to demand change at PepsiCo, and I’m confident that we can convince PepsiCo to do better, to make meaningful changes that protect forests and peatlands and uphold the rights of communities and workers. We’ll continue to push until the world’s forests are truly protected, and you can help. Send PepsiCo an email now, telling it to make the right choice and to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil once and for all.


Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?
Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?
Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?

That’s not what Earth Day is about.
Earth Day was born out of action -- not slogans.

 

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Through the vision of anti-war and environmental activists, Earth Day sprang to life in 1970 across colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and countless communities across the country. On that day, more than 20 million people took action and took the streets to support the planet.

Earth Day is about saying enough is enough. We must take meaningful action now.
So today I’m asking you to join us in our most important actions to preserve our forests, protect our climate and defend the human rights of frontline communities.



Please Join Us and take action today.
Because from now on, Earth Day is Every Day.

 

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  For people and planet,
  Brad A Schenck - @BradASchenck
  Digital Engagement Director


Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Happy Anniversary!

Today marks two years since we launched our campaign on the Snack Food 20 and PepsiCo. Because of the unrelenting efforts of activists like you, we have reached a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players have announced groundbreaking, globally responsible palm oil commitments, and pledged to eliminate forest and peatland destruction, human rights abuses, forced and child labor and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains.

But more needs to be done to drive real change on the ground. Now, it’s time to #ChangeQuaker in grocery store aisles across America!

Starting today, you can join hundreds of activists across the country who are re-branding the shelves displaying Quaker Chewy Granola bars to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Can we count on you to amplify their actions?

Support the activists by sharing this message on Quaker’s Facebook page and on Twitter to show PepsiCo that activists all across the country are calling on the snack food giant to fix the gaps in its palm oil commitment and cut Conflict Palm Oil from our food.

Post to Quaker’s Facebook Page (include the link below in your post to share our video on Quaker's page):
Quaker, for two years families have been telling you that we don’t want to eat Conflict Palm Oil. Now is the time to spend a few extra pennies on every package to cut Conflict Palm Oil, save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions. https://www.facebook.com/rainforestactionnetwork/videos/vb.8002590959/10153248922700960/?type=2&theater

Tweet at Quaker:
Hey @Quaker, families don't want to eat Conflict Palm Oil! It's time to #ChangeQuaker and @PepsiCo https://youtu.be/1ahTyXt8M-s

Join us in celebrating this two year milestone. Let’s send PepsiCo a powerful message from across the globe and convince decision makers to strengthen their palm oil commitment and spend a few extra pennies to cut Conflict Palm Oil for good.

This Week of Action is critical because PepsiCo decision makers are deciding right now whether to actually address these problems in PepsiCo’s supply chain.

Join us in celebrating this two year milestone. Let’s send PepsiCo a powerful message from across the globe and convince decision makers to strengthen their palm oil commitment and spend a few extra pennies to cut Conflict Palm Oil for good.

Remember, YOU are the network in Rainforest Action Network.
We can’t do this without you.


Protecting the Last Place on Earth

At 6.5 million acres, the Leuser Ecosystem is a world unto itself—a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands located on the northern tip of Sumatra. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side.

The Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Palm oil plantations threaten its lowland rainforests and peatlands, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods.

A moratorium is urgently needed to halt the destruction of rainforests and peatlands for palm oil expansion in this global biodiversity hotspot.

The palm oil traders most at risk of trafficking Conflict Palm Oil sourced from the Leuser Ecosystem — Musim Mas Group, Wilmar International and Golden Agri-Resources — must break any ties to companies that continue to expand and destroy rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem.

Call on these three palm oil traders to enforce an immediate moratorium on the clearance of rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem today.

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Take Action: Demand Ralph Lauren Go Deforestation-Free

It’s time for Ralph Lauren to step up and eliminate forest destruction and human rights abuses from its supply chain. It’s critical that Ralph Lauren makes sure it is not sourcing fabrics from some of the worst forest destroyers in the world, and that it creates a policy that ensures that its fabric will always be free from controversy.

Ralph Lauren is a huge company with worldwide brand recognition. Now it’s time for Ralph Lauren to be a leader and make itself known for protecting forests and Indigenous rights.

Tell Ralph Lauren to clean up it’s act! Add your name to the right to send an email to the company demanding action for the forests. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as the campaign ramps up over the coming months.

http://www.123contactform.com/form-1386162/JC-Httpwwwranorgralphlauren


Forest-Friendly Alternative Fabrics

At RAN, it isn’t our place to tell you what fabrics to buy. Really. All fabrics have impacts, and we aren’t experts in every fabric out there. What we believe is that clothing companies should trace their supply chains, eliminate controversial fiber and suppliers, create policies to ensure they never purchase controversial fiber again, and -- ideally -- join us in the fight to make their industry more sustainable.

In the meantime, we encourage customers to buy used, to recycle and up-cycle, to host clothing swaps, and to do without when and where they can.

Join us in continuing to call on the Fashion 15 to adopt comprehensive policies to eliminate forest destruction and human rights abuses from their supply chains.

And if you still want some more specific advice… well, we have some thoughts:

While we were researching this campaign, we looked into a number of different fabrics, and we definitely found that there are also a few fabrics that are gentler on the earth. Here’s what we found:

Hemp

Hemp has a very low impact. It doesn’t require the use of any chemicals (pesticides or fertilizers) on their crops. It requires less water than organic cotton. Hemp is also much stronger than cotton, and creates a high quality material when recycled. Hemp can grow in a wide range of climates, making it widely available all over the world.

Ramie

Ramie, also known as grass linen, is a very fast-growing crop. It yields up to six harvests per year, giving it a reputation for sustainability. Growing, spinning and weaving are expensive and intricate processes. Due to the involved nature and higher cost of taking ramie from plant to garment, it has yet to become a popular fabric.

Jute

Jute also treads lightly on the earth. It requires low energy input, and actually acts as a small C02 sink. Farming uses no chemicals on these crops. Jute is also being used to make other pulp and paper products, not just clothing. Due to demand for these products, jute’s importance could increase over the coming years.

Linen

Linen has a very low impact and requires very little to grow. Farmers use little or no pesticides at all on the flax plant, which becomes linen fiber. It also requires low quantities of water to grow. Linen also emits much lower levels of CO2, as compared with the cotton plant.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton doesn’t use chemicals or GMOs, but there are questions about water usage and other impacts, including the chemicals used in manufacture and milling processes.

Bamboo

Bamboo has a low grow-impact on the soil, but requires high energy and chemical inputs. Most bamboo production involves toxic bleaching of the final product.

Recycled Polyester

Recycled polyester/PET uses less energy to make clothes from recycled plastics, but there are problems with the toxic recycling process and the original manufacture of polyester/PET.

Soy

Soy can be organic and in those cases will use no pesticides. However, there are possible GMO impacts, and more information is needed before we can safely recommend it as an alternative.

These fabrics demonstrate what is possible in the world of forest-friendly fabric. These textiles have a small footprint, require low inputs and don’t rely on deforestation to produce. Ultimately, though, companies must trace their supply chains and develop full forest policies in order to truly eliminate any controversy from their fabric. You can call on the Fashion 15 today to do just that.


For further information, see:

  1. http://www.maisondexceptions.com/en/ramie-un-textile-durable-pour-le-futur/
  2. http://www.fashionmegreen.com/what-are-sustainable-fibres/

Tell Quaker: A few extra pennies to save Orangutans

This morning two dozen activists stormed a grocery store in San Francisco to convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

The activists re-branded shelves displaying Quaker brand items to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. We need your help to amplify this call to action!

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Activists storm a grocery store in San Francisco, calling for an end to Conflict Palm Oil in Quaker brand products.

PepsiCo, and its brand Quaker, spends huge amounts of money on advertising every year, trying to convince moms and dads that Quaker is a brand that we can trust, yet they are unwilling to spend a few extra pennies to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions.

Will PepsiCo fix the gaps in its palm oil commitment and take action to help save orangutans and keep children out of slave labor conditions? With your voice, it will.

Post a message on Quaker’s Facebook page today:
“Quaker, families don’t want to eat Conflict Palm Oil. Spend a few extra pennies on every package to cut Conflict Palm Oil, save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions.”

After two years of people like you taking action, PepsiCo is finally starting to pay attention and its top decision makers are deciding now whether to actually address these problems. That is why YOUR voice is needed right now.

With your help we can generate a storm on Quaker’s Facebook page and drive home the message that now is the time for this snack food giant to cut Conflict Palm Oil once and for all.

Take a moment to raise your voice now.


Want to step up your game? Activists across the country are taking action in person at grocery stores across the U.S. Sign up here to join them and take your social activism into your community.


#ChangeQuaker in Snack Food Aisles Across America!

PepsiCo, and its brand Quaker, spends huge amounts of money on advertising every year, trying to convince moms and dads that Quaker is a brand that we can trust, yet they are unwilling to spend a few extra pennies to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions.

Join the massive movement of people across the country who are standing up to PepsiCo and demanding an end to Conflict Palm Oil in our food! Join us in taking over hundreds of grocery stores across the country to re-brand Quaker’s displays and drive home the message that now is the time for PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil once and for all.

Everyday shoppers across America are infiltrating local grocery stores to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. Join in the fun by ordering your kit to re-brand Quaker displays in the snack food aisle.

Here’s how to re-brand a simple shelf display featuring Quaker products that contain palm oil, like Chewy Granola Bars, in 2 minutes:

 

First Step: Sign up!

Sign up to order your Quaker shelf makeover kit. We’ll mail you a kit with the following materials:

3 different stickers: You will place these stickers that warn customers about the problems with Conflict Palm Oil over the shelf display (where you see prices listed) in front of the product. 
1 shelf talker - Stick the shelf talker postcard to the display using the first inch of the sticker (see image below)
10 spoof coupons for Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. Once you re-brand Quaker shelf displays, head out front and pass out some spoof coupons to customers heading in to make sure they are aware of the Conflict Palm Oil problem and call on PepsiCo to take action!

 

Second Step: Choose a location and date for your action!
Choose one of the bigger (more corporate) grocery stores in your town that will have large displays of Quaker products. 

 

Third Step: Grocery Store Quaker Jam!

Re-brand shelves displaying Quaker products, like Chewy Granola Bars, using this photo guide:

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Here's whats in your kit

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Place the stickers that warn customers about the problems with Conflict Palm Oil over the shelf display (where you see prices listed) in front of the product. Stick the shelf talker postcard to the display using the first inch of the sticker to grab customers’ attention as they walk by.

Don’t forget to pass out 10 coupons out front before you leave. (You can pass out more than 10 coupons. It’s simple - just order more when you sign up here).

Make sure you take photos and document your action! If you'd like more information on the best way to take powerful photos, check out our easy guide by clicking here.

 

Step 4: Spreading the Word
Don’t let your hard work stay limited to one place! Once you’ve set up your Quaker jam, pull out your phone and take a couple of quick photos of your work. Upload them to your favorite social media account and tag both Rainforest Action Network (or @RAN on Twitter) and Quaker (or @Quaker on Twitter). Be sure to use the hashtag #ChangeQuaker so we can find your posts, and include the city where you jammed Quaker. Together, we’ll show PepsiCo that activists all over the country are demanding change.

Don’t miss out on this fun, creative opportunity! When you sign up we’ll send you everything you need to install your own creative re-branding of Quaker shelf displays.

Together we can convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to spend a few extra pennies per package to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions.


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