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Rainforest Action Network Missive Urges Hundreds of Companies to Stop Using Palm Oil

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – More than 2,000 concerned citizens across the country went to supermarkets in San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York and dozens of other cities today to apply stickers reading, “Warning! Product May Contain Rainforest Destruction,” on any items found to contain palm oil. The day of action was organized by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which also sent letters to more than 300 companies urging them to stop using palm oil in commercial products until more sustainable palm oil sources are made available in the market.

Broad Coalition Welcomes Northern Boreal Plan, Urges Province to Uphold Indigenous Commitments

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – The province of Ontario announced last week an unprecedented commitment to protect 56 million acres of northern boreal forest, an area equal in size to the state of Minnesota. Today, Rainforest Action Network and a host of other labor, environmental, human rights, faith-based and social justice groups issued a joint letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty welcoming the proposal while urging the province to make good on its commitment to Indigenous communities as implementation of the plan moves forward.

Protest Prompts Abitibi Pullout

One of the world's biggest logging companies has pulled out of a Northern Ontario forest because of opposition from a small local Indian community.

AbitibiBowater Inc. said it will surrender its licence to cut trees in the Whiskey Jack forest, about an hour's drive north of Kenora, because it can't wait for negotiations, recently announced by the province, that the company says will take at least four years.

The Toronto Star
Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rainforest Action Network Welcomes Logging Giant’s Decision to End Clear-Cut Logging on Grassy Narrows Traditional Territory

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – Rainforest Action Network (RAN) praised the decision of logging company AbitibiBowater—the largest paper company in the world—to stop logging on the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The logging company is the last to cease operations in the million-acre Whiskey Jack Forest that comprises Grassy Narrows traditional territory. Its decision comes in the wake of decades of lawsuits and peaceful protests by the people of Grassy Narrows, including the longest standing logging blockade in North America.

Rainforest Action Network Praises ANZ Bank for Refusing to Fund Gunns' Tasmanian Pulp Mill

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Friday, May 23, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO - Bill Barclay, Global Finance Campaigner for Rainforest Action Network, released the following statement today praising ANZ Bank for its decision to withhold funding for Australian lumber giant Gunns Ltd's controversial Tasmanian pulp mill project:

International Paper Threatens to Violate Own Policy by Expanding Into Indonesian Rainforest

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Monday, May 12, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — Rainforest Action Network and ForestEthics today condemned a proposal by U.S.-based International Paper to build a pulp mill and establish 1.2 million acres of plantation forest in the heart of the Indonesian rainforest. The groups urged International Paper, which is holding its Annual General Meeting today, to not violate its own paper policy and to abandon its plans to expand into Indonesia, a global warming and biodiversity hot spot.

Top Paper Company Misinforming Customers about Source of Wood

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

TOKYO – A report released today by U.S. environmental group Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contains evidence that Nippon Paper is purchasing wood from old growth forests in Tasmania, Australia, despite the company’s assurances to the contrary. RAN’s report, The Truth behind Tasmanian Forest Destruction and the Japanese Paper Industry, details how Japanese paper companies are supporting the rapid destruction of Tasmania’s biologically unique forests by purchasing huge volumes of woodchips from controversial Australian lumber giant Gunns Limited.

Tenth Anniversary of Chico Mendes Murder Sees Rainforests in Worst State Ever

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Wednesday, December 16, 1998

"The unprecedented loss of old growth forest is a catastrophe of global proportion. It hastens climate change, obliterates the habit of millions of species, and lays waste to the homelands and way-of-life of traditional forest peoples. The spirit of Chico Mendes lives on in everyone who stands up against this senseless destruction, and if we join together we can protect the Amazon as a lasting memorial to Mendes' vision."

- Randall Hayes, President, Rainforest Action Network

The deflowering of the EU's green logo

The EU's Ecolabel is used to certify a product partly made from Indonesian rainforest timber. What a shame

The Guardian
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Indonesian Paper Giant APRIL’s Certification Status Suspended

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia - Allegations of rampant environmental damage and human rights violations were confirmed today as SmartWood, an independent forest management certifier, suspended the interim certification of Asia Paper Resources International Limited (APRIL) pulp products. The paper giant failed to meet the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’s minimum standard for controlled wood certification.