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Crunch time for sustainable palm oil

One of the RSPO’s principles is to abide by local regulations, meaning member palm oil producers have committed to avoiding planting on peat lands. However, RSPO members have not agreed to a definition for peat land for the purposes of CSPO.
Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Indonesia and Malaysia, as demand for palm oil grows, so do environmental, labor concerns

Slash-and-burn agriculture accounts for 80 percent of Indonesia’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the United States and China.

The Washington Post
Monday, November 26, 2012

FdL native helping protect Indonesian rainforest

Simba, the Lion King, was former Fond du Lac resident Robin Averbeck’s favorite Disney character as a child, and now the grown-up girl is saving Simba’s real world habitat.

Averbeck is a forest campaigner for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) headquartered in San Francisco.

FdL Reporter
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rainforest group locks horns with Cargill

A rainforest advocacy group said agricultural conglomerate Cargill isn't serious about addressing deforestation concerns related to palm oil.

Rainforest Action Network said, in a statement, that it received a letter from Cargill saying the company has been trying to work with the advocacy group for more than four years. RAN published a statement it said was received by Cargill that said "RAN refuses to have a constructive engagement" about environmental issues.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Activists block entrances at four Bank of America branches in Charlotte

Nine members of environmental activist group Rainforest Action Network are staging a sit-in at four Charlotte Bank of America branches this morning.

Charlotte Business Journal
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nine protesters arrested at Charlotte-area Bank of America branches

Nine protesters were arrested Tuesday after hitting four Charlotte-area Bank of America branches in an effort to speak out against what they call "the bank's leading role in coal financing."

The protesters were part of Rainforest Action Network's campaign to confront Bank of America.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Setting the Record Straight: Rainforest Action Network Responds to Misleading Statements by HarperCollins and Media

Release Date: 
Friday, December 14, 2012

San Francisco, CA – A number of false and misleading statements by HarperCollins and members of the press have been made since Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the results of independent forensic fiber tests on December 12, 2012. The lab tests showed that a number of HarperCollins’ popular books contained paper fiber connected to rainforest destruction. RAN is releasing this statement to clarify our position and set the record straight.

Holiday Shoppers Alerted to Rainforest Destruction in HarperCollins’ Best-Selling Books

Release Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurel Sutherlin 415.246.0161

RAN Responds to Leaked Palm Oil Statement by Cargill

Release Date: 
Monday, November 19, 2012

Contact: Laurel Sutherlin 415.246.0161

San Francisco, CA - Last week, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contacted Cargill employees in over 20 countries to alert them to the company’s ties to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction. Palm oil is one of the leading causes of tropical deforestation and Cargill is the top importer of palm oil into the US as well as one of the largest palm oil traders worldwide.

BREAKING: Nine Arrested at Four Bank of America Branches in Coal Protest

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE—Nine people were arrested today in sit-ins at four different Bank of America locations across Charlotte. The activists were part of Rainforest Action Network’s campaign to confront the bank’s leading role in coal financing, which impacts the quality of air in North Carolina and contributes to global climate change pollution.

Among those arrested was Patricia Moore, 75, of Charlotte, a Bank of America family shareholder and grandmother concerned about the impact coal pollution is having on her granddaughter who suffers from chronic asthma.