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Mickey, Minnie Mouse Chain Themselves to Disney Headquarters in Defense of Indonesian Trees, Tigers

Here's one way to get half-lidded 7 a.m. commuters to notice your niche environmental campaign:

LA Weekly Blog
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Protesters dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse arrested at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank [Updated]

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit

Protesters dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse were arrested Wednesday morning after they chained themselves to the gates of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

LA Times Blog
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How the Girl Scouts Turned Themselves Into Great-Ape Killing Villains

The Girl Scouts‘ bungled handling of a controversy over the palm oil used in its cookies is a classic case of how a myopic, defensive PR strategy can quickly make you the poster child for bad behavior. The organization –formally the Girl Scouts of the USA — and its beloved cookies are hardly the biggest users of palm oil, although 16 of the 17 cookie varieties contain it.

BNet: CBS Interactive Business Network
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What Happens When Two Girl Scouts Take On The Dirty Palm Oil Industry

Palm oil is what companies often use to replace more unhealthy oils like canola. But harvesting palm oil can get nasty--companies plow through wilderness to get at the oil, displacing endangered wildlife including pygmy elephants, orangutans and Sumatran tigers along the way. In the past, companies that buy palm oil  have turned a blind eye to the practices of the industry. This includes the Girl Scouts. The non-profit's famous cookies are made with the stuff, much to the chagrin of two hard-charging Scouts, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva.

Fast Company
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Child labor, orangutans and Thin Mints: Two renegade Girl Scouts raise questions about palm oil used in popular cookies

Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen, left, and Madison Vorva, both of Ann Arbor, have been campaigning to raise awareness of the human and environmental impact of the organization's famous cookies.

“Kids should not have to choose between selling cookies and getting to camp or choosing rainforest deforestation and orangutan extinction. There are links to slave labor as well,” Vorva said. “There should be no human rights abuses occurring in Girl Scout cookies either.”
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Do Girl Scout Cookies Harm the Environment? Renegade Scouts Fight Against Palm Oil Ingredient

Girl Scout cookie lovers, beware. Because of palm oil, a key ingredient, those delicious and addictive treats may not be as innocent as they seem. Not only is the ingredient linked to child labor in Indonesia, but it also allegedly contributes to rainforest deforestation. But now two renegade girl scouts are lobbying the Girl Scouts of America to remove the ingredient from the cookies.

Time Newsfeed
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rainforest Action Network Statement on Bank of America's New Emissions Commitment

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (May 18, 2011)—Today, Bank of America announced a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitment covering its ‘operational’ emissions coming from the company’s  global facilities. The announcement can be found here:

Four Arrested at Disney’s Burbank Headquarters in Dramatic Protest Over Rainforest Destruction

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Rainforest Action Network Finds Disney Tied to Forest Destruction and Endangered Tiger Loss

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Report Finds Chevron Downplaying Shareholder Risk and Liability from $18 Billion Ecuador Judgment

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO— Two weeks before Chevron’s (NYSE: CVX) Annual General Shareholders meeting, a report released today, An Analysis of the Financial and Operational Risks to Chevron Corporation from Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco, finds that Chevron’s multi-billion liability in Ecuador poses serious financial and operational risk to the company and its shareholders. The report finds that Chevron's strategy in the Ecuador litigation could depress stock price, and increase enforcement and raise costs for oil companies.