“When we lose our land, we lose our identity.”

Indigenous peoples in North Sumatra are facing threats to their identities, livelihoods and safety as corporations destroy the rainforests that their communities have relied on for generations. In this open…

Is Procter & Gamble a Climate and Rights Villain?

Procter & Gamble likes to pretend it’s a climate hero, but it’s really a classic villain. Its far-flung suppliers cause social and environmental mayhem all the way from the tropical forests of Indonesia to the boreal forests of Canada.

Looking Ahead: Eight Priorities to guide us in 2022

We’ve just started the new year, but already the clock is ticking… LOUDLY. That’s because according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we only have until 2030 to…

protest with banner chase defund climate change

“We are the stewards of our land.”

Rajes Sitanggang walks quietly and confidently through the dense shrubs and trees — just like a New Yorker would walk down their street in their neighborhood without even thinking. Then,…

The forest is a part of us

The Pargamanan-Bintang Maria community in the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia can trace their roots back to about 125 years ago. The three Batak clans (Marga), Sitanggang, Simbolon and Lumban Gaol, migrated there during Dutch colonial times and were given the land by the ruler Partuan Nahoda Raja with the promise to never transfer its rights.