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  • PepsiCo: Time to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge

    It’s been one year since we launched the campaign to cut Conflict Palm Oil from America’s snack foods. The good news is that with your help we are achieving real changes from many major companies, proving that not only is it possible for companies to change, but that people-powered pressure works to bring this change about.

    Unfortunately, there are still some critical companies that are refusing to take action to address their Conflict Palm Oil problem. One of the worst offenders in the Conflict Palm Oil world - who is also one of biggest makers of popular kid’s snacks - won’t even acknowledge the destruction it's causing.

    PepsiCo is a major Conflict Palm Oil laggard, dragging its feet, refusing to admit it even has a problem. With a whopping 457,200 metric tons of palm oil used annually in snacks like Cheetos and Lay's potato chips, PepsiCo has a huge impact on the planet, the forests, and the people and animals which call them home. 

    Send your message here: Tell PepsiCo you won't have deforestation, extinction, or slavery in your home. 

  • Tell Barclays To Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

    Leading global banks are ending financing relationships with mountaintop removal coal producers. But Barclays, the British banking giant, poured $550 million dollars into the horrific practice in 2013.

    Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) obliterates mountains and poisons communities in Appalachia. In 2013, Barclays was the #1 financier of MTR coal worldwide.

    People speaking out all over the world have pushed banks like Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan Chase to start moving away from MTR financing. The smart money has realized that the reputational and financial risks of supporting mountaintop removal coal are too urgent to ignore any longer.

    Let’s make sure Barclays gets out of the mountain destruction business as well.

    Send a message to Barclays CEO, Antony Jenkins:

  • Tell Barclays To Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

    Leading global banks are ending financing relationships with mountaintop removal coal producers. But Barclays, the British banking giant, poured $550 million dollars into the horrific practice in 2013.

    Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) obliterates mountains and poisons communities in Appalachia. In 2013, Barclays was the #1 financier of MTR coal worldwide.

    People speaking out all over the world have pushed banks like Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan Chase to start moving away from MTR financing. The smart money has realized that the reputational and financial risks of supporting mountaintop removal coal are too urgent to ignore any longer.

    Let’s make sure Barclays gets out of the mountain destruction business as well.

    Send a message to Barclays CEO, Antony Jenkins:

  • Tell Barclays To Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

    Leading global banks are ending financing relationships with mountaintop removal coal producers. But Barclays, the British banking giant, poured $550 million dollars into the horrific practice in 2013.

    Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) obliterates mountains and poisons communities in Appalachia. In 2013, Barclays was the #1 financier of MTR coal worldwide.

    People speaking out all over the world have pushed banks like Wells Fargo, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan Chase to start moving away from MTR financing. The smart money has realized that the reputational and financial risks of supporting mountaintop removal coal are too urgent to ignore any longer.

    Let’s make sure Barclays gets out of the mountain destruction business as well.

    Send a message to Barclays CEO, Antony Jenkins:

  • Tell the Banks To Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

    After years of grassroots pressure, JPMorgan Chase has adopted a new policy that will lead to an end of financial relationships with Mountaintop Removal coal producers.

    This is a huge breakthrough! Wells Fargo and BNP Paribas/Bank of the West are already moving away from Mountaintop Removal (MTR). JPMorgan Chase makes it a trend: the smart money doesn’t want the monstrous reputation that comes with supporting MTR coal.

    Let’s use the momentum from Chase’s policy to tell other banks that they don’t have to be associated with the destruction of MTR.

    Send a message to Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley:

  • President Yudhoyono, Save the Leuser Ecosystem!

    The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of orangutans remaining anywhere in the world and is the only place where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears live in the same forest together.

    Today, its future is at a crossroads and your voice is urgently needed.

    In the last few months, Aceh’s Governor and Parliament have approved a disastrous plan to open up the Leuser Ecosystem to major industrial development.
    Indonesia's Central Government must reject this plan outright and keep protections for the forest strong.

    Tell Indonesia's President Yudhoyono you and activists around the world are standing with them to reject the destruction of this pristine ecosystem. Add your name below to send your message.

  • President Yudhoyono, Save the Leuser Ecosystem!

    The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of orangutans remaining anywhere in the world and is the only place where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears live in the same forest together.

    Today, its future is at a crossroads and your voice is urgently needed.

    In the last few months, Aceh’s Governor and Parliament have approved a disastrous plan to open up the Leuser Ecosystem to major industrial development, despite concerns from members of the local community and calls for protection from around the world. Indonesian President Yudhoyono and Minister of Home Affairs Fauzi have both requested revisions to the plan in order to keep huge industrial interests from exploiting the Leuser Ecosystem, but Aceh’s government simply isn’t listening and plans to move ahead with large scale deforestation and development.

    Now it comes down to President Yudhoyono and Minister Fauzi. Indonesia's Central Government must now reject this plan outright and keep protections for the forest strong. Tell them you and activists around the world are standing with them to reject the destruction of this pristine ecosystem.

    Aceh's parliament has ignored its legal obligations to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. It has let down nearly four million people who depend on the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem for clean water for drinking, irrigation and food production, in order to satisfy palm oil, mining and logging companies.

    It's not too late to stop this plan and to keep the protections for the Leuser Ecosystem in place.

    We need to urge the President of Indonesia to reject this plan which will allow the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

    Some places in the world are too important to lose—please send your message now.


  • It's time for Cargill to cut Conflict Palm Oil

    Cargill is buying palm oil from notorious Conflict Palm Oil producer Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK), which is engaged in everything from destruction of pristine rainforests to child labor and the theft of Indigenous peoples’ lands.

    For years, Cargill has continued to sell Conflict Palm Oil, like the palm oil it gets from KLK, to consumer brand companies. Moreover, Cargill refuses to take action to clean up its global supply chains. Now the company is lagging behind other traders that have realized that business as usual is no longer tenable.

    Send a letter to Cargill’s new CEO David MacLennan telling him it’s time for change: It’s time for Cargill to cut Conflict Palm Oil from its global operations and adopt a truly responsible palm oil sourcing policy.

  • Call Out The Laggards Who Refuse to Take Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil!

    It’s been one year since we launched the campaign to cut Conflict Palm Oil from America’s snack foods. The good news is that with your help we are achieving real changes from many major companies, proving that not only is it possible for companies to change, but that people-powered pressure works to bring this change about.

    Unfortunately, there are still some critical companies that are refusing to take action to address their Conflict Palm Oil problem. Five of the worst offenders in the Conflict Palm Oil world - who are also some of biggest makers of popular kid’s snacks - won’t even acknowledge the destruction they’re causing.

    Pepsi, Kraft, Campbell’s, Heinz and ConAgra are the 5 Conflict Palm Oil laggards, dragging their feet, refusing to admit they even have a problem.

    Send your message here: Tell the 5 laggards you won't have deforestation, extinction, or slavery in your home. 

  • Tell Staples "Too Soon to Buy From Asia Pulp and Paper!"

    Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is one of the largest, and most notorious, pulp and paper companies in the world. After destroying an area of tropical rainforests nearly the size of Massachusetts, APP announced a new commitment to clean up its act last year. Despite having many good elements, one year on, many of the company’s promises have yet to be implemented. Additionally, the company’s performance has yet to be independently verified.

    While we're hopeful that these changes are real, APP's track record of broken commitments – its repeated failure to meet its previous promises to stop using rainforest fiber in production; its default on environmental obligations with international financial institutions; its broken agreements with green groups and communities - warrant a precautionary approach. And, the fact that APP’s commitment still has gaps and is only in the early stages of implementation makes independent verification and cotractual requirements regarding APP's performance a must before paper customers consider renewing ties with APP.

    Given the incomplete and unverified nature of APP's commitments, it's simply too early to take APP at its word and begin buying paper products from it again. Unfortunately, office supply chain Staples has begun doing exactly that. Staples claims it's seeking to be forest friendly, but this pre-mature faith in APP's promises not only opens up Staples supply chain to risk, it also sets a terrible example for the rest of the industry. 

    That's why your voice is needed. Take a moment to send an email to Staples CEO Ron Sargent to tell him "Don't buy - verify." Make sure he knows that you're looking to Staples to live up to its commitments to the forests instead of taking APP's promises at face value. 

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  • Call on Indonesia's president to reject the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem

    The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of orangutans remaining anywhere in the world and is the only place where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears live in the same forest together. The people of Aceh have long fought to protect the Leuser Ecosystem as it also provides them with clean water for downstream irrigation, agriculture and food production.

    Today, it is at a crossroads.

    Aceh's governor and parliament has signed off on a disastrous plan that will open up huge areas of some of the world’s most biologically diverse forests to major industrial development, including Conflict Palm Oil plantations.

    Aceh's parliament has ignored its legal obligations to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. It has let down nearly four million people who depend on the rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem for clean water for drinking, irrigation and food production, in order to satisfy palm oil, mining and logging companies.

    It's not to late to stop this plan.

    We need to urgently call on Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Gamawan Fauzi, to prevent this new plan from being formally accepted and legalized by Indonesia’s Central Government.


    Some places in the world are too important to lose—please send your message now.

  • Tell Congress: "Protect Democracy! No Fast Track for TPP!"

    It is urgently important that your Congressional representatives hear from you today that you demand an open public debate on the TPP before it is allowed to become law.

    The main purpose of the TPP is to remove legislative barriers that currently restrict the rights of multinational corporations, at the expense of sovereignty and human rights. The TPP would give companies sweeping powers to sue local governments or entire countries over democratically enacted laws a company deems an impediment to maximum profits. This would have major implications for protections on everything from forests and rivers to worker safety, healthcare and internet privacy.

    Any way you slice it, the TPP would be a disaster for people and the planet and right now it is urgent that members of the US Congress hear from you that you demand they vote down Fast Track and force a public debate about the TPP. Add your name here to send a message to your Senator and Congressperson.

  • Tell KLK: Stop the Land Grab in Collingwood Bay!

    The people of Collingwood Bay have built their culture and livelihoods around the primary forest and pristine marine environment that surrounds their community in Papua New Guinea. 

    Now their way of life and ancestral lands are under attack by palm oil giant KLK. Despite a decision by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) ordering them to leave immediately, they're trying to hang on by defending dubious land leases in court, against the will of the Indigenous people. 

    It's time for this to stop. The people of Collingwood Bay have said uniquivocally that they will NEVER tolerate palm oil expansion on their ancestral lands. Please take a moment to tell KLK it is time to heed the decision of the RSPO, drop its court challenge, and pull out of Collingwood Bay for good.

  • Say No to North America's Largest Coal Export Terminal
    Keep Washington Beautiful

    Burning coal exports from the Pacific Northwest to Asia could lead to nearly as much global warming pollution as the Keystone XL pipeline. Coal export terminals also threaten to pollute air waterways, sensitive marine ecosystems and violate the sovereignty of local peoples.

    Luckily, 3 of 6 proposed terminals have already been stopped following grassroots pressure. And now, even banks like Goldman Sachs are backing out of coal export investments. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently reviewing the environmental impacts of the largest coal export terminal in Cherry Point, WA. Its assessment will have a critical influence on whether the proposed terminal is built.

    Tell the Army Corps to assess the coal terminal's full threat to people, the environment and climate in its Environmental Impact Statement.

  • Tell the Snack Food 20: Don't Replace Trans Fats with Conflict Palm Oil
    Last Stand of the Orangutan

    Expansion of palm oil plantations into Indonesia’s and Malaysia's rainforests is pushing wild orangutans to the brink of extinction. We have reached The Last Stand of the Orangutan—but it's not too late.

    In 2013, RAN launched our campaign targeting the Snack Food 20—companies that control some of the best-known snack food brands in the world—telling them they must remove "Conflict Palm Oil" tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction from their products. Now, a new threat to our rainforests and the rights of the people who rely on them has emerged. The FDA has proposed to ban the use of trans fats in the US. If approved, this will force companies, including the Snack Food 20, to reformulate their products.

    We need to ensure that the Snack Food 20 do not replace trans fats with rainforest destroying Conflict Palm Oil. These companies rely on our trust as consumers, so if enough of us speak up, the Snack Food 20 will have to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from their products, not increase the use of this controversial oil.

    Stand with RAN and Orangutan Outreach—tell the Snack Food 20: "Cut Conflict Palm Oil from your products, don’t use it to replace trans fats."

    Note: If you're joining us from a postal code outside of the United States, please use 00000 as your postal code.

  • Speak out for the Leuser Ecosystem!

    The Leuser Ecosystem is home to the densest population of orangutans remaining anywhere in the world and is the only place where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinos and sun bears live in the same forest together. The people of Aceh have long fought to protect the Leuser Ecosystem as it also provides them with clean water for downstream irrigation, agriculture and food production and helps avoid soil erosion, flooding, landslides and pest outbreaks. 

    Today, it is at a crossroads. 

    The choices are stark.

    Massive palm oil companies are pushing hard to open this pristine ecosystem up for mass clearing in order to plant palm oil plantations. 

    Local activists and community members are being joined by scientists and conservationists around the world to call for protection for the Leuser. And protection comes down to one man, Governor Dr. Zaini Abdullah, who can nominate the Leuser as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Some places in the world are too important to lose—please send your message to Governor Abdullah now.

  • Tell HSBC: Stop the Illegal Land Grab in Collingwood Bay!

    The people of Collingwood Bay have built their culture and livelihoods around the primary forest and pristine marine environment that surrounds their community in Papua New Guinea. 

    Now their way of life and ancestral lands are under attack by palm oil giant KLK. They've brought their complaints to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the organization which is supposed to stop illegal land grabs, but the response from the RSPO has been slow. Meanwhile KLK has continued to push its agenda—landing a barge with palm oil seeds and security personnel in Collingwood Bay. 

    It's time for this to stop. HSBC is a principal bank to KLK, and has the power to stop this entire land grab in its tracks. Will you take a moment to send HSBC a note, demanding that they take immediate action to halt KLK's theft of the Collingwood Bay community's land? 

  • Send Your Message: No Coal Exports

    Coal companies are proposing to export 44 million new tons of coal each year out of Longview, WA. The government agencies deciding whether to approve the new coal export terminal want to hear from you before Monday, November 18.

    Coal is a dirty, combustible fuel that coal companies would put in open rail cars to travel through our communities and on massive cargo ships through important ecosystems. The coal would come from strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana and would pollute communities where it is burned.

    More exports would be catastrophic for the climate crisis.

    Three proposed West Coast coal terminals have been withdrawn following public opposition. We can stop Longview's Millenium Bulk Terminals, but only if you speak out against coal before Monday’s deadline.

  • Tell Lumber Liquidators: "No Tiger Extinction for Flooring!"

    A shocking new report shows direct ties between hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, organized crime, and the illegal logging of the habitat of the last 450 Siberian Tigers. This shameless disregard for the last few remaining members of the species in pursuit of cheap flooring is not only disgusting, it's illegal under American law and has prompted a federal investigation. 

    In order to retain even a shred of credibility, Lumber Liquidators needs to immediately and irrevocably take action to improve due diligence and bring itself into compliance with the Lacey Act. It must eliminate forest illegality, destruction and human rights violations from its supply chain. Lumber Liquidators must cut supply chain ties with Xingjia, the supplier which is the source of this illegal hardwood, and adopt and implement a comprehensive procurement policy that ensures the company will never again be involved in destroying old growth and endangered forests, abuse of human rights and run away climate change.

    The time for action is now—add your name below to send your message directly to Lumber Liquidators.

    You can read the full report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) here.

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  • Add Your Name: Stop Financing Climate Chaos
    Our Future. Our Choice. Our Power.

    Banks, like Bank of America and Citi, are the ATMs of the dirty energy industries fueling the climate crisis. Since 2010 Bank of America has invested $128 billion in oil, gas and coal companies-more than eight times what it's committed to clean energy investments. Since 2010, Citi has invested $135 billion in oil, gas and coal companies. 

    But the big banks recruit on college campuses because they can’t work without us. That means we have the power to change them.

    In fact, we already have. In 2009, grassroots efforts moved the country’s top eight banks to limit funding for companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining. Now, a growing movement is winning campaigns for fossil fuel divestment.

    Let's push Bank of America and Citi further. Students are already calling the banks out on campuses across the country. They need you to call the banks out too. Sign below to send a clear message to Bank of America and Citi: stop financing climate chaos.  

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    Our Future. Our Choice. Our Power.

    Banks, like Bank of America and Citi, are the ATMs of the dirty energy industries fueling the climate crisis. Since 2010 Bank of America has invested $128 billion in oil, gas and coal companies-more than eight times what it's committed to clean energy investments. Since 2010, Citi has invested $135 billion in oil, gas and coal companies. 

    But the big banks recruit on college campuses because they can’t work without us. That means we have the power to change them.

    In fact, we already have. In 2009, grassroots efforts moved the country’s top eight banks to limit funding for companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining. Now, a growing movement is winning campaigns for fossil fuel divestment.

    Let's push Bank of America and Citi further. Students are already calling the banks out on campuses across the country. They need you to call the banks out too. Sign below to send a clear message to Bank of America and Citi: stop financing climate chaos.  

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    Our Future. Our Choice. Our Power.

    Banks, like Bank of America and Citi, are the ATMs of the dirty energy industries fueling the climate crisis. Since 2010 Bank of America has invested $128 billion in oil, gas and coal companies-more than eight times what it's committed to clean energy investments. Since 2010, Citi has invested $135 billion in oil, gas and coal companies. 

    But the big banks recruit on college campuses because they can’t work without us. That means we have the power to change them.

    In fact, we already have. In 2009, grassroots efforts moved the country’s top eight banks to limit funding for companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining. Now, a growing movement is winning campaigns for fossil fuel divestment.

    Let's push Bank of America and Citi further. Students are already calling the banks out on campuses across the country. They need you to call the banks out too. Sign below to send a clear message to Bank of America and Citi: stop financing climate chaos.  

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  • Tell the Snack Food 20: Cut Conflict Palm Oil, Not Rainforests
    Last Stand of the Orangutan

    Expansion of palm oil plantations into Indonesia’s and Malaysia's rainforests is causing massive climate disruption and pushing wild orangutans to the brink of extinction. We have reached The Last Stand of the Orangutan—but it's not too late.

    Take action now to call on the Snack Food 20—companies that control some of the best-known snack food brands in the world—to remove Conflict Palm Oil tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction from their products. These companies rely on our trust as consumers. If enough of us speak up, the Snack Food 20 will have to change the way they do business.

    Only 60,600 orangutans remain in the wilds of Sumatra and Borneo. That's why we’re organizing 60,600 humans to stand up for them by calling on PepsiCo and the other Snack Food 20 companies to cut Conflict Palm Oil, not rainforests. Will you stand for the orangutans and the climate today?

  • Tell Bank of America, No Forest Destruction for Coal

    Bank of America is turning a profit from one of the most abusive companies in the world: Coal India Limited. The company — the biggest coal miner in the world — has forcibly displaced forest communities, destroyed critical tiger habitat and even used child labor. All for coal, the dirtiest energy source in the world.

    What’s worse? Coal India’s abuses are public knowledge. The greedy executives at Bank of America hoped that helping to finance its work would go unnoticed.

    If we demonstrate an immediate public backlash, Bank of America executives will be forced to rethink their decision. Tell them to cut ties with Coal India today!

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  • Tell New EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to End Mountaintop Removal for Coal

    Tell new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to take immediate action to end mountaintop removal for coal.

    After more than five months of obstruction and delay by Congress, McCarthy was finally put in a position to halt the damaging environmental and health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

    But in order to make sure that it is a top priority issue, she needs to hear from you today.

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    Here's the last line of a Bloomberg Businessweek article that exposes the human rights abuses rampant in Indonesia's palm oil sector:

    "Adam, the 19-year-old who fled the PT 198 [palm] plantation in 2010, says he hopes shoppers… ask themselves a simple question when they consider which oil to buy: 'Is there slavery in this?'"

    That's a very good question to ask, but unfortunately most folks are not asking it when they go to the store to do their shopping. While the environmental impacts of the palm oil industry on Indonesia's rainforests get a lot of attention, human rights abuses like forced and child labor are less widely known. The Bloomberg piece, which is based on a nine-month investigation, documents the abusive labor practices on a plantation owned by one of the biggest palm oil companies in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK).

    What was the response to this report from Cargill, which received "at least 31 shipments of palm oil from KLK, totaling more than 61 million pounds, over the last three years," palm oil that has now been documented to have been made at least partially by workers and children forced into slave labor conditions? Cargill's response was the same as it's ever been, denial.

    It's time to tell Cargill, the leading supplier of palm oil in the US, that we will not stand for child and slave labor in our food.

  • Keep the Leuser Protected Ecosystem protected

    Thousands of Indigenous communities rely on the forests of the Leuser Protected Ecosystem, a forest area on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, for their lives and livelihoods. It is also the last place on Earth where endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan and the Sumatran tiger coexist with elephants, rhinos, and Sunbears.

    But the government of Aceh, the province in which the Leuser Protected Ecosystem lies, is considering a plan that would remove large regions of forest from the protected area, opening them up to palm oil and pulp plantations, logging, mining, and all of the roads and other infrastructure that come with them. The Indonesian government is now considering the plan, and has the power to reject it.

    We need to be making sure that what's left of the world's rainforests are protected, not opening them to destructive industries seeking to profit from rainforest destruction.

    Call on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Secretary General of the Ministry of Forestry Hadi Daryanto to reject the misguided plan to un-protect portions of the Leuser Protected Ecosystem.

  • APRIL: Return lands stolen from local communities

    Earlier this week, hundreds of Indigenous villagers from Sipituhuta and Pandumaan communities in North Sumatra risked life and limb by standing between their forest home and the logging machinery of PT Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), a company affiliated with paper giant APRIL. In response, Indonesia's notoriously abusive security agency, known as Brimob, was called in to forcibly suppress the protest. At least 16 village members have now been arrested in connection to this latest dispute.

    This case has been simmering since 2009, when the APRIL affiliate began deforesting the community's territory and planting eucalyptus plantations on their ancestral land.

    In September, APRIL workers and security forces again began to clear forest on the community's land. The community gathered in large numbers to stop the machinery, confiscating weapons and chainsaws from the logging crew. Three days later, eight villagers were summoned to the police station. Instead, nearly 1,000 community members arrived in solidarity.

    This land conflict is just one example of the widespread human rights violations that have plagued APRIL's operations for many years. It is past time for APRIL to make respecting the rights of local communities its new business-as-usual. Please write to CEO Sukanto Tanoto today and ask APRIL to release the Indigenous villagers still being held, to peacefully resolve this conflict, and to return the community lands it has stolen.

  • Tell APRIL CEO Sukanto Tanoto to stop pulping Indonesia's rainforests for paper

    Hot on the heels of Disney and HarperCollins adopting new policies to keep rainforest destruction out of their books, controversial paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) committed to undertake major environmental and social reforms yesterday. APP's biggest competitor, Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL), on the other hand, continues to destroy Indonesia's precious forests and peatlands and wreak havoc on local communities' human rights, livelihoods and ways of life.

    If APP follows through on its commitments, it would have a hugely positive impact on Indonesia's rainforests and communities. APP and APRIL together produce some 80% of the pulp and paper that comes out of Indonesia, and both have been linked to egregious environmental and human rights abuses.

    Now's the time to push APRIL to meet or beat APP's new rainforest commitments. Please write to APRIL CEO Sukanto Tanoto and tell him to stop pulping Indonesia's rainforests for paper.

  • Tell Bank of America's Global Advisory Council: Address Climate Change!

    By being the top funder of the US coal industry, Bank of America is contributing to perhaps the most urgent global issue of all: climate change. Please sign this petition urging Bank of America's Global Advisory Council to address real next steps for climate change at their inaugural meeting this March.

  • Tell APP we won't accept paper made from rainforest destruction

    We need to make sure notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp & Paper gets the message: We will not accept paper made from rainforest destruction.

    Just over two years ago, independent fiber tests revealed paper linked to Indonesian rainforest destruction and human rights violations in books sold by nearly all top American publishers. Today, all of the top ten US publishers—including HarperCollins, Disney, Scholastic, and Random House—recognize that customers will not accept books with paper that comes from the destruction of endangered rainforests. This truly is a seismic shift in an industry that just two years ago was rife with controversial paper, and it's all thanks to your hard work.

    But while US publishers are sending a loud and clear message that consumers are demanding paper that is not tied to rainforest destruction or human rights violations, APP has yet to take action of its own. APP is going to make a big sustainability announcement next week, and it could be a significant milestone in the fight to save the world's rainforests and protect the rights of forest–dependent communities and wildlife. But APP needs to know that we expect the company to address all of these issues with both words and deeds.

    APP really needs to hear from you. Please send the company a message now and ask APP decision makers to protect rainforests and the communities and wildlife that depend on them.

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    No child or parent should become an unwitting participant in rainforest destruction this holiday season. But if they're buying books published by HarperCollins, they just might be.

    Indonesia's rainforests are world-renowned, home to millions of Indigenous peoples and forest communities as well as endangered orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, and countless other unique species. Yet, Indonesia has one of the fastest deforestation rates in the tropics, and the pulp and paper industry, from which HarperCollins sources fiber for paper products, is a leading driver of deforestation.

    HarperCollins' current paper purchasing policy fails to prevent the company from contributing to the loss of endangered forests in Indonesia and around the world. It is past time for HarperCollins to sever ties with Indonesian rainforest destroyers APP and APRIL and join its peers like Scholastic, Hachette, and Disney by adopting a comprehensive global paper policy to keep rainforest destruction, tiger extinction and human rights abuses out of its books.

    Email HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray and tell him to stop grinding up rainforests for children's books.

  • Tell Bank of America's Chairman of the Board: Stop Funding Coal!

    Over the past 2 years, Bank of America has invested more than 6.4 billion dollars in coal. Bank of America is the biggest underwriter of the coal industry - bankrolling mountaintop removal coal mining that is devastating communities in Appalachia.

    While Bank of America claims to support environment responsibility, it continues to lead investments in coal, one of the biggest threats to public health and climate stability.

    Please sign the petition to tell Bank of America's Board Chairman, Chad Holiday, that you want the bank to stop funding coal! Energy should not cost lives.

  • Tell Bank of America: Stop Funding Coal!

    Over the past two years, Bank of America has invested more than 8.8 billion dollars in the worst-of-the-worst coal mining and coal-fired power companies. Bank of America is the biggest underwriter of the coal industry - bankrolling coal mining, infrastructure investments, and coal plants around the country.

    While Bank of America claims to support environmental responsibility, it continues to lead investments in coal, one of the biggest threats to public health and climate stability.

    Please sign the petition to tell Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, that you want the bank to stop funding coal! Energy should not cost lives.

  • Tell Cargill corporate money should not sway science

    Two weeks ago, the mainstream media caught fire with a Stanford study questioning the benefits of organic foods. It turns out the anti-organics study may have the fingerprints of agribusiness giants Cargill and Monsanto. That's right, Big Ag has been bankrolling Stanford’s Food Security and the Environment (FSE) program. In fact, Cargill donated $5 million to Stanford over a 10 year period.

    Do you think it is a coincidence that the first big study to undermine the benefits of organics has links to Cargill?

    We need to tell Cargill: ENOUGH. Corporate money should not sway science.

    Whether it be for elections or our research institutions, corporate money comes with an expectation of influence. When a company like Cargill donates millions of dollars, it is likely expecting something in return.

  • Stop 'NAFTA on steroids'

    Right now, negotiations for what's being called "NAFTA on steroids," the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are being conducted in secret. The corporate lobbyists pushing this agreement include a who's who list of Big Oil, Big Ag and Wall Street power brokers.

    The US negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts while flatly refusing to tell the public what they have been proposing in our names. Why the secrecy? Probably because, at the behest of companies like Cargill, U.S. trade negotiators are pushing hard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to include so-called "investor-state" provisions that would grant transnational corporations the power to challenge virtually any environmental law, regulation or court decision that negatively affects their expectation of profits.

    Take action now to demand that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement be made public, that existing free trade agreements be fixed, and that the administration stop pursuing new ones that are even more damaging to the environment. Send a message to US trade negotiator Ron Kirk and Cargill's Chief Trade Lobbyist Devry Boughner and tell them the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the wrong direction for America and the environment.

  • Urgent: Tell Congress to protect the world's forests and wildlife from illegal logging

    Almost half of all rainforest destruction is done illegally. Government corruption, lax laws and poor enforcement result in widespread illegal deforestation across the globe. This unofficial forest clearing makes it extremely challenging to truly protect critically endangered species like the orangutan or Sumatran tiger from extinction, and it contributes enormous amounts of carbon to our atmosphere.

    And now the best law on the books to prevent illegal logging worldwide—the Lacey Act—is under attack.

    The Lacey Act prohibits illegally sourced wood and wood products from being imported into the country, reducing global deforestation rates and preventing job losses in the American forest products industry. But the Lacey Act is under fire by those wishing to end environmental protections and regulations.

    Urge your House representative to vote no on the RELIEF Act (H.R. 3210) or any other bill that would weaken the Lacey Act.

  • Bank of America: Don't bail out Patriot Coal's mountaintop removal

    Patriot Coal, the third-largest mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining company, is filing for bankruptcy. Bank of America is among the banks providing bankruptcy filing services for Patriot.

    This is a real opportunity for BofA to use its influence and environmental ambition to work with Patriot to close and clean up its MTR mines and transition the Appalachian region to produce clean, renewable energy.

    Tell Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan not to bail out Patriot Coal's mountaintop removal operations.

    Photo of Partiot Coal's Hobet MTR Mine by Vivian Stockman / SouthWings.org

  • Demand transparency from Cargill

    Three years ago, Rainforest Action Network exposed palm oil company Duta Palma’s rainforest-destroying practices through a case study on one of its plantations in West Kalimantan, Borneo. Following the release of the report, Cargill publicly claimed that Duta Palma was not a supplier in 2008 or 2009 and that it didn’t intend to do business with the company in 2010. But despite numerous requests from thousands of RAN supporters around the world, Cargill still has not disclosed the companies with which it will not trade. In fact, there has been no confirmation that Duta Palma did not regain its status as a Cargill supplier.

    Until Cargill adopts supply chain safeguards and is transparent about its criteria for doing business with palm oil suppliers, the company has no way of ensuring that conflict-ridden and rainforest-destroying palm oil is not ending up in its supply chain and American homes.

    With palm oil in half of all the products sold in US grocery stores, we deserve to know: What is Cargill doing to keep the worst of the worst palm oil out of its supply chain? Demand transparency now.

  • Tell Indonesia's President to order an immediate halt to all Tripa rainforest destruction

    As many as 20 fires are again burning throughout the Tripa rainforest, one of the world’s most ecologically important forests. The extinction of the Sumtran orangutan is now a more imminent reality. The fires were intentionally started by palm oil companies as a means for clearing rainforests to make way for oil palm plantations and are so severe that they have created a regional air quality crisis in Malaysia.

    Three months ago, when the first fires broke out, RAN supporters flooded the President of Indonesias inbox to demand he address this tragedy, sending a strong message that forced him to launch a task force investigating the palm oil companies that intentionally ignited the fires. But since then our allies have documented 86 new fire hotspots, and there is no concrete evidence that any further action has been taken.

    Please sign this petition to demand that Indonesia President SBY order an immediate halt to all destruction in Tripa: Stop the land clearing, stop the fires that are burning in critical orangutan habitat, and stop the canals that continue to destroy Tripa at this very moment.

  • EPA: Choose science over political influence

    The EPA has recently made the preliminary finding that palm-oil based biofuels do not meet the greenhouse gas standards of the federal renewable fuels mandate.

    Palm oil companies know that this is jeopardizing news to their multi-billion dollar industry. As a result, the EPA is being challenged by the lobby muscle of Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil industry--to leverage political influence over science. Two giant palm oil companies, Cargill and Wilmar, are claiming that palm-oil emissions are exaggerated-- making the EPA vulnerable to softening its standards.

    Urge the EPA to choose science over political influence!

  • Tell Bank of America: Stop funding dirty coal.

    On May 9, Bank of America held its annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, NC. RAN helped mobilize hundreds of people to make our demands heard both inside and outside the meeting that BofA must stop funding dirty coal and fueling climate change.

    We need Bank of America to know that for every one of us that protested BofA at its annual shareholder meeting, there are a dozen more people across the country standing up with us — sign and share this petition today.

  • Corporations need to pay their fair share

    Tax RatesAre corporations paying their fair share when it comes to taxes?

    Two weeks ago, it was announced that the U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest in the world, inciting massive critique and concern for corporate well-being. Except for one thing, none of these billion dollar behemoths pay anything close to the corporate tax rate.

    RAN looked at what the top ten banks, coal and oil companies paid in taxes in 2011, how much they profited, how much they received in tax credits, and what they would have paid if they complied with the 35% statutory tax rate. It probably won’t surprise you that all of them are gaming the system. Banks, oil and coal companies are making billions in profits annually and, thanks to bailouts, tax breaks, offshore havens, and lots of loopholes, paying much less than their fair share in taxes.

    Tell President Obama to close corporate tax loopholes and make sure the top corporations are paying their fair share...just like the rest of us.

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  • Tell Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty: Respect Native Land Rights Now!

    Without consent or consultation, God's Lake Resources Inc. trespassed on Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) lands in northern Ontario and is threatening to drill on a sacred KI burial ground. The KI community is saying NO to God's Lake Resources, just as the community opposed mining exploration by Platinex in 2008 and De Beers in 2010.

    It’s important that we stand with the KI. Not only has the Canadian government repeatedly chosen to ignore Indigenous communities' right to free, prior, and informed consent when it comes to industrial and extractive industries operating on their lands, but it has actually sought to press criminal charges against Indigenous leaders who stood up for their communities’ rights. Find more info and view a video message from KI Chief Danny Morris.

    Tell Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Minister of of Northern Development and Mines, Rick Bartolucci, to respect the KI community’s rights and stop God’s Lake Resources from mining the KI’s land.

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  • Call Arch Coal today to save Blair Mountain

    Mountaintop removal coal mining is destroying the mountains and threatening the health and lives of communities across Appalachia. But people in Appalachia are standing up and today they need your support.

    Residents of Blair, West Virginia have noticed increased activity from mining company Arch Coal around Blair Mountain -- site of the largest labor uprising in American history. Residents are becoming increasingly concerned about Arch’s activities and fear they will move forward with plans to mine the historic location.

    Call Arch CEO, Steven Leer, today and tell him that Appalachian communities should not fall victim to pad his profit margin.

    Call Arch’s St. Louis headquarters: (314) 994-2700
    Call Arch’s Charleston, WV headquarters: (304) 760-2400

    Script to use when Calling Arch Coal

    1. "Hello, my name is ____ and I am calling to ask you to abandon your plans to mine the historic Blair Mountain. The whole world is watching, and I am calling on your corporation to do the right thing and stop the destruction of Blair Mountain, along with all other mountains and communities in Appalachia. Mountaintop removal mining is wrong and harmful to the people and communities below it. Please cease and desist from your Blair Mountain plans."

    2. Thank whomever is listening to you and hang up.

    3. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

    Please fill in the form below to let us know you called!

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  • Thank President Obama For Rejecting Keystone XL

    Obama Keystone XL signPresident Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline!

    This massive 1700-mile pipeline would have allowed some of the world's dirtiest oil to travel from Canada’s tar sands through America's heartland, jeopardizing our water, our air and our climate.

    Against threats from Big Oil, President Obama has stepped up to represent us and our future. Please take the time today to thank him for rejecting the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline.

  • Don’t let Chevron get away with environmental crimes in Brazil

    "We're going to show this gang that they can't come here and create whatever environmental mess they want."

    Those were the words of Carlos Minc, Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, in response to Chevron’s oil spill off the Atlantic coast of Brazil.

    Anyone familiar with the ongoing battle to bring Chevron to justice in Ecuador knows that the company will do everything it can to protect its profits even at the expense of the planet and human health. Write to Brazilian officials now and urge them to hold Chevron accountable for every lost drop of oil it spilled into the Atlantic Ocean in its reckless pursuit of profits.

    Send your message to Izabella Teixeira, Minister of the Environment; Curt Trennepohl, president of Ibama (the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment’s enforcement agency); and Carlos Minc below.

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    Post your message to the 1%ers below, and it will get posted on the OccupytheBoardRoom.org website. We'll take all those messages and deliver them directly to more than 100 of the CEOS and board members at the top financial institutions in the world the very same people who wrecked our economy and our environment, then gave themselves fat bonuses. They REALLY need to hear from you right now.

  • Cargill: Stop Importing Social Conflict and Rainforest Destruction

    Cargill landThe expansion of palm oil plantations into rainforests and customary Indigenous lands throughout SE Asia is causing widespread social conflict and deforestation – and Cargill has no way to ensure consumers that the palm oil it purchases and distributes is not feeding this urgent crisis.

    Please take action today to demand that Cargill adopt basic social and environmental safeguards that ensure transparency and accountability in its supply chains.

  • Rupert Murdoch and Rainforests

    Wild ThingsRupert Murdoch can’t seem to escape scandal these days. His company HarperCollins is caught in the middle of a controversy surrounding the rapid deforestation of Indonesian rainforests. HarperCollins is refusing to cut its ties to infamous rainforest destroyers APP and APRIL and remove rainforest destriuction from its children’s books.

    Demand Rupert Murdoch’s publishing company HarperCollins make its kid's books rainforest-safe.

  • Cut Off Coal’s Cashflow

    The biggest financier of coal in the United States is Bank of America. BofA provided over $3.9 billion in financing to the coal industry in 2010 despite the fact that coal is responsible for polluting our air, damaging our climate, and seriously threatening our health.

    Tell Bank of America's CEO Brian Moynihan that BofA should lead the banking industry in phasing out all support for coal, and phasing in America’s clean energy economy.

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  • Stop Coal's Train of Destruction

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    Handful of coalBank of America is the biggest bank in the United States and the biggest underwriter of the coal industry—bankrolling coal mining, infrastructure investments and coal plants around the country. While Bank of America claims to support environmental responsibility, they continue to lead investments in coal, one of the biggest threats to public health and climate stability.  Bank of America is ready, willing and able to finance dirty coal ports on the West Coast of the U.S.

    A successfully completed "coal export terminal" means 10 open-top trains a day will spread toxic coal dust in communities living along the rail line, beautiful Pacific Northwest ecosystems will be threatened, and vulnerable communities in Asia—as well as the global climate—will be heavily impacted by the emissions of America's dirtiest fossil fuel.

    Demand that Bank of America stop perpetuating 19th-century technologies and fund clean, renewable energy technologies instead.

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  • President Obama: ban new oil pipelines!

    Oily YellowstoneWe don't need new oil pipelines when the ones we already have are a risk to communities and the climate.

    Please take action today to tell President Obama to ban new oil pipelines.

  • APP and APRIL: Stop Destroying Indonesia's Rainforests

    Join us to demand that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) and APRIL, Indonesia's biggest pulp and paper companies, stop destroying Indonesia's precious rainforests, abusing forest peoples' rights and fueling climate change.

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  • Cargill: Keep Slave Labor Out of America’s Food Supply

    Cargill and Slave LaborCargill purchases palm oil that is likely to come from plantations using slave or child labor in places such as Indonesia and Malaysia. Cargill controls roughly 25% of the global palm oil supply which they then distribute to companies that use it as an addititive in hundreds of popular American brands.


    Please take action today. Demand that Cargill adopt safeguards to prevent these terrible human rights violations from entering our food.

  • Stand with Indigenous Peoples in Borneo Reclaiming their Stolen Lands

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    Long Teran Community

    Please stand in solidarity with the Indigenous community of Long Teran Kanan, who peacefully reclaimed a portion of their ancestral lands from palm oil giant IOI Group last March.

    A Malaysian court ruled in March 2010 that the community members of Long Teran Kanan were the rightful native customary landholders for the plots in question. IOI refused to recognize the court decision and continued to harvest palm oil from the land. The people of Long Teran Kanan then established a peaceful blockade, reoccupying the land for more than a week.

    Please join us in calling on IOI Group to respect the native customary rights of the Long Teran Kanan community.

  • Cargill: Don’t Push Orangutans to Extinction

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    Please join us in telling Cargill CEO Gregory Page that you don’t want rainforest destruction in your shopping cart.

    Rainforests that are home to endangered orangutans are being cut down to plant palm oil. Roughly half of packaged foods sold in the grocery store now contain palm oil.

    Cargill—the largest importer of palm oil into the United States—does not have standards that prevent controversial palm oil from being used in the products you and I buy every time we visit the supermarket.

    Please join us in telling Cargill CEO Gregory Page that you don’t want rainforest destruction in your shopping cart. Without our help orangutans are at serious risk of going extinct.

  • Tell Chevron CEO: Clean up Ecuador now

    Chevron is guiltyAfter an 18-year struggle, the Indigenous and rural Ecuadoreans suing Chevron to force the company to clean up its oil contamination in the Amazon have prevailed. In a historic ruling, the court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador found Chevron guilty and ordered the company to pay $8 billion to clean up its oily mess. Chevron of course immediately fired off a statement claiming that the judgment was fraudulent and the company would appeal the decision. Enough is enough. Some 30,000 Ecuadoreans remain at risk while Chevron tries every legal maneuver and dirty trick it can find.

    Write to CEO John Watson and tell him it's time for Chevron to take responsibility for its oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

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  • Stop the Heavy Haul!

    All Against the Haul Last month, Idaho regulators cleared the way for an unprecedented corporate takeover of the Nation's scenic roadways.

    Exxon and other corporations are planning a permanent route for hauling massive oil refinery components manufactured in Korea from Northern Idaho to the Alberta tar sands.

    Approving these plans will deepen America's addiction to dirty oil and spoil one of America's "last best places."

    Tell Idaho regulators not to hand over our roadways to Exxon and other big oil companies.

  • Protect Utah’s Canyonlands from Tar Sands

    The Alberta tar sands are wreaking havoc on Canada's environment and the global climate. Now Utah's Division of Oil, Gas & Mining has approved the first ever tar sands mine in the United States directly adjacent to Canyonlands National Park.

    Don’t let the tar sands become America’s problem, too. Write Jim Baza

    Video from our friends at Western Resource Advocates.

    Take Action

    Send an email to Director of Utah's Division of Oil Gas and Mining John Baza to demand protection of our National Parks from greedy oil companies.

  • I Love Books and Rainforests

    Help us tell America's publishing industry that books must not contribute to rainforest destruction. Sign our petition today.