Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is headquarted in San Francisco, California with offices staff in Tokyo, Japan, and Edmonton, Canada, plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens around the world. We believe that a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children.  

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, January 20, 2011
New Report Finds Bank Carbon Principles Did Not Curb Financing of Coal
Today Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released The Principle Matter: Banks, Climate & The Carbon Principles , a new report assessing the impact of the much-lauded 2008 Carbon Principles signed by six of the country's leading banks. In reviewing bank investment from January 2008 to June of 2010, the report found that there is no evidence that the Carbon Principles stopped or slowed financing to carbon-intensive projects. In addition, the report found that there is no evidence that the Carbon Principles spurred investment in clean energy in greater levels.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Make Black Friday Green by Keeping the Trees in Mind This Year
In time for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) wants to help consumers make better choices about the books they buy this holiday season.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Activists Drop Banner on Grain Exchange Skyway to Call out Cargill
Five activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) hung billboard sized banners off of a 3rd Street South skyway (between 4th and 5th Ave South) during morning rush hour today, protesting Cargill’s continuing refusal to address its role in the destruction of some of the world’s last remaining rainforests. Reading: “Cargill: #1 Supplier of Rainforest Destruction,” the banners were clearly visible from Cargill’s downtown office in the Grain Exchange.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
General Mills Moves Away From Rainforest Destruction
America’s favorite food company, General Mills (GIS), is taking a crucial step to protect rainforests today, with the release of a new palm oil policy that limits the company’s exposure to an increasingly controversial commodity. The company’s new policy, along with previous actions to move away from problematic suppliers like Sinar Mas Group, puts them in the front of efforts by the U.S. food sector to address deforestation resulting from palm oil.
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Activists Stage Creative Demonstration at EPA Headquarters: Call for Agency to Veto Controversial Spruce Mine Permit
Today, activists with the Rainforest Action Network staged a creative demonstration at the EPA headquarters to compel the agency to veto the 2,278-acre Spruce mountaintop mine project in Blair, W.Va. In an effort to demonstrate the impact of the Spruce mine—the largest mountaintop mine project ever proposed—activists dumped 1,000 pounds of earth and rubble brought from Appalachia on to the EPA’s lawn.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Wall Street Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Within the last two years, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo along with Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley have successively passed public policies limiting their financial relationships with coal operators that practice mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. These banks were the lead financiers of the practice prior to their policy shifts. Last month, Wells Fargo became the fourth top US bank to adopt a position limiting MTR financing.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Rainforest Action Network Welcomes Cargill’s Palm Oil Announcement
Today, major palm oil trader Cargill announced a new agreement to provide Unilever with palm oil that is certified as segregated "at every step of the supply chain." Both Unilever and Cargill are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Activists Send Message to Massey CEO Don Blankenship at the National Press Club: 'Your Coal Is Not Clean, Safe or Forever.'
Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) attended Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's National Press Club speaking event. RAN was there to call attention to Massey's repeated mine safety violations, including the April 5 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in which 29 miners tragically died, as well as the company's lead role in mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). Blankenship has gained quite a reputation for his company's mine safety violations as well as his indifference to environmental protection and climate change.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Activists Stage Creative Sit-In at EPA Headquarters to Call for Stronger Action on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Today, activists with the Rainforest Action Network staged a sit-in at the EPA headquarters to demand stronger protection for Appalachia's drinking water and an end to the devastating practice of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Oil Lobbyists and Lawyers Crowd out Public in Today’s Oil Hearing
At 5:00am this morning over 40 youth and concerned citizens queued up in front of the Rayburn building and waited more than four hours to attend Rep. Chairman Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) hearing in his House Energy and Environment Subcommittee to discuss offshore oil drilling safety and U.S. energy policy. When the doors opened at 9:20am, however, it was the oil lawyers and lobbyists that took the seats. There was only space for four out of the 40 members of the public who waited to be let in.
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