Less stuff, more orangutans


 

Give the gift of RAN.
It’s so easy to give something meaningful.

Forget Black Friday. It’s Non-Profit Tuesday! (No, we didn’t make that up.)

The holidays are coming up soon, and you’re probably starting to look for gifts for your loved ones. But—going out on a limb here—I’m willing to bet you don’t want to give a bunch of useless stuff to your friends and family. That’s why we’re excited to offer a variety of gifts that will make a world of difference without crowding our world with more disposable junk.

A Certificate of Action from RAN isn’t stuff—it’s a unique way to support our work to protect rainforests around the world and the people and wildlife that depend on them. You’ll be giving a meaningful gift to a loved one while at the same time doing something good for the planet.

Action Packed Gifts for 2012
Help An Orangutan Found only in Malaysia and Indonesia, man’s closest relative is being threatened by rapid loss of rainforest habitat. Your gift will support efforts to stop the devastating expansion of paper and palm oil plantations into Indonesia’s tropical forests, saving the lush wild places that orangutans call home. Give this Gift
Support a Community Your gift directly supports the grassroots efforts of historically underfunded organizations and communities struggling to protect their rainforest homelands—known to be the best guardians of the forest. Help ensure that small local organizations and Indigenous federations across the globe are supported in their efforts to protect the world’s remaining rainforests for many generations to come. Give This Gift
Save the Tiny Tigers There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild and habitat destruction by the pulp and paper industry is a primary cause of their decline. Your gift will support RAN’s campaign to stop the conversion of Indonesia’s stunning and diverse rainforests into a wasteland of single species pulp plantations to make cheap copy paper, books, tissue and toilet paper. Give This Gift
Stand for Human Rights The biggest banks are threatening to take us to the edge of an ecological catastrophe if they don’t stop funding coal, the primary driver of climate change. Coal is responsible for 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and poisons the world’s streams, rivers and oceans with mercury, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals. It’s long past time that U.S. banks start funding a renewable energy economy. Give This Gift

Celebrate the holiday spirit this year by giving a gift that makes a world of difference. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Scott Kocino

For the rainforests,

Scott Kocino
Membership Manager

P.S. These creative gifts make it easier than ever to support RAN’s work for the environment.

Will the EPA Choose Political Influence over Science?


Rainforest Action Network
 
Tell Obama’s EPA not to cave to industry pressure on palm oil and climate change.
EPA Science
Take Action

The EPA recently confirmed that the destruction of rainforests for palm oil is having a devastating impact on our climate. In fact, this deforestation, in large part for palm oil plantations, has led Indonesia to become the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, just behind China and the United States.

These severe climate and forest impacts should ensure that palm-oil based biofuels stay out of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that American motorists use 36 billion gallons of biofuel in their cars and trucks by 2022. But not if the powerful palm oil lobby has anything to do with it. A massive lobby effort led by palm oil companies Cargill and Wilmar is being waged to persuade the EPA to overturn its own climate science on palm oil.

Tell Obama’s EPA not to cave to industry pressure on palm oil and climate change.

Palm oil companies know this is jeopardizing news to their multi-billion dollar industry. In the United States, the EPA’s decision could also determine to what extent the U.S. becomes a major palm oil buyer. Consumption of palm oil in the United States is growing at a much faster rate than anywhere else in the world–making sense that industry reps from Indonesia and Malaysia are concerned about protecting palm oil’s reputation here.

The palm oil industry will do whatever it takes to maximize profits at the expense of destruction of the forest, species, and communities of Indonesia and Malaysia–where 85% of the world’s palm oil is cultivated.

Please urge the EPA to adhere to its own scientific findings over listening to palm oil industry giants such as Cargill and Wilmar.

Ashley Schaeffer

For the forests,

Ashley Schaeffer
Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner

Will the EPA Choose Political Influence over Science?


Rainforest Action Network
 
Tell Obama’s EPA not to cave to industry pressure on palm oil and climate change.
EPA Science
Take Action

The EPA recently confirmed that the destruction of rainforests for palm oil is having a devastating impact on our climate. In fact, this deforestation, in large part for palm oil plantations, has led Indonesia to become the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, just behind China and the United States.

These severe climate and forest impacts should ensure that palm-oil based biofuels stay out of the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that American motorists use 36 billion gallons of biofuel in their cars and trucks by 2022. But not if the powerful palm oil lobby has anything to do with it. A massive lobby effort led by palm oil companies Cargill and Wilmar is being waged to persuade the EPA to overturn its own climate science on palm oil.

Tell Obama’s EPA not to cave to industry pressure on palm oil and climate change.

Palm oil companies know this is jeopardizing news to their multi-billion dollar industry. In the United States, the EPA’s decision could also determine to what extent the U.S. becomes a major palm oil buyer. Consumption of palm oil in the United States is growing at a much faster rate than anywhere else in the world–making sense that industry reps from Indonesia and Malaysia are concerned about protecting palm oil’s reputation here.

The palm oil industry will do whatever it takes to maximize profits at the expense of destruction of the forest, species, and communities of Indonesia and Malaysia–where 85% of the world’s palm oil is cultivated.

Please urge the EPA to adhere to its own scientific findings over listening to palm oil industry giants such as Cargill and Wilmar.

Ashley Schaeffer

For the forests,

Ashley Schaeffer
Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner

Are you connected to rainforest destruction? …Ashley Schaeffer, Rainforest Action Network


Until recently, very few consumers had even heard of palm oil—much less understood that the expansion of palm oil plantations is one of the biggest causes of rainforest destruction in the world today.

Most people still have no idea that rainforest destroying palm oil is in roughly 50% of packaged goods sold on grocery store shelves.

Please share the infographic below to spread awareness about the problem with palm oil and help build public demand for sustainable options.

Awareness is the first crucial step to building necessary pressure on corporations like Cargill that will transform how business gets done in the palm oil industry and the fate of Indonesia’s rainforests.

Share RAN’s new palm oil infographic with everyone you know.   Email it, blog it, tweet it, Facebook it!

Thank you for empowering the people in your life with the knowledge they need to protect the world’s forests.

For the forests,

Ashley Schaeffer
Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner
Twitter: @probwithpalmoil

 

RAN – Rainforest Action Network


feature picture:Amazon RainForest the largest tropical forest in the World

Whether you eat up pop culture like candy, or poo-poo it like Queen Elizabeth would a Pop Tart, you just can’t avoid the pomp and circumstance of the annual Academy Awards. Even at RAN, fingers are crossed on the 27th…for Gasland, of course.

Ahhh, if only sticking it to corporate polluters were as popular as Natalie Portman and Colin Firth, our work spreading the news would be sooooo much easier. Great idea! In the spirit of the recent Oscar nominations, we’ve picked our season’s top cause “celebs.” And the nominees are…

Table of Contents

The Social Network: Take ACTION https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view=bsp&ver=ohhl4rw8mbn4#12de693a46ec3d4c_1

The Fighter: Take ACTION http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=oD7adFmBk02vh831O%2BQjycYmkZ68nsrV

The Kids Are Not Alright: Take ACTION http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3iiOh9LkexzyFSxKnieyE3KuenK5JITL

Waste Land: Take ACTION http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Lii2pLXBa3hpmzkjQjG71XKuenK5JITL

Killing in the Name of Palm Oil: Take ACTION http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=baNCEBrKeSgBuEO0LywaNHKuenK5JITL

True Grit: Learn MORE  http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=UbGxV74Tgfk4mBUUc4yg4HKuenK5JITL

The Social Network: Take ACTION http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=HQeWL80kdouDXhrQQOuybMYmkZ68nsrV

February brings not only the Oscars, but also, love it or hate it people—Valentine’s Day. Ready to spread the love? Hug RAN’s Facebook page! (I mean, “Like” it.) And then if you’re really feelin’ frisky, you can Like: http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=LsmIxJ%2Blareth11QbYSfa3KuenK5JITL

We Love Indonesia‘s Rainforests: http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=YTlT0kR%2BKdIW7PMLVk8vT3KuenK5JITL

Ending Investment in the Tar Sands: http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=qpZozWm5wFceIdNamdPPvXKuenK5JITL

Change Chevron: http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=JaOm6niSv9JdV6TIpp6vvMYmkZ68nsrV

The Fighter

The EPA has finally vetoed the permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine–one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed in Appalachia which was slated to destroy over 2,000 acres of temperate rainforest and bury more than seven miles of streams. With your help, RAN and allies pressured the EPA to veto Spruce in every way we could, from writing letters to the editor to dumping half a ton of Appalachian earth on the EPA’s front lawn. Looks like it all paid off.

The Kids Are Not Alright -Where are the wild things

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=7U6vWALKFjTb73YyKsDBkXKuenK5JITL

In good news for Indonesia’s rainforests, seven major children’s book publishers have committed to removing controversial rainforest fiber from their books. Unfortunately, two major publishers have failed to sever their links to the destruction of Indonesian rainforests—Disney Publishing and HarperCollins. Tell these companies that it’s time to green their business and make sure books aren’t helping to destroy endangered forests.

Waste Land

Regulators have just cleared the way for massively oversized oil refinery equipment to be hauled through some of America’s most beautiful and remote wilderness up to the stripmined wasteland known as the Alberta tar sands. Support local Idaho residents who want to keep these dangerous loads off their roads and out of their wildlife corridors.

Killing in the Name of Palm Oil

The land grab crisis in Indonesia is getting worse—with tragic consequences. Six unarmed farmers were recently shot while harvesting palm oil fruit on their land. The farmers reportedly had an ongoing conflict with a subsidiary of infamous rainforest-destroyer Sinar Mas, when they were attacked by the Indonesian National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob). You can do something about it.

True Grit

The Amazonian plaintiffs have submitted the first round of final arguments to the court in Ecuador, citing overwhelming scientific evidence of Chevron’s guilt in the pollution of the Amazon rainforest and the impacts of that toxic pollution on human health and the environment. Ironically, much of the evidence against Chevron comes from Chevron’s own records.