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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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As we reflect on the past year, one thing seems very clear: we couldn’t be doing environmental and social justice work at a more terrifying or more potent time.

As you know, at RAN we are fighting for the big things. We are working for a world where corporate accountability is business-as-usual. Where our food system and our paper products are not derived from the destruction of rainforests and Indigenous communities. Where our financial system supports an economy that is just and does not bankroll industries, like coal, that are poisoning communities and our climate.

A revolutionary moment can spark a fire, a movement, if it is ready to ignite. Thank you for joining us in being a part of that spark.

Table of Contents

    1. Keystone XL Victory
    2. Top 20 Climate Killer Banks
    3. Hold Chevron Responsible for Environmental Crimes in Brazil
    4. RAN at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
    5. Exposing Rainforest Destroyer Asia Pulp & Paper
    6. Give the gift of Rainforest Action Network this holiday season

Keystone XL Victory

Keystone XL VictoryIt looks like we've dealt a critical, perhaps fatal, blow to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Last month, the cards collapsed for TransCanada, the corporate giant behind the proposed 1700-mile pipeline that would have run from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, when the U.S. State Department announced that the proposed route for the pipeline was being scrapped. Citing the outcry from every sector of society, President Obama confirmed that he is sending the project back to the drawing board for further review.

While there is still much more to accomplish, there is much to celebrate. Thank you for spreading the word, for taking strong action, for donating to keep this campaign going. We did it together.

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Top 20 Climate Killer Banks

Bankrolling Climate ChangeThis month, RAN’s Energy and Finance program worked with a global network of civil society organizations called BankTrack to release a new report, “Bankrolling Climate Change,” calling out the top 20 banks that are financing the coal industry.

The top three “climate killers” will not come as much of a surprise: JP Morgan Chase, Citi, and none other than Bank of America top the list with $22 billion, $18.27 billion, and $16.79 billion invested in coal since 2005, respectively. Don’t let BoA destroy the climate in your name or your friends’ names — stop doing business with BoA and spread the word about our ‘Not One More Dollar for Coal’ campaign.

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Hold Chevron Responsible for Environmental Crimes in Brazil

Chevron's Brazil oil spill“We’re going to show this gang that they can’t come here and create whatever environmental mess they want. I want to see the CEO of Chevron swim in that oil.”

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 last month.

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 spilled into the Atlantic Ocean in its reckless pursuit of profits.

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Exposing Rainforest Destroyer Asia Pulp & Paper (APP)

Girl Scouts headshotAs RAN continues our negotiations with The Walt Disney Company to secure a comprehensive paper policy to exclude rainforest destruction from its products, we are also keeping our eyes on the long-term prize: reforming logging giant and rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Many major corporate customers have dropped their contracts with APP, but the rainforest destroyer continues to develop ever-more Orwellian PR schemes to mislead the public. RAN is counting on your help to hold APP accountable.

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RAN at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Gulf VisitAs the crisis surrounding palm oil production reaches a fever pitch in Southeast Asia, RAN dispatched a delegation to attend the 9th Annual Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meeting in Malaysia. RAN campaigners were there to pressure companies, like Cargill, to adopt stronger safeguards to prevent deforestation from palm oil, and to lobby to strengthen the standards of the RSPO.

The ability of the RSPO to credibly certify that palm oil is free of slavery, land disputes with Indigenous peoples and the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests has major implications for communities and ecosystems.

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Give the gift of Rainforest Action Network this holiday season

Give the gift of RANThis holiday season, give a gift that gives back to the environment. Make a world of difference for you, your loved ones and communities around the world by giving the gift of Rainforest Action Network.

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