Monday, 28 November 2016

Rainforest Action Network

The Rainforest Action Network is fighting on a number of fronts to defend wildlife, the environment, and human rights, even when it brings them into conflict with some of the biggest corporations in the world. Here are a few of their current campaigns:

Conflict Palm Oil
Conflict Palm Oil is found in roughly 50% of packaged foods sold in your local grocery store and stores across the globe. But most people don’t know about the devastation caused by its production. Across the globe, the production of Conflict Palm Oil drives deforestation, child labour, human trafficking, and is pushing species like the orangutan to the brink of extinction.
We need to demand that the world’s biggest snack food manufacturers — like PepsiCo — eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. You can help.

(Some of CIN's coverage: Say no to palm oil; Primary Rainforest Cleared For Massive Palm Oil Plantations In Peru)

Fracked Gas Terminals
Fracked gas has often been called a “bridge fuel” to a cleaner energy economy — but it’s a bridge to nowhere. Exporting fracked gas is actually worse than coal for our environment. Liquified natural gas (LNG) must be compressed and piped to the coast, then purified and frozen into a liquid at a fracked gas terminal. For example, the climate impacts of this from three proposed terminals in the Rio Grande Valley would equal the annual emissions of 63 coal power plants They would pour harmful pollutants into the air and pollute waterways. This is not the energy of the future. Help tell banks to stop funding these disastrous projects.

(Some of CIN's coverage: Change Your Energy Supplier To A More Ethical One - Easy!)
Forests and Finance

RAN follow problems to the source — and that often means banks and the financial institutions bankrolling forest destruction and climate change. is a new, first-of-its-kind site that reveals the connections between some of the biggest banks in the world and the environmental damage for which they should be held responsible. You can watch a video explaining this project, track the connections of more than 100 banks, and sign up for more action alerts at

(Some of CIN's coverage: The Colour of Money; Move Your Money; Ethical banking)

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