Posts By Adrian Wilson

Adrian - who has written 22 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.


Police Beat NGO Delegates Trying to Join Protest Outside Copenhagen Talks

By Adrian, December 16 2009

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Police Beat NGO Delegates Trying to Join Protest Outside Copenhagen Talks

Today, 100 delegates from the Copenhagen climate talks – mostly from NGOs, but led by two members of the Bolivian government delegation, and with dozens of members of organizations from the Global South and Indigenous groups – marched out of the Copenhagen climate talks and tried to join the People’s Assembly at the Reclaim Power [...]

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Copenhagen: Climate Justice for the Poor, or Backroom Deals by the Rich?

By Adrian, December 9 2009

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Copenhagen: Climate Justice for the Poor, or Backroom Deals by the Rich?

Written by Jennifer Krill and Adrian Wilson. Cross-posted from It’s Getting Hot in Here. Whispers in the hallways at the COP-15 Copenhagen climate negotiations emerged as a full blown controversy yesterday, when the UK Guardian published leaked text that was written by a secret group of negotiators, the so-called ‘Circle of Commitment’.  The U.S., UK, Denmark [...]

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RAN Toronto Publicly Shames RBC CEO Gordon Nixon

By Adrian, November 12 2009

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RAN Toronto Publicly Shames RBC CEO Gordon Nixon

Written by Dave Vasey from RAN Toronto. On Tuesday, RAN activists disrupted a speech by Gordon Nixon, president of RBC at Ryerson University. Nixon was speaking as part of a business conference on Canadian Manufacturing. RAN activists interrupted the speech four times with banners and comments, as well as once during the question and answer [...]

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Canadian Youth Confront Parliament as PowerShift Wraps Up

By Adrian, October 27 2009

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Canadian Youth Confront Parliament as PowerShift Wraps Up

Written by Maryam Adrangi and Eriel Tchekwie Deranger. A group of Canadian climate change activists – including RAN campaigner Eriel Deranger, and numerous members of RAN Toronto – caused a ruckus in Canada’s Parliament yesterday. In doing so, they brought their demands for bold action on climate change directly to the country’s leaders – and [...]

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Die-In at Royal Bank of Canada Includes 100 Protesters Who Oppose the Bank’s Involvement In the Tar Sands

By Adrian, October 26 2009

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Die-In at Royal Bank of Canada Includes 100 Protesters Who Oppose the Bank’s Involvement In the Tar Sands

Cross-posted from It’s Getting Hot in Here. Written by Maryam Adrangi from RAN Toronto. This weekend in Ottawa, 100 concerned citizens staged mock deaths at the Royal Bank of Canada, accompanied by chanting and chalk outlines. Following a weekend of activity at Powershift Canada, the action called attention to RBC’s role as the lead financier of tar [...]

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Three Actions Across Canada Launch Campaign Against RBC’s Olympic-Sized Greenwashing

By Adrian, October 19 2009

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Three Actions Across Canada Launch Campaign Against RBC’s Olympic-Sized Greenwashing

So I really like the Winter Olympics – they really put the Summer Olympics to shame. Hockey, luge, figure skating, bobsledding, downhill skiing… and even that sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting! (Whose idea was that??) But this year, a wide variety of activists, in B.C. and beyond, are reminding us that the [...]

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Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Rainforests

By Adrian, October 5 2009

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Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Rainforests

October 12-18 is World Rainforest Week. Every year, we take this opportunity to highlight rainforest destruction around the world – and what we are doing to stop it. And RAN is indeed doing great work to stop rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia (in fact, we just put out a really cool report that [...]

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RAN Toronto Crashes RBC’s Unveiling of New Headquarters

By Adrian, October 2 2009

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RAN Toronto Crashes RBC’s Unveiling of New Headquarters

Today, Royal Bank of Canada held a fancy reception for journalists at their new headquarters, the 43-story, $400 million RBC Centre. RBC was practically bursting at the seams with pride at having achieved LEED Gold environmental certification for this new building – and was eager to share their excitement with environmental and business journalists. So [...]

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Tar Sands Fighters to U.S. News Media: WAKE UP!

By Adrian, September 10 2009

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Tar Sands Fighters to U.S. News Media: WAKE UP!

Over the past decade, as oil prices have risen ever higher, oil companies have begun a massive – and massively destructive – project of tearing Canada’s boreal forest to pieces, in order to get at a layer of sand that contains 10% oil. To get the oil out, they need three barrels of natural gas [...]

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What do you do when RBC’s lawyers threaten to sue you?

By Adrian, August 28 2009

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What do you do when RBC’s lawyers threaten to sue you?

Several weeks ago – while we were busy organizing a banner hang at the headquarters of Royal Bank of Canada, the world’s biggest funder of the tar sands – a senior lawyer from RBC faxed us a very polite letter, letting us know that if we didn’t stop using their corporate logo in our campaign [...]

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