Posts By Becky Tarbotton

Becky Tarbotton - who has written 56 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Rebecca Tarbotton led RAN as its Executive Director from 2009 to 2012. Under her leadership, RAN achieved tremendous victories in preserving endangered rainforests and the rights of their indigenous inhabitants. In 2012, Rebecca helped to architect the most significant agreement in the history of the organization: a landmark policy by entertainment giant, Disney, that is set to transform everything about the way the company purchases and uses paper. Before becoming Executive Director, Rebecca served as the Global Finance Campaign Director where she was responsible for guiding the team to successfully pressure the biggest banks in the US to adopt groundbreaking policies limiting finance to coal-fired power plants and mountaintop removal mining. Prior to RAN, Rebecca had over ten years of experience in non-profit grassroots campaigning and advocacy.

Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

By Becky Tarbotton, November 2 2012

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Big Questions Remain after Palm Oil Summit

After two days at the tenth annual meeting of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), I had just about given up on hearing anything controversial. The RSPO is a multi-stakeholder group and process that aims to, in its own words, “transform the palm oil sector” by establishing a certification for palm oil that is [...]

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Victory for Forests: Disney Changes Sourcing On All Its Paper Products, Takes a Stand for Endangered Forests and Animals

By Becky Tarbotton, October 11 2012

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Victory for Forests: Disney Changes Sourcing On All Its Paper Products, Takes a Stand for Endangered Forests and Animals

Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there’s no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day. This entertainment giant, which is the world’s biggest publisher of children’s books and magazines, has adopted what may be one of the most [...]

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RAN Executive Director on the Connections Between Forests and Climate Change

By Becky Tarbotton, August 22 2012

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RAN Executive Director on the Connections Between Forests and Climate Change

It has been an extreme summer. Droughts. Wildfires. Crop failures. Heat waves. Melting ice caps. We’ve seen these words so much this summer you may not feel any shock at the sight of them now. It is clear that we are no longer talking about climate change as a fearful phenomenon in the future; we [...]

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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 2: Ecuador

By Becky Tarbotton, May 23 2012

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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 2: Ecuador

This has been one of the worst years ever for Chevron. From it’s ongoing massive legal losses in Ecuador, to offshore disasters in Brazil and Nigeria, to the tragic deaths of its employees in several locations, including right here in California. This is the second in a series of statements we’re posting as we prepare [...]

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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 1: Kazakhstan

By Becky Tarbotton, May 22 2012

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Chevron’s Worst Year Ever, Episode 1: Kazakhstan

This post originally appeared on City Brights. This has been one of the worst years ever for Chevron. From it’s ongoing massive legal losses in Ecuador, to offshore disasters in Brazil and Nigeria, to the tragic deaths of its employees in several locations, including right here in California. As we prepare for a week of [...]

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Top 10 Dirty Corporate Tax Dodgers of 2011

By Becky Tarbotton, April 9 2012

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Top 10 Dirty Corporate Tax Dodgers of 2011

Two weeks ago it was announced that the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world sparking furious debate from Fox News types concerned about corporate well being. At RAN, we decided to dig a little deeper to see whether the corporate tax rate really is unfairly penalizing multi billion dollar corporations. Our [...]

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Keystone XL Rejected: Thank You President Obama

By Becky Tarbotton, January 18 2012

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Keystone XL Rejected: Thank You President Obama

President Obama has just rejected the Keystone XL pipeline! This puts a halt to current plans for a massive 1700-mile pipeline that would have allowed some of the world’s dirtiest oil to travel from Canada’s tar sands through America’s heartland — jeopardizing our water, our air and our climate. Six months ago the pipeline project [...]

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Top Five Ways to Change the World in 2012

By Becky Tarbotton, January 11 2012

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Top Five Ways to Change the World in 2012

2011 saw more people power than I could have dared to hope. Last New Year’s Eve, who could have predicted that the protests in Tunisia, just then making the news, would lead to the ousting of its president of 23 years not two weeks later; that this would inspire citizens throughout the Arab World to [...]

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Dismantling Corporate Power: A Call to Action on the Anniversary of Citizens United

By Becky Tarbotton, December 14 2011

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Dismantling Corporate Power: A Call to Action on the Anniversary of Citizens United

The anniversary of the Citizens United ruling this January 21 promises to be monumental. For all of us working day and night on behalf of people and the environment, January 21, 2012 marks two years to the day since the advent of one of the most egregious ‘rules of the game’ weighting our economy and [...]

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Why Rainforest Action Network Stands With The Occupy Movement

By Becky Tarbotton, November 1 2011

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Why Rainforest Action Network Stands With The Occupy Movement

Rainforest Action Network believes the social, economic, and environmental crises sweeping the planet are inter-related symptoms born of the same root causes. Put simply, unchecked corporate power is dangerous and destructive to both people and the planet. Mother Earth is as much a member of the 99% as any one of us.

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