Posts By Chelsea Matthews

Chelsea Matthews - who has written 10 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Chelsea is the Forest Program Coordinator at Rainforest Action Network where she supports two campaigns fighting the top two drivers of deforestation in Indonesia: expansion of industrial palm oil and logging by the pulp & paper industry. Chelsea first got involved in the environmental non-profit realm while working on a food sovereignty campaign in Ecuador. Before coming to RAN in 2011, Chelsea spent time leading a youth leadership and community development project in Peru. Chelsea holds a degree in International Studies with an emphasis on environment and development.

Warning to Banks: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

By Chelsea Matthews, November 14 2012

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Warning to Banks: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

Last week, RAN joined sixty environmental and social organizations, including a dozen Indonesian groups, in signing an open letter to banks and other financial institutions across the globe warning them to avoid investments in pulp and paper industry projects associated with deforestation and human right abuses in Indonesia. The letter highlights concern with companies associated [...]

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Good News for Species on the Brink of Extinction in Tripa

By Chelsea Matthews, September 12 2012

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Good News for Species on the Brink of Extinction in Tripa

UPDATE, 9.26.12:  BREAKING: Within the next 24 hours, Kallista Alam, 1 of the 5 major palm oil companies operating in Tripa, will have their operating permit WITHDRAWN. This is a highly important precedent-setting case, as this is the first in Aceh’s (Sumatra, Indonesia) entire governmental history. RAN members like you have helped to keep the [...]

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Cargill Admits Buying Palm Oil from Illegally Cleared Orangutan Habitat

By Chelsea Matthews, July 20 2012

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Cargill Admits Buying Palm Oil from Illegally Cleared Orangutan Habitat

Last week, Cargill admitted to doing business with a very dodgy plantation company in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) that has illegally cleared thousands of hectares of orangutan habitat — and has even allegedly hired people to hunt down and kill orangutans. Cargill admitted to Reuters that it bought at least one shipment of palm oil [...]

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Tragedy in Tripa: Cargill Can Make a Difference

By Chelsea Matthews, April 10 2012

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Tragedy in Tripa: Cargill Can Make a Difference

Last week hundreds of fires blazed through the Tripa peat forest of Indonesia, threatening the survival of one of the largest remaining populations of wild Sumatran orangutans in the world. These fires rapidly got out of control after they were intentionally started by profit-hungry palm oil companies in order to clear rainforest for palm oil [...]

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Update: Indonesian Court Fails to Protect Critical Orangutan Stronghold

By Chelsea Matthews, April 3 2012

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Update: Indonesian Court Fails to Protect Critical Orangutan Stronghold

It’s a sad day today for the few remaining, critically endangered orangutans of Sumatra. In a much anticipated court ruling in the high-stakes case filed against palm oil plantation company PT Kallista Alam and the governor of the Province of Aceh for illegally draining and clearing the internationally renowned Tripa Peat Forest, the judges have [...]

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A 48 Hour Twitter Jam to Save Tripa

By Chelsea Matthews, April 2 2012

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A 48 Hour Twitter Jam to Save Tripa

This blog comes from our friends at End of the Icons. In an amazing global response to the tragedy in Tripa, thousands of people all around the world have emailed the President of Indonesia and key stakeholders calling for the law to be enforced and this precious peatland to be saved. We are happy to [...]

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Raging Fires in Indonesia Displacing Communities and Pushing Orangutans to Edge of Extinction

By Chelsea Matthews, March 30 2012

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Raging Fires in Indonesia Displacing Communities and Pushing Orangutans to Edge of Extinction

A global tragedy is unfolding in Indonesia this week as fires rage through Tripa Swamp, displacing local communities and threatening hundreds of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans. These fires, initially set by palm oil companies to clear land for more plantations, are pushing this population of orangutans to the edge of extinction. Conservation experts say the [...]

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Land Conflicts Spark Occupy-type Protests In Indonesia

By Chelsea Matthews, February 21 2012

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Land Conflicts Spark Occupy-type Protests In Indonesia

Here at Rainforest Action Network, I’m gearing up for the Occupy Our Food Supply global day of action on February 27th, 2012 and it reminded me of a story from Indonesia last month. On January 12, thousands of Indonesian farmers, workers, Indigenous community members, students, and people representing over 50 local non-profits flooded the streets [...]

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How To Occupy Cargill

By Chelsea Matthews, February 10 2012

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How To Occupy Cargill

Update: Occupy Cargill’s Phone Lines on #F27 If you can’t physically occupy a Cargill facility (see below), here is a quick and easy way to make a big difference just by picking up the phone. If you’d like to go into greater detail beyond the script, check out our new Cargill factsheet. 1) Call 1 [...]

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

By Chelsea Matthews, February 2 2012

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EPA Rejects Palm Oil: Good News for Indonesian Rainforests

Before I started doing environmental work, I’d assumed that biofuel use would have a positive effect on the climate. It turns out the truth about biofuels is much more complex than I’d originally thought. Not every biofuel on the market today has a positive impact on the environment, and some actually pose a major threat. [...]

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