Posts By Gemma Tillack

Gemma Tillack - who has written 11 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Gemma Tillack directs RAN’s Agribusiness campaign, which is addressing one of the main drivers of rainforest destruction in Indonesia: industrial palm oil. Prior to this position, Gemma worked for 10 years for The Wilderness Society in Australia, and played a key role in the campaigns that contributed to Gunns Limited’s decision to transition out of native forest logging in Tasmania. For the past two years Gemma has been involved in negotiations that lead to the signing of the $274 million Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement (TFIGA). Gemma has a background in environmental science and community organizing.

Coming Soon! Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil!

By Gemma Tillack, March 24 2014

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Coming Soon! Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil!

Thanks to your hard work and consumer pressure, the palm oil industry is on the move. Several of the Snack Food 20 companies we are targeting have already committed to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from their supply chain, or are in the process of doing so. But 5 of the biggest players are still dragging [...]

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Mars Steps Up!

By Gemma Tillack, March 10 2014

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Mars Steps Up!

We have great news—your actions are delivering REAL victories for rainforests. After nearly a year of negotiations, Mars has announced that it will only source palm oil from companies that are not destroying rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands or causing human rights abuses! Even better, Mars has set a deadline that its suppliers must meet to [...]

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Climate Culprits Exposed In New Scorecard

By Gemma Tillack, March 5 2014

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Climate Culprits Exposed In New Scorecard

We know that keeping forests standing, along with keeping fossil fuels in the ground, offers Earth’s best hope for fighting catastrophic climate change. Yet everyday rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are destroyed, burnt and replaced with row upon row of palm oil plantations. This destruction has propelled Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter of palm oil, into [...]

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BIG Palm Oil Players On The Move

By Gemma Tillack, February 20 2014

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BIG Palm Oil Players On The Move

Some of the best moments in life are the ones when you realize you are part of something BIG. Now is one of those times. With your support, RAN and our allies have made Conflict Palm Oil a front-burner issue for some of the world’s largest corporations—and there are clear signals that these companies are [...]

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Conflict Palm Oil Case Study – Cargill and Snack Food 20 At Risk!

By Gemma Tillack, October 31 2013

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Conflict Palm Oil Case Study – Cargill and Snack Food 20 At Risk!

[TRIGGER WARNING] This article documents rainforest destruction and incidents of orangutan fatalities in relation to the production of Conflict Palm Oil which is regularly used by Cargill and the Snack Food 20 companies. Pictures in this article and in the full report are disturbing. “Conflict Palm Oil” is now one of the leading causes of [...]

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The Power Is In Your Palm Tour Visits Kraft and Mondelēz Headquarters

By Gemma Tillack, September 16 2013

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The Power Is In Your Palm Tour Visits Kraft and Mondelēz Headquarters

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and an orangutan named Strawberry met with company officials at the headquarters of food giants Kraft Foods Group and Mondelēz International on Friday. These were the first company stops on The Power Is In Your Palm Tour, and they happened the day after we announced our new national campaign to remove [...]

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The Power Is In Your Palm

By Gemma Tillack, September 12 2013

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The Power Is In Your Palm

I’m excited to announce Rainforest Action Network’s ambitious new campaign to save some of the world’s most important rainforests and the last remaining wild orangutans from “Conflict Palm Oil.” It’s called The Last Stand of the Orangutan, and it’s one of the biggest campaigns we’ve ever launched. We’re going after not one, not two, but [...]

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10 Photos That Will Make You Never Want To Buy Palm Oil Ever Again

By Gemma Tillack, August 13 2013

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10 Photos That Will Make You Never Want To Buy Palm Oil Ever Again

Every day the rainforests that endangered Borneo Orangutans depend on for their survival are destroyed to make way for palm plantations. Palm oil companies like PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (PT BGA), a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd, send in bulldozers to clear the forest so they can plant palm trees. Sometimes individual orangutans are hurt, [...]

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Why ‘RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil’ is not responsible

By Gemma Tillack, April 25 2013

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Why ‘RSPO Sustainable Palm Oil’ is not responsible

When you go to the grocery store and you buy a bag of chips, a chocolate bar, crackers, ice-cream, doughnuts, frozen snacks or other candy, you may see a label on the products saying ‘RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil’ or ‘Green Palm Sustainability.’ Such labeling makes it is easy to think that the product you [...]

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Indonesian Forest Protections Under Attack

By Gemma Tillack, April 22 2013

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Indonesian Forest Protections Under Attack

I wish I didn’t have to write this blog post on Earth Day. The rainforest where I saw my first wild orangutan is under threat. I can’t believe it! There are many reasons to protect the Leuser Protected Ecosystem, a forest area on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Thousands of Indigenous people rely on the [...]

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