Posts By Laurel Sutherlin

Laurel Sutherlin - who has written 32 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Laurel Sutherlin is RAN's Communications Manager for the Forest Program. He is a life long forest defender and social justice advocate specializing in environmental education and strategic communications. Before coming to RAN, Laurel worked closely with diverse groups including the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), the Oxygen Collective, Students for a Free Tibet and The Yes Men. He is also a trained naturalist with a passion for anything with feathers, fur, leaves or scales

It’s Your Turn PepsiCo: Time to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge

By Laurel Sutherlin, April 21 2014

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It’s Your Turn PepsiCo: Time to Take the Conflict Palm Oil Challenge

This week marks an exciting turning point in the ambitious international effort to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil connected to rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution from our food supply. Thanks to the hard work and consumer pressure created by RAN supporters and our allies – that’s you, dear reader – the palm oil [...]

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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

By Laurel Sutherlin, February 14 2014

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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

First, the bad news. This week, as millions of schoolchildren across the U.S. share Valentine’s candy and chocolate, they’ll be unwittingly—and unwillingly—contributing to child labor taking place on the other side of the world. One of the key ingredients in Hershey’s chocolates—and many other Valentine’s candies—is responsible for widespread child labor and human rights violations, [...]

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An Urgent Request from Indonesian Conservationists

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 11 2013

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An Urgent Request from Indonesian Conservationists

The following post is a guest blog from Indonesian conservationist and RAN ally Tezar Pahlevie. Please watch the brief following video of Tezar speaking to RAN staff from his home province of Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia from November 2013. Please take action now to protect the extraordinary Leuser Ecosystem forever! You can read more from [...]

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Urgent: Papua New Guinea Tribes Under Threat from Conflict Palm Oil

By Laurel Sutherlin, November 11 2013

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Urgent: Papua New Guinea Tribes Under Threat from Conflict Palm Oil

The Indigenous communities of Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea are engaged in a high stakes battle to defend their land and culture from the threat of Conflict Palm Oil expansion and they have a quick and easy request for help right now. Much of RAN’s forest team is currently in Medan, Sumatra for the annual [...]

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From the Field: A Call To Protect Sumatra’s Crown Jewel

By Laurel Sutherlin, November 8 2013

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From the Field: A Call To Protect Sumatra’s Crown Jewel

Chances are you’ve heard of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, America’s Yellowstone and Africa’s Serengeti – iconic wild areas rightly famous the world over for their outstanding natural grandeur. But how about Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem? No? Well then, please allow me to introduce you. Remote, rugged and not easily entered beyond its edges, the Leuser contains [...]

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Amazing! Orangutan Asks Girl for Help in Sign Language

By Laurel Sutherlin, October 9 2013

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Amazing! Orangutan Asks Girl for Help in Sign Language

For the last several months, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has teamed up with the creative geniuses at Free Range Studios to make this poignant two-minute film about the impacts of “Conflict Palm Oil” on orangutans—as seen through the eyes of a little girl communicating to an orphaned orangutan through sign language. RAN is doubling down [...]

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What is the Price of Palm Oil?

By Laurel Sutherlin, July 3 2013

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What is the Price of Palm Oil?

What is palm oil? Why are rainforests being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforests from being burned down for palm oil? These are good questions—and we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s most widely used edible oil. Read all about it in this blog, or [...]

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10 out of 10! RAN Brings Seismic Shift to US Publishing Industry; Next Stop: APP

By Laurel Sutherlin, January 31 2013

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10 out of 10! RAN Brings Seismic Shift to US Publishing Industry; Next Stop: APP

Wow. You know your brand is in the gutter when even Rupert Murdoch won’t buy from you because of your company’s bad reputation. But few companies have done as much to earn their bad name as Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Responding to RAN’s campaign, Murdoch’s HarperCollins has just announced they will no longer buy [...]

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APP: The Most Destructive Company in the World?

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 15 2012

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APP: The Most Destructive Company in the World?

The UK Guardian once referred to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet.” The following is a brief synopsis of why that description fits. A History of Bad Practices and Broken Promises Over 2 million hectares of rainforest have already been destroyed in Indonesia to feed the [...]

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Attention Holiday Shoppers: HarperCollins is Grinding up Rainforests to Make its Kids Books

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 12 2012

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Attention Holiday Shoppers: HarperCollins is Grinding up Rainforests to Make its Kids Books

Charismatic children’s character Fancy Nancy may be well known for saying that ‘every day is Earth Day,’ but her books have now been linked to one of the world’s most severe deforestation crises. Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and released today reveal significant quantities of Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH) and [...]

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