Posts By Todd Zimmer

Todd Zimmer - who has written 15 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Todd Zimmer works as a campaigner on the Global Finance Campaign, pushing back against the banks that fund climate chaos. Originally from North Carolina, Todd spent over a year organizing in his hometown of Charlotte before joining RAN's staff in San Francisco. In the past, he has worked to grow grassroots power to oppose militarism and advocate for institutional transparency. Todd can be found on Twitter @neutralized.

Why Washington University in St. Louis Should Ditch Peabody Coal

By Todd Zimmer, April 11 2014

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Why Washington University in St. Louis Should Ditch Peabody Coal

This article first appeared in Washington University in St. Louis’ Student Life on April 10, 2014.  On April 30, the UN’s International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the best available scientific report on global warming and the likely consequences of continued carbon pollution. Based on 12,000 peer-reviewed studies, the IPCC’s report describes a [...]

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XL Dissent: Where Do We Go From Here? Announcing the Pledge of Resistance Spring Training Tour

By Todd Zimmer, March 11 2014

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XL Dissent: Where Do We Go From Here? Announcing the Pledge of Resistance Spring Training Tour

The Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance is coming to campuses to train students for civil disobedience to stop the pipeline. Click here to join the 86,000 people who have already pledged to risk arrest to stop Keystone XL, and read on for training dates and locations—and to learn more about the movement to resist the [...]

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XL Dissent: “We Are Building A Culture of Resistance”

By Todd Zimmer, February 28 2014

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XL Dissent: “We Are Building A Culture of Resistance”

This Sunday, over one thousand young people will descend on the White House. By the end of the day, hundreds of them, most of them students at more than 200 colleges and universities, will be arrested. There’s something happening here. Just days after a U.S. State Department review determined that ERM, an oil industry contractor [...]

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Divestistas: From Opposition to Resistance

By Todd Zimmer, March 7 2013

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Divestistas: From Opposition to Resistance

I had the great privilege of representing Rainforest Action Network at the student-led Power Up! Divest Fossil Fuels Convergence. Hosted by Swarthmore Mountain Justice, students from around the country gathered for conversations about movement culture and strategy. I was thrilled to find myself amidst a dynamic and emergent group that asked all the right questions: [...]

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Bank of America’s Recruiters Not Welcome on Campus

By Todd Zimmer, January 29 2013

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Bank of America’s Recruiters Not Welcome on Campus

This morning, Bank of America campus recruiters at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) found the best and the brightest in their student interviews. Unfortunately for the bank, UNCC’s best and brightest were there to protest Bank of America and their funding for coal and climate chaos. Six activists, supported by UNCC alumni [...]

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Hurricane Sandy Haunts CEOs at Economic Outlook Conference

By Todd Zimmer, December 18 2012

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Hurricane Sandy Haunts CEOs at Economic Outlook Conference

As Bank of America Co-Chief Operating Officer, David Darnell, and outgoing Duke Energy CEO, Jim Rogers, met behind closed doors to forecast 2013′s corporate profits—a storm was brewing in Charlotte. Immediately before the heavily guarded economic summit was set to begin, an inconvenient visitor arrived and demanded to be let into the meeting: Hurricane Sandy. Buoyed [...]

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Students Urge Bank of America Chairman to “Walk the Talk” on Sustainability

By Todd Zimmer, December 5 2012

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Students Urge Bank of America Chairman to “Walk the Talk” on Sustainability

On Saturday, December 15, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will award Bank of America chairman Charles Holliday an honorary doctorate, citing his leadership in business sustainability. A graduate of UTK, Mr. Holliday has made a career as a corporate advocate for sustainable business; in 2002, he co-authored a book titled “Walking the Talk” which detailed [...]

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Thousands March on Wall Street South, Bank of America

By Todd Zimmer, September 4 2012

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Thousands March on Wall Street South, Bank of America

Just days before DNC delegates descended on Charlotte, the streets here were filled with throngs of the 99%. Nearly 2,000 protestors marched through the heart of Wall Street South, stopping to demand social, economic and environmental justice outside the headquarters of Bank of America and Duke Energy. In 92 degree heat, the pervasive mood was [...]

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Charlotte Rolls Against Coal!

By Todd Zimmer, August 1 2012

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Charlotte Rolls Against Coal!

Last weekend, over a thousand Charlotte citizens turned out for a cancer fundraiser styled as a 24 Hour bike ride.  Participants were encouraged to ride with a team, and many organizations and businesses were represented.  Duke Energy’s team was present, as was team Bank of America in matching red and blue spandex. This year, as [...]

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Greenwash This: Dumping 500 lbs of Coal at Bank of America

By Todd Zimmer, June 22 2012

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Greenwash This: Dumping 500 lbs of Coal at Bank of America

This week, top Bank of America brass are in Rio for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, shilling for the bank’s green image. Bank representatives are using the Rio +20 conference as a platform to highlight the bank’s recently announced environmental initiative, a half-hearted commitment intended to demonstrate “Bank of America’s legacy of leadership in [...]

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