Posts By Tracy Solum

Tracy Solum - who has written 22 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Tracy Solum has managed Rainforest Action Network's grassroots small grant programs for ten years. Through Protect-an-Acre, Climate Action Fund, and Global Greengrants Fund (to which RAN serves as an advisor), RAN supports Indigenous and frontline communities working to gain control of and sustainably manage their traditional territories. Prior to joining RAN, Tracy spent a year in Costa Rica writing for an environmental and human rights news journal.

Buddhist Monks Leading Movement To Save Areng Valley In Cambodia

By Tracy Solum, December 5 2013

0 Comments

Buddhist Monks Leading Movement To Save Areng Valley In Cambodia

A $3,000 grant through RAN’s Protect-An-Acre program is supporting Mother Nature, a Cambodian movement of Buddhist monks, environmental activists and remote communities fighting for the cancellation of the proposed Cheay Areng dam in the Areng Valley of southwest Cambodia. The dam would flood up to 50,000 acres of forest, half of which is part of [...]

Continue reading...

RAN Channels Small Grants to Two Major Indigenous Mobilizations in South America

By Tracy Solum, October 25 2013

0 Comments

RAN Channels Small Grants to Two Major Indigenous Mobilizations in South America

Indigenous communities are mobilizing in Brazil and Ecuador, challenging the respective national governments’ plans to push large-scale expansion of oil development in the rainforest (Ecuador) and clear the way for roads, dams, agribusiness and development of other mega-projects (Brazil) that would devastate ecosystems and undermine the internationally recognized standard of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent [...]

Continue reading...

Grassy Narrows Celebrates 10 Years of Historic Blockade

By Tracy Solum, December 3 2012

0 Comments

Grassy Narrows Celebrates 10 Years of Historic Blockade

On December 2, 2002 the Indigenous youth of the Grassy Narrows First Nation lay down in the path of industrial logging machines—blocking access to their tribal homeland in Northern Ontario, Canada. The action, led by women and youth, sparked the longest standing Indigenous logging blockade in North America. Since 2004, RAN has worked closely with [...]

Continue reading...

KI Nation Paddles 300 km to Protect their Wild Watershed

By Tracy Solum, August 22 2012

0 Comments

KI Nation Paddles 300 km to Protect their Wild Watershed

Canada’s Boreal forest is part of the world’s largest land-based carbon storehouse. It is also the world’s greatest reservoir of fresh water, and is among the largest unlogged forests left on the planet. But the Boreal has been under threat for years, and, as is often the case, local Indigenous peoples who live in and [...]

Continue reading...

Deep in the Amazon, A Story is Waiting to be Told

By Tracy Solum, June 15 2012

0 Comments

Deep in the Amazon, A Story is Waiting to be Told

Media technologies and professional skills are valuable tools that enable Indigenous communities living in rainforests around the world to communicate about the crisis of deforestation through sharing their stories, language, and art. Amazon Voice, a great new NGO that is working directly with the local Amazon communities based on a foundation of reciprocity and mutual [...]

Continue reading...

Bringing a Competitive Spirit to Rainforest Protection

By Tracy Solum, April 20 2012

0 Comments

Bringing a Competitive Spirit to Rainforest Protection

Through our Protect-an-Acre program, RAN recently provided a small grant to Caura Futures. This lean, innovative organization supports the conservation of the 45,300 km² Caura River Basin in Venezuela, one of the few pristine tropical watersheds on Earth, by working with local Indigenous communities and providing training and tools to improve human health and promote [...]

Continue reading...

Climate Action Fund: Get Action, Not Offsets

By Tracy Solum, March 17 2011

0 Comments

Climate Action Fund: Get Action, Not Offsets

Research shows that carbon offsets aren’t working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall global warming. That’s why RAN has founded the Climate Action Fund. In theory, a carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. Rather than [...]

Continue reading...

U.S. Announces Support for UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

By Tracy Solum, December 17 2010

5 Comments

U.S. Announces Support for UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

With President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States will “lend its support” to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the U.S. has at last joined the global consensus on this critical human rights issue. In a decision that reverses the position taken by the Bush administration in 2007, when the [...]

Continue reading...

U.S. Should Join World In Supporting Indigenous Rights

By Tracy Solum, December 6 2010

0 Comments

U.S. Should Join World In Supporting Indigenous Rights

Canada has now formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), leaving the United States as the only country to remain opposed to the most comprehensive international statement on Indigenous rights to date. After its adoption in 2007 by the UN General Assembly, UNDRIP was heralded around the world by [...]

Continue reading...

The Latest Small Grants Supporting Frontline Communities

By Tracy Solum, May 20 2010

0 Comments

The Latest Small Grants Supporting Frontline Communities

The below dozen grants distributed over the last few months through RAN’s Protect-an-Acre program and through our role as an advisor to Global Greengrant Fund supported frontline community efforts to defend their land and rights in forest regions in Africa, South & Central America, Southeast Asia and Appalachia. Protect-an-Acre KONTAK Rakyat Borneo $4,000 to carry [...]

Continue reading...