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Lumber Liquidators: Trading Siberian Tigers, Organized Crime, and Illegal Logging for Cheap Flooring

By Christy Tennery-Spalding, November 19 2013

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Lumber Liquidators: Trading Siberian Tigers, Organized Crime, and Illegal Logging for Cheap Flooring

A shocking new report shows direct ties between hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, organized crime, and the illegal logging of the habitat of the last 450 Siberian Tigers. This shameless disregard for the last few remaining members of the species in pursuit of cheap flooring is not only disgusting, it’s illegal under American law and [...]

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An Amazing Thing Happened at the RSPO

By Fitri Sukardi, November 19 2013

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An Amazing Thing Happened at the RSPO

An amazing thing happened last week at the annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) taking place this week in the Indonesian city of Medan on the island of Sumatra. Over 3,000 laborers marched and surrounded the RSPO meeting in a colorful and peaceful demonstration as speaker after speaker criticized the harsh [...]

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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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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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Our Big Finale! (Or is it?)

By Jess Serrante, October 29 2013

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Our Big Finale! (Or is it?)

This is it! We’ve reached the final stop on our “The Power Is In Your Palm” Tour! This morning, I accompanied Strawberry, the orphaned orangutan from Indonesia, on her final two Snack Food 20 visits, to the headquarters of Grupo Bimbo (makers of Sara Lee Bread) in Horsham, PA and Campbell Soup Company in Camden, [...]

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RAN Crashes Hershey’s Halloween Party

By Jess Serrante, October 26 2013

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RAN Crashes Hershey’s Halloween Party

When Americans think Halloween, we think chocolate and treats, often from Hershey’s. That all changed today In Hershey, PA, when Strawberry the orangutan and RAN exposed the link between Hershey’s halloween treats and the plight of the world’s last wild orangutans. Hershey’s won’t guarantee that its products are Conflict Palm Oil free, so we took [...]

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The Power is in Your Palm Tour Visits Heinz with Power Shift 2013!

By Jess Serrante, October 21 2013

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The Power is in Your Palm Tour Visits Heinz with Power Shift 2013!

The “Power Is In Your Palm” Road Show has brought us to Power Shift in Pittsburgh, PA, where I’ve spent the last several days surrounded by thousands of inspiring youth leaders building a movement to stop the climate crisis. We’re here to talk about the connection between our food choices and climate change, so it [...]

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Heads Up, Big Banks: The Divestment Movement is Coming for You

By Guest, October 14 2013

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Heads Up, Big Banks: The Divestment Movement is Coming for You

This post is cross-posted from WeArePowerShift, and was authored by Harry Alper, a 2011 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and organizer with Rainforest Action Network. It’s May 2013, and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan is having a bad day. Moynihan is presiding over his bank’s annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, [...]

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Divestors Take Their Fight to Big Banks

By Guest, October 10 2013

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Divestors Take Their Fight to Big Banks

Cross-posted from Fossil Free blog. This post was written by Hannah Jones, Swarthmore Mountain Justice alumna. If you’re reading this, you already know: we’re living in a time of unprecedented climate activism. Yet even as student divestment campaigns command the attention of the president and major newspapers, many campuses are hearing disappointing noises from their [...]

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