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Why You Should Give A Sh*t That Water In West Virginia Is Contaminated

By Lindsey Allen, January 22 2014

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Why You Should Give A Sh*t That Water In West Virginia Is Contaminated

As I wrote last week, my two nieces live in Charleston, WV. Although their water has now been cleared as “safe,” they continue to have no clean water to drink. So, as you can imagine, I’m pissed. But there are a few reasons why I’m pissed. And it didn’t start with the unbelievable quote from [...]

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The West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Should Be A National Outrage

By Lindsey Allen, January 17 2014

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The West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Should Be A National Outrage

Right now my two nieces have no running water to drink. As a result of the coal chemical spill in West Virginia, they cannot safely use their water even though the citywide ban on drinking tap water has been lifted. That was the reality for more than 300,000 West Virginians last week, after thousands of gallons [...]

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West Virginia Chemical Leak Poisons 300,000 Peoples’ Water Supply

By Amanda Starbuck, January 13 2014

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West Virginia Chemical Leak Poisons 300,000 Peoples’ Water Supply

Since last Thursday’s toxic spill, when a coal-processing chemical spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River, roughly 300,000 people have lost access to tap water. Our friends at groups like OVEC, Keepers of the Mountain, Coal River Mountain Watch and Aurora Lights are volunteering and working long days to  drive clean water supplies to desparate and [...]

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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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Buddhist Monks Leading Movement To Save Areng Valley In Cambodia

By Tracy Solum, December 5 2013

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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 [...]

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“We Do Not Wish to be Slaves on Our Own Lands”

By Adelbert Gangai, December 4 2013

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“We Do Not Wish to be Slaves on Our Own Lands”

The following guest blog is a call to action by RAN ally Adelbert Gangai on behalf of his people in Papua New Guinea. Please watch this compelling short interview with Adelbert speaking to RAN staff at last month’s Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meeting in Sumatra, Indonesia. Then take action here to help the [...]

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

By Tracy Solum, October 25 2013

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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 [...]

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