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 Post subject: Rainforest Action Network - RAN
PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:09 am 
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Titel/Organisation: Rainforest Action Network
Tätigkeitsgebiet/-bereich: Schutz des Regenwaldes durch Stärkung der indigenen Bevölkerung, versuchen aber auch Industrien zu einem Umweltbewusstsein zu bringen
Art: Protect an Acre, Membership (http://www.ran.org/give/ & http://www.ran.org/give/paa/paa.html)
steuerl. absetzbar: in USA ja, bei uns ??
spez.Projekte: mehrere Projekte sind meist parallel am laufen
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Regenwaldlink: http://www.ran.org/info_center/about_rainforests.html

Bemerkungen: Man bekommt einen Brief mit der US-Steuernummer und eine Urkunde:
"Rainforest Action Network gratefully recognizes xxxxxx for a donation to the Protect-an-Acre Fund, which helps forest peoples secure land righs and implement projects that protect the rainforest and their ways of life. Your contribution has helped fund the following projects:"
Hier stehen bei mir dann folgende 3 Projekte (Kurzform):
Brazil: Support of the Kayapo's
Tanzania: Amani Butterfly Project
Mexico: Prevention of ilegal logging

Sieht in Summe sehr Koscher aus :wink:


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Ford Motor company to Crush Electric Vehicles
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Zero-emission vehicles powered by solar panels? Sounds like a great step towards ending our destructive dependence on oil and moving us towards a more just, sustainable future, right? Hundreds thought so and leased Ford Motor Company's most efficient car ever: the all-electric, super efficient "TH!NK City". However, Ford has now decided that zero-emission vehicles are not viable, and the EPA's worst-rated automaker is confiscating the TH!NKs and sending them to scrap yards to be dismantled.

While Ford touts its environmental stewardship, its plans to destroy the environmentally friendly TH!NKs highlight the automaker's lack of will to inovate permanent solutions that reduce local air pollution and slow global climate change. Current TH!NK drivers and a Norwegian manufacturer of electric vehicles have offered to purchase the TH!NKs. Sadly, as of today Ford has refused all offers to keep the TH!NKs on the road in either the U.S. or Norway; instead Ford plans to consign the TH!NKs to the fossil record and keep us addicted to oil.

We must act now to save these fossil-fuel-free vehicles before they become part of the fossil record.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:57 pm 
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Shell's Sakhalin II project spilled thousands of gallons of oil</b> into pristine coastal waters off the eastern coast of Russia last week. <a href="http://action.ran.org/ctt.asp?u=3D3357638&l=3D54660">Click here</a> to tell Credit Suisse First Boston to stop financing this project and adopt environmental standards today.


Dear Friend,
On September 8 a ship ran aground on the shores of Sakhalin Island, in the Russian far east. The ship was operating dredging equipment for an offshore oil project, and spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the water, polluting the beaches of the coastal community of Kholmsk. Experts have warned that a similar or worse accident could occur in other pristine Sakhalin waters that are home to the world's last population of 100 Western Gray Whales.

Credit Suisse First Boston is serving as financial advisor to this Shell Oil project even though it violates the terms of the Equator Principles, which it signed many months ago.

"Shell has refused to adopt necessary oil spill prevention measures that would keep spills like this from happening," said David Gordon, Executive Director of Pacific Environment, a California-based environmental organization that is monitoring Sakhalin offshore oil development. "Now that the oil is in the water, it's too late to clean it up. The damage has been done. It is a tragedy for Sakhalin Island and especially for the people of Kholmsk."

Take action today to tell Credit Suisse First Boston to withdraw funding for this egregious project and to adopt comprehensive environmental standards immediately to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again.

More Information about Sakhalin Island can be found at:
<a href="http://www.pacificenvironment.org/
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Take Action!

1. Raise your mouse: click the link below to send a fax to John Mack, CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston:

<a href="http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=21290&ms=Sakhalinalert">http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=21290&ms=Sakhalinalert</a>

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2. Raise your voice: Call Mr. Mack today at (212) 325-3630. Some suggested talking points are listed below.

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3. Raise awareness: Forward this message to your friends. Ask them to call or send a letter online at:

<a href="http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=21290&ms=Sakhalinalert">http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=21290&ms=Sakhalinalert</a>

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Demand that Credit Suisse First Boston withdraw financial support immediately from the Sakhalin II project, which clearly violates the terms of the Equator Principles, to which it is a signatory.

Demand that Credit Suisse First Boston adopt comprehensive social and environmental standards for investment that meet or exceed industry best practices set by Citigroup and Bank of America earlier this year.

Thanks for your support!

For the Earth and for Justice,

Dan and Ilyse
The RAN Global Finance Team
Sept 13, 2004

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 Post subject: Chilean President backslides ... Valdivia Rainforest
PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 10:12 pm 
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[url=http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=22343]
The Valdivian Rainforest is the world's second largest expanse of remaining temperate rainforest. Located along the coastal rim of southern Chile, the Valdivian rainforest contains some of the world's oldest living trees as well as the world famous Alerce tree, which is often referred to as the "Chilean redwood."

In January of 2003, after pressure brought by the Coastal Range Coalition, the government of Chile agreed to create protected areas along the Coastal Range and reroute a proposed road that would connect the outlying cities of Valdivia and Puerto Mount. The proposed road threatened to fragment this ancient rainforest while facilitating the conversion of the biologically-diverse forest into eucalyptus and pine plantations.

Now it appears the Chilean government is backsliding on their promises by resuming construction of the highway cutting through the heart of this pristine rainforest.
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Raise your voice
We have the right to remain silent. We have a responsibility to speak out.
A healthy democracy requires engaged citizens.
Engaged citizens participate by making their voices heard.
Register your voice, go to the polls.

Vote your values.
Vote for the forests.

Vote on November 2nd.

Electoral democracy happens only so often. Vote your values each day.
Every dollar you spend is a vote cast in the marketplace. We can unleash the purchasing power of consumer democracy every day.


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(Living in Europe ... I can't vote against Mr.B... :( )


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Save the Congo Rainforest!

Hey, it's Friday. Kick off your shoes, grab a cuppa and Stop Larry the Logger and his World Bank logging machine!

Play the new and exciting on-line game 'Congo Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark' at:

http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/s-Games

The Rainforest Foundation Team

PS. You will need Flash Player from Macromedia. Download from here.


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Support the People of Haida Gwaii

[url=http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=21463]Another controversy is brewing over Weyerhaeuser's old growth logging--this time on the islands of Haida Gwaii, where members of the Haida Nation are fighting for their cultural heritage. The Haida want access to detailed information Weyerhaeuser holds about the old growth cedar trees that have been a central part of Haida culture for generations. Weyerhaeuser wants to log more old growth. Tell Weyerhaeuser that communities matter.
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February 8-18: the Oil Addicts Anonymous Roadshow!

War in the Middle East… Melting glaciers and burning rainforests… Out of control extreme weather… Dirty air and asthma in our cities…Human rights abuses overseas…

It’s time to admit we have a problem: America is addicted to oil.

This February, a team of organizers will be touring America’s Heartland in a hybrid car to help launch the first local chapters of a brand new organization, Oil Addicts Anonymous.

The first step on the road to recovery is simple: admitting we have a problem. The Roadshow is touring the country to help folks do just that! Evening presentations and workshops will focus on learning about America's oil addiction, developing local strategies to combat it, and planning "interventions" at two of the most oil-addicted corporations in America, JPMorgan Chase's Bank One, top funder of the oil and gas industry, and Ford Motor Company, top American gas-guzzler.

The Roadshow will visit the following states:

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin

Sign up online! If you would like to help coordinate a local event along the way or to find out more, please contact RAN at 800-989-RAIN or send an email to grassroots@ran.org today!

February 18-20: Chicago Oil Action Summit and Activist Training

Addicted to oil? Know a friend or corporation who is? Sick of politicians and corporations telling you that global warming isn't real, that Iraq's oil has nothing to do with the occupation, and that there's nothing you can do about it anyway?

Join Rainforest Action Network, Energy Action, SEAC, Global Exchange, and others for a 3 day activist gathering in Chicago, Illinois to learn about America's Oil Addiction and what individuals and groups can do about it!

The Summit will be held at the University of Chicago from Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20. To learn more and to sign up go to http://www.ran.org/training today!


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Stop JPMorgan from Funding Illegal Logging - Stop BlueLinx!
JPMorgan Chase is the largest financial institution in the country with absolutely no social and environmental standards to guide investment decisions. Instead of treating communities and ecosystems with care and respect, JPMorgan Chase is profiting from their destruction by financing some of the most destructive projects and companies on Earth. JPMorgan Chase has a huge portfolio full of "Investments of Mass Destruction," including investments in oil, mining, and timber companies responsible for egregious environmental and human rights abuses. BlueLinx Holdings, Inc., the largest distributor of wood products in the US and an importer of undocumented Indonesian timber, is just one of these IMDs. Find out more at http://www.dirtymoney.org

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Protect Russia's Sakhalin Island! Say "No" to oil spills and to Credit Suisse First Boston
On September 8, a ship ran aground on the shores of Sakhalin Island, in the Russian far east. The ship spilled thousands of gallons of oil that polluted the beaches of the coastal community of Kholmsk. Experts have warned that a similar or worse accident could occur in other pristine Sakhalin waters that are home to the world's last population of 100 Western Gray Whales. Credit Suisse First Boston is serving as financial advisor to this Shell Oil project even though it violates the terms of the Equator Principles, to which it is a signatory. Take action today to tell CSFB to withdraw funding for this egregious project and to adopt comprehensive environmental standards immediately to prevent this from happening again. For more information, visit Pacific Environment.

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Ongoing investigations by Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace confirmed that BlueLinx, America's largest building products distributor, is smuggling legally disputed, undocumented timber out of Indonesia's critically endangered rainforests and flooding the U.S. marketplace with artificially cheap lauan plywood. Bluelinx is funded by JP Morgan Chase, a US-based bank that has built its financial empire on making Investments of Mass Destruction.

An "IMD of the Month" case study published on DirtyMoney.org details the trafficking of undocumented wood by current BlueLinx suppliers throughout Indonesia.

Illegal logging throughout Indonesia continues to cause widespread devastation to the region's tropical rainforests and neighboring communities. Indonesian Ministry of Forestry reports that 43 million hectares of the country's forests have been damaged or destroyed over the last several decades due to illegal logging, with the average annual deforestation rate estimated at more than 2.8 million hectares (7 million acres) since 1998. These forests are some of the most biodiverse on Earth, and are home to a variety of threatened and endangered species, including the rare Indonesian orangutan. In addition, illegal logging has been blamed for massive flooding and landslides throughout Indonesia.

The ongoing devastation has been well-documented by the Indonesian Ministry of Forests, Yale School of forestry, Environmental investigation Agency, and Business Week Magazine.

RAN is calling on JP Morgan Chase and BlueLinx to immediately comply with a voluntary corporate embargo of Indonesian forest products already in place by Centex Corporation, International Paper and Lanoga Corporation.

Click here to visit our online action center and send an email to JP Morgan Chase CEO William Harrison and Bluelinx CEO Charles McElrea telling them to stop fueling illegal logging in Indonesia


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Citigroup enforces environmental policy, requires Malaysian timber giant to get certified or get funding elsewhere!
During an “Environmental and Social Risk Management Briefing” at Citigroup’s New York headquarters this week, CEO Chuck Prince told stakeholders that client Rimbunan Hijau, a Malaysian logging giant with a well-documented history of human rights abuses and illegal logging activities, must comply with the bank's new environmental policies. This is huge!
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This week Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince made a public statement about client Rimbunan Hijau - a notorious Malaysian logging company with an abyssmal environmental and human rights record - that's already making waves in the financial sector and seriously freaking out the global timber industry.

What did he say? Going against every instinct bankers have to "maintain confidentiality" and "not name clients," Prince called out RH by name and demanded that the company obtain credible, independent, third party certification for its Papua New Guinea operations and specified the Forest Stewardship Council program by name during his comments. If the company, already implicated in illegal logging, slavery, and other human rights abuses, doesn't comply, Citi will sever all financial ties, making it much harder for Rimbunan Hijau to operate.

This, for RAN, is where the rubber hits the road. The Global Finance Campaign, through your support, has worked hard to win policy victories and then translate policies on paper into real changes out in the world. Mr Prince's comments this week are some of the fruits of this effort.

Thanks to your support, we'll be sharing many more of these victories in the future. And of course, we'll keep you posted with ways you can help in the campaign against JPMorgan Chase. If you haven't already, send an email or make a call today!

For the forests,

Dan and Ilyse

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Enough is Enough - Support Islands Spirit Rising on Haida Gwaii

The controversy over Weyerhaeuser's mistreatment of First Nations and their rights has reached a boiling point. Hundreds of Island residents have begun "Islands Spirit Rising"-- effectively shutting down logging on the islands

According to a statement issued by the Islands Spirit Rising, "Weyerhaeuser has shown no respect for the land, the culture, or the people who have worked for them. Weyerhaeuser has also shown no respect for its own word. In commitments made to the CHN, the communities and the people who work for them, five of the six commitments have been violated. Now the company is poised to sell its interests and in its final hours is attempting to strip all that it can from this land."

Support the people of Haida Gwaii--tell Weyerhaeuser that communities matter.

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Indonesia: Can we stop the illegal timber cartels before it's too late?
RAN continues to pressure BlueLinx, America's largest timber importer, to stop buying wood from untraceable sources including illegally logged old growth rainforests in Indonesia. In recent months we've also worked with several of BlueLinx's financiers to cut off funding for this irresponsible activity. Click here to send a letter to Wells Fargo calling on them to stop funding BlueLinx today!

Russia: Sakhalin Island oil project draws fire from indigenous tribes and enviros around the world
The Sakhalin-2 oil project --which threatens indigenous cultures, fishing communities, river and forest ecosystems, and an endangered whale species -- is quickly becoming one of the most controversial mega-projects on Earth. RAN continues to lead the charge in the financial sector, shining a spotlight on financial advisor Credit Suisse and urging other banks to stay away. Visit DirtyMoney.org to take action and learn more about Sakhalin.

Canada: Boreal forests may see relief from banks
Canada's boreal forests comprise North America's largest intact ancient forest ecosystem and one of the world's few remaining great forests. Unfortunately, oil and gas drilling, logging, and mining threaten to destroy this fragile landscape. RAN is partnering with a broad array of organizations across the continent to protect the Boreal and stand in solidarity with indigenous First Nations who call this region home.

Through the Global Finance Campaign, we'll be working with U.S. and Canadian banks, including those we've already reached agreements with, like Bank of America, to ensure that this endangered ecosystem is protected for the long-haul.


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