Holding OfficeMax and Grand and Toy Accountable
Last week, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy locations across the United States and Canada heard hundreds of activists demand that the stores publicly support a moratorium on clear-cut logging in Grassy Narrows.
OfficeMax and Grand & Toy sell paper products sourced from the Grassy Narrows First Nation's traditional territory. The people of Grassy Narrows have been blockading a logging road on their territory for more than five years and have called for a moratorium on industrial activity on their territory. View pictures from the Day of Action on Flickr!
This week, three Wall St. banks, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, announced a new set of guidelines to more closely scrutinize lending for proposed U.S. coal-fired power plants. They call them, "The Carbon Principles"--a lofty name for modest commitments the banks will follow when considering lending money to build coal-fired power plants.
The media jumped on the story; now you can help to shift the debate by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper saying that while the Carbon Principles are a step in the right direction, much more needs to be done.
Agrofuels Moratorium Now!
On January 29, RAN joined Student Trade Justice Campaign, Food First and Grassroots International for a press conference calling for a moratorium on agrofuels (industrial-scale biofuels) until standards can be developed to ensure that they show significant environmental benefits over fossil fuels and that they do not contribute to world hunger or human rights abuses. The event signaled the first formal opposition to the federal government's push for agrofuels as a solution to the climate crisis. More than 35 organizations around the world have signed on to the call for a U.S. moratorium.
Freedom from Oil Campaign Shuts Down GM Greenwashing Site!
Last month, General Motors unveiled a fancy new interactive website filled with dubious claims about corporate responsibility. They also asked users to upload photos and make comments related to global warming and energy issues. The Freedom from Oil campaign took them up on their offer, posting pictures from last month's spirited action at the Detroit Auto Show in which more than 60 students took to the streets to expose GM and other automakers' role in fueling global warming. Thousands of RAN supporters then weighed in, posting comments demanding that GM quit stalling and start building 100 MPG+ cars immediately!
The uproar caught the eye of GM executives, who were forced to temporarily shut down their overly ambitious online corporate greenwashing campaign. The controversy then spilled over to RAN's blog, where GM officials committed to discussing their environmental impacts through a serious of public online chats. RAN Rapid Responders flooded the first chat today with insightful and powerful questions for GM executive Brent Dewar.
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You put RAN in the position to be successful in this new year, and from every one of us at RAN, we say thank you. Thank you for your actions. Thank you for supporting RAN. Thank you for making this important work possible.