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Kellogg’s Destroying Rain Forest

Kellogg’s Destroying Rain Forest

The rainforests of Indonesia are an ecological treasure: They’re home to critically endangered species like the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger, and they also store more carbon than the entire world emits in 9 years. Now snack and cereal giant Kellogg’s has made a huge deal with a company that’s wiping these forests off the map.

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Kellogg’s has just launched a partnership with Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader. The palm oil industry has had a devastating impact on the forests of Southeast Asia, wiping out millions of hectares of forest and releasing hundreds of millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. And even among palm oil companies, Wilmar is especially terrible: Satellite evidence recently proved that it’s been illegally logging on protected forests for decades.

Wilmar’s record is so bad that Newsweek named it the least sustainable corporation in the world — worse than Exxon Mobil, TransCanada, and even Monsanto. We need to let Kellogg’s know that this deal is unacceptable.

Tell Kellogg’s: Cut ties with Wilmar, the world’s least sustainable corporation, unless it agrees to clean up its act now!

Palm oil has been popular in Asia for years, but it’s increasingly being imported to the West, largely because it’s slightly cheaper than other vegetable oils — but it also has huge health and environmental costs! Lots of food companies in North America, Australia, and Europe are buying up cheap palm oil to save a few cents, but Kellogg’s is going further than anyone else. It’s teaming up with Wilmar to try to dominate the Chinese snack market.

It’s easy to produce deforestation-free palm oil, but companies like Wilmar are cutting corners to avoid basic sustainability standards (and they’re getting away with it due to widespread corruption). Under intense consumer pressure, Kellogg’s agreed to some sustainability guidelines for its palm oil purchases. But now it’s giving billions of dollars worth of business to Wilmar, a company that has cut down natural parks for palm oil. If Kellogg’s can’t reign in its business partner, this deal could wipe away the impact of all its sustainability initiatives.

Wilmar just announced a small step that shows it may be open to change. In response to anger over massive forest fires in Indonesia, it said that it would stop sourcing palm oil from companies connected to illegal burning. But that’s not enough: We can’t allow it to replace deforestation-by-burning with deforestation-by-bulldozer. Kellogg’s needs to insist that its business partner stop cutting down the rainforest altogether.

Sign our petition to Kellogg’s: End your partnership with Wilmar International unless it agrees to end deforestation.

Thanks for your support,
Rob, Claiborne and the team at SumOfUs.org

XL Pipeline On Sacred Land

Dear Gabriel,

The updates coming in are heartbreaking: TransCanada and its bulldozers have begun seizing and clearing land to construct the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas.

It’s nearly impossible to fight the use of eminent domain against private landowners. But now TransCanada is trampling on the rights of sovereign native tribes. If we stand with the tribes, we may be able to block the pipeline’s construction.

Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Enforce Native American sovereignty and don’t let TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline bulldoze sacred burial grounds. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

A story last week in the Washington Post highlights TransCanada’s assault on tribal sovereignty on lands throughout Oklahoma. The Canadian corporation is blazing ahead with construction despite tribal concerns about the protection of burial grounds and other sacred tribal sites.

TransCanada arrogantly claims “there is no legal obligation to work with the tribes.” But that flies in the face of the historic treaties affirming tribal authority over their sovereign lands, and the more recent National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

The U.S. government was responsible for genocidal death marches of Native Americans in the 19th century. Today, there are more than 38 tribes in Oklahoma as a result of this forced relocation, and each retains sovereignty over its own land and affairs. The Keystone XL Pipeline will bisect the entire state, starting in Cushing, Oklahoma, on a site that sits within the Sac and Fox Nation.

Tribal leaders fear that digging the route could disturb mass graves or other important sites. As the Sac and Fox official Sandra Massey said, “How many times do we have to move? Our dead are never at rest.”

Tell the Bureau of Indian Affairs: Keep our promises to Native American tribes and stop TransCanada from violating their sovereignty. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

We know the Bureau of Indian Affairs is aware of the issue because it held a listening session in Oklahoma last week to discuss the protection of sacred tribal sites.2 Now we need to make sure that the agency knows that it is unacceptable to allow a Canadian oil company to trample on tribal sovereignty and sacred sites to build their fuse to the carbon bomb of the Alberta Tar Sands.

TransCanada’s attitude toward the rights of Native Americans should come as no surprise — the company has earned a reputation for lying, deceiving and strong-arming landowners into giving property easements to TransCanada.

As construction gets underway, TransCanada’s surveyors and crews have also been met with resistance from local activists, who have on two occasions been arrested for boldly chaining themselves to construction equipment, and on Monday started a sustained tree-sit to indefinitely stall construction.

These efforts are vitally important, because the courts have so far sided with TransCanada’s dubious claims that it is eligible to seize private land under eminent domain — a questionable premise, since the pipeline primarily benefits a Canadian company.

While the Obama administration has bent over backward to promote TransCanada’s efforts to drain Alberta’s “game over for the climate” tar sands fields, it remains to be seen if the Bureau of Indian Affairs will stand by as TransCanada also threatens tribal sovereignty and sacred sites.

Urge the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take action. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
http://act.credoaction.com/r/?r=6966708&p=sovereignty_kxl&id=47608-266627-RCNZ8qx&t=10

Thanks for fighting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Call President Obama

From CREDO Action

Dear Gabriel,

A corrupt process. Improper relationships. A stunningly dangerous and ill-conceived project.

Still — the Keystone XL Pipeline is moving forward and a decision is coming before the end of the year.

We need to show significant pressure, every single day, to make sure the President understands just how big our opposition is.

Every weekday until the decision, we’re asking thousands of people concerned about Keystone XL to call the White House. Today is your day — can you make a quick call?

Call President Obama: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

This should be an easy “No” for the President. But so far, he’s allowed a sham process to be moved forward by the State Department, and hasn’t spoken out against the project, despite over 1,200 people being arrested outside his window.

But steadily, opposition is building, and we need to make sure that opposition is getting heard by the President and his advisers.

In the wake of huge story in the New York Times,1 three Senators and twenty Representative sent letters to President Obama, raising serious concerns about the major conflict of interest presented by the State Department’s selection of Cardno Entrix — a company with major business ties to TransCanada — to draft the environmental impact report and run local Keystone XL hearings.

Adding to the improprieties surrounding this pipeline, we also now know that the Koch brothers, despite previous denials, have a “substantial” financial interest in the construction of Keystone XL.

President Obama should be making a decision about our national interest — not the interest of TransCanada, Cardno Entrix and the Koch brothers.

Let’s make sure President Obama hears our opposition loud and clear — every single day. Click here for an easy script and number to call.

Thank you for fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Help Stop Keystone

Dear Gabriel,

Lisa Jackson and the EPA are our best hope of strong opposition to Keystone XL from within the administration.It’s clear by now that there’s simply no hope of the State Department issuing a legitimate evaluation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sometime in the next week, the EPA will issue its review of the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Report.

Strong opposition from his own EPA will be essential if we’re going to convince President Obama to reject this horrible pipeline.

Tell EPA chief Lisa Jackson: Reject the State Department’s sham review of Keystone XL. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The EPA has already roundly criticized the first two drafts of the State Department’s environmental impact report, in April, and again in June.

But of course, it’s not really even the State Department’s review. A major New York Times article last week exposed the massive conflict of interest that we’ve been telling you about for weeks: that the environmental review, and local hearing process, were actually conducted by Cardno Entrix, a contracting company with major business ties to pipeline developer TransCanada.

The corrupt, biased process has glossed over the significant threats from this pipeline to American lands and waters, and the broader threat of major escalation of global warming pollution by rapidly developing and burning tar sands oil.

We’re depending on the EPA to make those threats clear.

Tell EPA chief Lisa Jackson: Reject the State Department’s sham review of Keystone XL. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

As evidence of conflict of interest and improper relationships has grown, everyone is trying to avoid taking responsibility for this decision. President Obama has said he delegated it to the State Department. Secretary of State Clinton is sending signals she may delegate the decision to a deputy to avoid taking responsibility for it herself.

Any way you slice it, the decision is really in the President’s hands. However, if the State Department does approve the project, the EPA literally has the power to force a final decision by President Obama, by formally opposing the approval.

The EPA is our best chance to be the voice of sanity in the administration, and urge the president to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Send a message to Lisa Jackson now, before she issues her environmental review of the State Department sham in the coming week.

Tell EPA chief Lisa Jackson: We’re depending on you to strongly oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Thank you for fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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