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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

When our land is free, we’re all free: Liberian communities (almost) kick out Equatorial Palm Oil

May. 12, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Arnold schwarzenegger, Forests, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Liberia, Palm oil

It is all too rare that communities in the global south -- or anywhere -- win recognition of their rights to say 'no' to extractive projects on their lands. So when we received news a few weeks ago that Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sto...

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Rowing against the tide: Friends of the Earth's update on Wilmar and its sustainability policy

May. 8, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Advocacy, Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil

Campaigners from Friends of the Earth U.S., Friends of the Earth Europe and NAPE-Friends of the Earth Uganda are in Indonesia this week for strategy meetings with Walhi-Friends of the Earth Indonesia and a closed-door discussion with palm oil gian...

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Let’s prevent palm oil from foreclosing on our climate future

Jan. 24, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Human rights, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

When we think about the causes of climate change, we tend to focus on energy generation and carbon emissions from fossil fuels; consequently, a lot of activity to curb climate disruption, such as 350.org’s Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign and...

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Guilty as charged: World Bank-funded palm oil company accused of murder in Honduras

Jan. 14, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Honduras, Human rights, Jeff conant, Palm oil, World bank

About a year ago, in March 2013, Friends of the Earth and a coalition of allied groups requested that the World Bank cease its support for Grupo Dinant, a Honduran palm oil company implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abus...

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What's driving the palm oil industry's human rights abuses and environmental destruction? Just follow the money

Dec. 20, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

If you’re an American looking to do your part to protect tropical rainforests, you need look no further than your kitchen pantry. As you’ve likely heard by now from Friends of the Earth and others, the world’s leading killer of t...

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Illegal palm plantations and illicit land grabs threaten the world’s last forests

Nov. 25, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Palm oil, Wall street, Wilmar

Illegal and destructive production of palm oil in Indonesia is continuing, with a chain of culpability that spreads worldwide, from Southeast Asian rain forests to supermarket shelves and Wall Street board rooms. Our new report, Commodity Crimes: ...

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