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This video is an example of how when you do something good, good things happen. In just two weeks of Greenpeace starting this campaign, Unilever received tens of thousands of protest emails from around the world. The video “Dove Onslaught(er)” took off faster than anything Greenpeace had ever done before.  Greenpeace’s forests campaigners were invited to meet with senior executives at Unilever headquarters on Friday 9 May 2008.

The meeting with Unilever, according to Greenpeace’s web site,  was a positive first step by the company.

  • Firstly, Unilever agrees to support an immediate moratorium on deforestation for palm oil in South East Asia.
  • Secondly, the company also agrees to use its leadership role within the industry to “aggressively” build a coalition of companies to support the moratorium. This includes them lobbying all the major players within and outside the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) including the likes of Kraft, Nestle and Cadburys.
  • Thirdly, they agreed to put urgent and substantial pressure to save forests onto their palm oil suppliers on the ground in Indonesia too. Once the suppliers are on board with the moratorium then we have a real chance of stopping rainforest destruction.
  • And finally, Unilever agreed that they would lobby the Indonesian government to support the immediate moratorium.

Greenpeace campaigners will work with Unilever for the next six months (starting May 2008) to bring together a major coalition of companies to make the moratorium a reality.

That’s cool.

-Cara

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Rainforest Action Network has 25,000 stickers, a database of household products containing the not-so-awesome palm oil (which they compiled with the help of people who love the rainforest) and a date: August 13.

Bring all three together by signing up for RAN’s August 13th Stick it to Palm Oil Day of Action.

Sign up online and you’ll get a Day of Action packet including “Warning: Product May Contain Rainforest Destruction” stickers and a step by step guide to taking part in the action. I hope the stickers are made from recycled stickers and not new paper, which comes from trees…I’m just saying.

Rainforest Action Network is also sending letters to every company that uses palm oil encouraging them to be responsible by joining forces with RAN to put pressure on agribusiness giants ADM, Bunge and Cargill to stop destroying rainforests for palm oil. They should send emails instead of letters, every piece of paper we can save is fresh…that’s right I said that too.

Help stop global warming, and support the rights of frontline communities across the world, by going here and doing what you can.

Stick it to ’em.

-Cara

Many of you have already joined in Rainforest Action Network’s new effort to target companies that use palm oil which destroys rainforest destruction in food, cosmetics and detergents.

Now we’re kicking this into high gear and I need you join in.

http://www.theproblemwithpalmoil.org/

On July 1, Brihannala Morgan, a Rainforest Agribusiness Campaigner, will start sending letters warning companies that using palm oil in their products just will not be tolerated.

Get your friends to join your “Palm Oil Inspection Team” and visit your supermarket. Check the candy, snack food and soap/detergents aisles and mark down the 12 or 13-digit UPC number of products that contain any of the following:

* palm oil
* palm kernel oil
* palm fruit oil
* palmitate

Download the form outlining what information you need to collect

Enter your UPC codes and score points for every palm oil product or alternative that you’re the first to register.

Fill out the online sleuthing form!

Keep adding more products as you find them. Those who collect the most products will be listed on the site.

The Rainforest Action Network’s next step will be to send letters to all the companies, both those that use palm oil and those that don’t, asking them to join them in putting pressure on ADM, Bunge, and Cargill to
supply a truly sustainable source of the oil.

July 1 is their deadline to identify companies that use palm oil and start the next phase of the campaign. Go to http://www.theproblemwithpalmoil.org/ and enter your products now.

Once RAN put these companies on notice, they’ll be following up with a targeted, hard-hitting campaign in the fall. Your help is the first step in making sure that they warn as many companies as possible that they are not going to stand for the destruction of rainforests and communities in our food and cosmetics, and to put pressure on ADM, Bunge, and Cargill to make real changes and create real, sustainable alternatives.

Visit http://www.theproblemwithpalmoil.org/ by July 1!

Get everyone into the act. The more sleuths they have, the sooner they’ll find all the palm oil products hiding in our supermarkets.

Tell your friends about the problem with palm oil

Or you could film your sleuthing like RAN did and upload your video to YouTube as a video response to their channel.

Keep it real!

-Cara

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