The Rainforest Action Network is on my top ten list as one of the best charities I support because it works in creative and hard-hitting ways to get corporations, often large global corporations, like Disney, Chevron, and Bank of America to clean up their acts with regard to both direct and indirect environmental destruction. And this isn't green washing -- this is true change in concert with people on the ground in the countries being affected.
Rainforest Action Network is awesome! They take on the corporate powers in the only way that matters to them: hitting their bottom line. Organizing the public to combat corporate polluters is the only way to make effective change, and RAN does this.
RAN is truly stand out in the field of environmental organizing. In a world in which multinational corporations are not beholden to the jurisdiction of a single nation-state or responsive to minuscule fines imposed by the world's governments, RAN looks beyond traditional lobbying to address the root of the problem. Working in concert with (not on behalf of) affected communities, RAN pulls activists from human rights, ecosystem preservation, and climate justice into unstoppable coalitions that use creative rhetorical tactics, non-violent civil disobedience and traditional campaign strategies to make real change in the world. This fresh perspective is the reason the Rainforest Action Network has triumphed over notoriously destructive corporations like Home Depot, Citigroup, and Boise Cascade for over 20 years and with our help can continue to fight and win battles with far reaching effects for years to come.
I have several friends who are members with RAN, and I've always loved their actions. I participated in street protests which we cordoned off citigroup ATMS with witty yellow tape saying "Warning: Global warming zone" and we had screen sized stickers giving you fake options! They also sent us stickers to put on candy warning about the deforestation chocolate corporations are causing. The protests this organization comes up with are always fun and interesting, and at the same time giving a nobody like me the chance to fight back! I also helped table for RAN during powershift, and their volunteers know their stuff, and I helped them close down the capitol hill power plants! This organization is the realization of several generations unhappy with environmentally-apathetic businessmen, and they know how to fight back!
I worked on the Boise campaign a couple of years back when being an environmentalist was not hip and issues were rarely in mainstream news like it is today. I experienced the epic battle RAN had to go through in order to get through to large multinational corporations who were systematically and regularly destroying our environment. These corporations did not want to change and very often saw RAN as the enemy and used all the power they had (which was quite a lot - billions of $$) to discredit and crush RAN. But, that was not so easy when you have a highly organized and passionate organization whose aim is to do good. RAN uses creative and intelligent solutions for a win-win outcome. In the end, one wonders why all the resistance in the first place?
RAN is a fantastic organization. interned with them last Summer with the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign. The staff there did everything they could to make me feel welcome, treated me with respect, and helped me to help them with their campaign against destructive agribusiness corporations ADM, Bunge, and Cargill. I helped organize a direct action organizing event where 2000 people all across the US and Canada went to their local supermarkets and placed stickers marked "product may contain rainforest destruction" on products containing palm oil. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend RAN.
RAN helped me organize a very effective protest. The organizers sent me free materials to use, they emailed me to check if I needed help, they helped me get media contacts, they helped me with tips on what to write in my petition, they helped me recruit people. It was a very positive experience for me and I could not have done it without the organizer's help.
i found helpng the rainforest such a rewarding thing to do not only are you helping the enviroment but also global warming and that is two things that are very important if we do not start doing something about it now i hate to think what the outcome would be we need to have rainforests with out them the world wouldn't be the same and aslo we have to think of the surival of the wildlife who live in the rainforests such has all different types of birds i love walking through the rainforests i did that once one i was in cairns and it was breathtaking so beautiful and the serenity was just so unreal the noises of the birds just made it so terrific it is hard to put it into words you have to experience yourself but once you do iam sure you will agree it also makes me sick to the stomach when i hear that we are chopping more trees done everyday .i have been a volunteer for plant a tree done now for 3 years and he enjoyment you get out of it is so great knowing you are healpind the enviroment is such a great thing to do .this organisation does such a great job on making sure the rainforests aren't harmed .thankyou
RAN is the most wonderful activist organization I have ever volunteered with! They are extremely effective, and they use unconventional/creative approaches to raising awareness on important issues. This innovation and bold creativity is undoubtedly a major attribute driving their effectiveness as an environmental organization. I look forward to working with RAN in the future, and I really hope I can convince others to get involved with this successful, brilliant organization as well!!
RAN is at the cutting edge of environmental activism. Working with their staff organizers has been an awesome experience, and I encourage people to start their own RAN Chapter in their town/city/or university. RAN is amazingly supportive of grassroots efforts while really supporting the group's autonomy.