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Review for Rainforest Action Network, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I was eight years old my family visited the tallest mountain in my home state of North Carolina, Mt Mitchell. And as we arrived, we looked out at absolute destruction: the mountain's ancient spruce and fir trees decimated by acid rain. More than tragic, it simply looked wrong.

And that moment helped lead me to work for many years on environmental issues. Part of that time was with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). RAN has long worked to perfect the art of pressuring companies to improve their environmental practices. RAN's staff and volunteers will put their bodies on the line, regularly engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience -- even finding themselves thrown in jail.

But after these radical acts the RAN team will put on a suit and go meet with corporate executives and come to a solution that works.

That combination of raw passion and grounded pragmatism is extraordinary. And, indeed, that combination is exactly what forests like Mt Mitchell's need.

So now, every year, I think of the forests of the world, and of me as a young boy, when I proudly give to Rainforest Action Network.

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