Lindsey Allen

Big Banks Just Flunked Their Own Test on Climate, Indigenous Rights

On October 16, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Crédit Agricole and 91 other global banks met in Washington, DC, to revise the Equator Principles, industry-led due diligence standards meant to prevent banks from supporting environmentally and socially harmful projects.

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Is Your Bank Funding Climate Disaster?

Less than two months ago, the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs signed an open letter to Donald Trump, urging him to keep the United States in the Paris climate accord, which provides “a framework to manage climate change” and achieve emissions reductions while also expanding markets for “clean, energy-efficient technologies which will generate jobs and economic growth.”

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Is Indonesia's Fire Crisis Connected to the Palm Oil in Our Snack Food?

Traveling from California to Indonesia’s Sumatra island recently was a startling journey between two lands engulfed in flames. Although a world away from each other, these two historic fire events are connected through the cause and effect of climate change and a broken system of international commodity production that will take all of us at both ends of the supply chain to fix. This will necessitate holding Western companies accountable for the consequences of their global operations.

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What Is Your Vision of a Just and Climate-Stable 2050?

Last week, thousands of people came to Seattle — on foot and by kayak — and put their bodies on the line to say “Shell No” to arctic drilling. Like many climate activists who couldn’t be there in person, I watched the events unfold on Twitter on the edge of my seat. Seeing hundreds of people stand up to a 30-story arctic drilling rig in their tiny kayaks is enough to make a longtime activist think, maybe we’re not so screwed after all. The odds might still be stacked against us, but at least now we’re witnessing the rise of a mass movement determined to fight back. As one local organizer of the “Paddle in Seattle” recently said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. When the Kulluk [another Shell Arctic drilling rig] was here in 2012 there was nothing like this here.”

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Big Fashion’s Dirty Secret: How Major Clothing Brands Are Destroying Rainforests

In the melee of entertainment coverage about what Hollywood A-Listers wore on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, a major answer to the question of ‘who wore what?’ has been totally missed by the press. Would you believe one answer to that perennial question is...Rainforests? 

Almost no one realizes that some of the haute couture on display this weekend was made from ground up trees. Yes, trees -- tens of millions of them each year are turned into clothing. And too often this tree-sourced fabric has been shown to be connected to unchecked deforestation, serious land conflicts with Indigenous communities and deepening of the climate crisis.

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