Environmental Resource: Rainforest Action Network

Personal Note: When we visited Costa Rica a couple of years ago, one of the best tours was Manuel Antonio State Park, which was actually a rainforest near a tidal estuary. It was a magnificent park teeming with plants and wildlife and made me realize how important rainforests are to our ecosystem. So today I am posting information on the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

Here is the statement about their vision from the  website: www.ran.org.

“Rainforest Action Network envisions a world where each generation sustains increasingly healthy forests, where the rights of all communities are respected, and where corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet.”

I received a snail mail packet of information with a helpful brochure explaining their work in more detail.

Here are some highlights from that brochure:

1989: US-based Scott Paper Company was forced to cancel a $653 million Indonesian pulp mill that would have clear-cut 2 million acres of rainforest on the Indonesian island of Irian Jaya.

1992: Brazilian government declares Yanomami lands permanent indigenous territory. (Not to be exploited by big business. es)

1994: Hollywood’s major studios agree to phase out the use of lauan–a tropical forest  hardwood used in set design– and switch to alternative wood products.

1999: Home Depot, the world’s largest wood products retailer, announces its commitment to stop selling wood from endangered forests. (Soon after other home improvement retailers follow suit.)

2010: Eight top children’s book publishers pledge to eliminate controversial Indonesian suppliers Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) &b Asian Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) from their supply chains after RAN released “Rainforest–Safe Kids Books” scorecard.

Here is one of the waterfalls we enjoyed on our Costa Rica trip. The tour was called Hanging Bridges, because to get from one end of the rainforest to the other we had to use suspended walkways, not trails.

On the back of the brochure is another long statement about RAN’s goals. Here are some of the highlights:

“Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is a leading environmental and human rights action group that campaigns to protect the world’s remaining rainforests…..By blending sophisticated, market-based strategies with the creativity of countless grassroots activists around the world, RAN is changing business as usual….RAN’s network savvy, hard-hitting campaigning has helped win dozens of landmark commitments from America’s largest corporation.” (ex. Kinko’s, Home Depot, General Mills, Bank of America.)

If you go to the website www.ran.org & click on Get Involved, you will see a display of different projects that request signing a petition to protect rainforests all over the world. Great way to be an armchair activist.


Here are some monkeys we enjoyed in Manuel Antonio State Park. They were very friendly, running and making noises and grabbing food anywhere they saw it, right from the food that people enjoying the beach left out in the open. I offered one monkey a banana and without any hesitation, it was whisked from my extended hand.

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