PROTECT THE GREAT NORTHERN FOREST AND ITS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

Forests

With 80 per cent of the planet's ancient forests already lost or degraded, the need for increased protection of the world's remaining forests is more urgent than ever. Forests help stabilize the climate, sustain life, provide jobs, and are the source of culture for many Indigenous communities. Greenpeace opposes destructive and unsustainable development in the remaining ancient forests in Canada and globally. To effect positive change and put lasting solutions in place, we challenge the global marketplace, engage consumers, pressure governments and work with industry to protect the Boreal Forest, the Great Bear Rainforest and the Indonesian rainforest.

Boreal Forest

Stretching from coast to coast, the Boreal forest is one of the largest tracts of ancient forest in the world, encompassing more than half of Canada's landmass. It is a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape of granite outcrops, lakes, rivers and marshes, interspersed with pine, spruce, aspen and poplar forests. It is home to hundreds of First Nations and other communities, as well as threatened iconic species such as woodland caribou and wolverine. Learn more about logging company Resolute’s lawsuits to silence the Greenpeace campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal forest.

The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest represents one quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforests. It stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia from the Discovery Islands to the Alaska border - an area the size of Switzerland. The region is home to the rare white Spirit Bear, five species of salmon, the unique coastal wolf and magnificent cedars. It is also the unceded traditional territories of over two dozen First Nations. Once threatened with industrial logging, over the past twenty years Greenpeace, its environmental partners, and the forestry industry have worked hard with First Nations governments and the BC Government to safeguard the region to help ensure it is managed responsibly for future generations. Now 85% of the forested landbase of the Great Bear Rainforest is off limits to industrial logging.

Indonesian rainforests

Greenpeace campaigns to prevent the reckless destruction of Indonesia's remaining rainforests. We are doing so to protect endangered wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, to support forest communities, and to stop greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. One of the leading drivers of this forest destruction is Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL).

Clayoquot Sound

British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound is an ecological treasure of regional, national and global significance. Its mountains, valleys and islands represent Vancouver Island’s largest intact ancient rainforest. Home to 45 known endangered, threatened and vulnerable animal species, Clayoquot’s forests are an invaluable haven for wildlife. In the early 1990s, Greenpeace joined fellow environmental groups, the region’s First Nations and the public to protect the intact old-growth rainforests of Clayoquot Sound from logging. However, despite increased protection, many of these ecologically intact areas remain unprotected and are still vulnerable to logging today.

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Call on provincial premiers to protect caribou habitat

Blog entry by Lydie Padilla | November 3, 2017

You already sent an email to the premiers of the provinces and territories asking them to protect boreal caribou habitat. What if you were to call them out publicly and expose their lack of action? That’s why we’re asking...

Don't let Greenpeace disappear

Blog entry by Molly Dorozenski | May 16, 2017 9 comments

Today, we’re halting our normal communication with you to talk about something urgent. We’re taking the day to look back on some of the big accomplishments of the organization from the past half century -- and also to imagine...

Our vision for sustainable forests includes workers

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | May 13, 2017 1 comment

We are troubled by the recent job losses announced in the forest industry which affect workers and their families. Greenpeace Canada is committed to work with unions and local communities to ensure the logging industry adopts and...

Sending Wild Caribou to a Zoo?

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | April 25, 2017

We live in very odd times. We have in powerful positions of world leadership politicians who wish to take us back to the 1950s, or earlier, in terms of environmental and social policies. We have governments rolling back hard-won...

A World Without Greenpeace? How One Corporation Is Attacking Your Right to Speak for...

Blog entry by Molly Dorozenski | March 16, 2017 1 comment

Your right to speak out is being threatened right now in a dizzying variety of ways, not only by oppressive governments around the world, but also by underhanded corporations who want to suppress speech through expensive lawsuits. ...

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