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. 

Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear rainforest represents one quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforest. It stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia to the Alaska border and covers an area the size of Switzerland. The Great Bear rainforest is home to the rare white Spirit Bear, salmon streams and dozens of First Nations communities. Once wholly threatened with large-scale industrial logging, Greenpeace continues to work to ensure that the 2006 and 2009 Great Bear Rainforest Agreements are implemented for the rainforest's long-term protection.

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.

The latest updates

 

And it just gets shadier

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 31, 2011

Asia Pulp and Paper linked to Consumer Freedom groups Yesterday  I blogged about the sale of the fifth Canadian pulp mill to notorious and corrupt forest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (through a subsidiary Paper Excellence) and...

Want to be the captain of an oil tanker?

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 28, 2011

The people in downtown Vancouver got a taste of the tough turns and hazards facing oil tankers if Enbridge's proposal to build oil pipelines to BC's Great Bear Rainforest is built.  Across the street from Enbridge's office,...

Why Enbridge is afraid of Ta'Kaiya Blaney

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 24, 2011 6 comments

In my work for Greenpeace I meet special people pretty regularly.  And by special, I mean people who do the most unexpected things in the most wonderful ways.  Meet Ta’Kaiya.  She’s a ten-year old girl from North Vancouver who,...

Greenpeace delivers 2,300 caribou condolence cards to Minister Linda Jeffrey

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | March 8, 2011 1 comment

This morning, Greenpeace delivered more than 2,300 condolence cards from Ontarians who want caribou protected to Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey’s Queen’s Park office to signal that woodland caribou will become extinct if the...

Greenpeace caribou caravan asks Minister Milloy to help save Ontario’s caribou

Feature story | February 17, 2011 at 14:17

Kitchener – Greenpeace took its caribou caravan to Training, Colleges and Universities Minister John Milloy’s constituency office today to ask him for help in stopping Premier Dalton McGuinty’s plan that threatens Ontario's woodland caribou with...

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