PROTECT THE GREAT NORTHERN FOREST AND ITS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest © Greenpeace

Greenpeace is dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s largest ecosystem, the Boreal Forest. Our first priority is a healthy Boreal Forest which supports viable economies and communities. Representing more than half of Canada’s landmass, the Boreal Forest sustains countless plants and animals and plays a critical role in mitigating global climate change. The Boreal holds some of the highest quantities of terrestrial carbon in the world – an estimated 208 billion tones. It is also the source of life and culture for many Indigenous communities. Yet many areas of the Boreal Forest are under threat by destructive logging practices.

Greenpeace has identified five “Endangered Forest” areas that are amongst the most valuable intact wilderness left in Canada’s commercial forest. Unfortunately, companies like Resolute Forest Products are logging in some of these forests and destroying critical caribou habitat. Resolute is currently suing Greenpeace for $7 million to divert your attention from its destructive practices. But Greenpeace is standing up for the forest and won’t be silenced by this lawsuit.

Currently, only 8 per cent of Canada’s forest area is protected by legislation. A comprehensive network of protected areas is vital to conserve the Boreal Forest for future generations.

Learn more about logging company Resolute’s lawsuits to silence the Greenpeace campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal forest.

How Greenpeace works to save the Boreal Forest

  • Challenging the marketplace: We expose the destructive practices of logging companies that can and should operate in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. We also challenge forest products customers to show leadership in supporting conservation.
  • Engaging consumers: We mobilize and educate the public about companies, like Resolute Forest Products, that are destroying the forest. We provide consumers with information that will reduce the impact of their purchases on the forest.
  • Pressuring governments: We hold governments accountable to their promises to protect the forest and urge them to do more to support a green economy in the Boreal that supports healthy communities and workers.
  • Working with industry: We collaborate with leaders in the forestry sector to ensure the creation of long-term jobs and a healthy Boreal Forest that can sustain its wealth of environmental and social values for all Canadians.
  • Collaborating with First Nations and other Indigenous communities: We recognize First Nations as decision makers in their traditional territories and believe they must be lead participants in conservation and planning. They have the right to free, prior and informed consent for all developments affecting their traditional territories, as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and as required by the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification standards.

The latest updates

 

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...

The Great Northern Forest Needs You

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | March 22, 2017

For thousands of years, it has filtered our water, purified our air and regulated our climate. It is home to countless animals like the caribou and the wolverine, as well as hundreds of Indigenous communities. It is our Great Northern...

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. ...

Resolute responds to Greenpeace campaigns by labelling us a “criminal enterprise”.

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | January 23, 2017 2 comments

Greenpeace and industry leaders announce the ambitious global moratorium on soy from newly deforested Amazon. Resolute Forest Products has responded to Greenpeace’s Boreal forest campaign with aggressive PR campaigns and...

Mining without consent of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake?

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Head of Forest Campaign | November 3, 2016

On October 10 th , and as a part of the national Indigenous Day of Action, members of the  Algonquins of Barriere Lake took to Highway 117  to raise awareness of a new threat to their traditional territories – a prospective mine within...

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