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.

The forest can’t defend itself. Take action and #StandForForests now.

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

 

For workers and for our public forests, Resolute must work to regain its FSC certificates

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | December 18, 2014

By the middle of January of next year, Resolute Forest Products will see the termination of four of its FSC certificates in Lac St-Jean, Quebec and Northern Ontario totaling an area of over 8 million hectares of Boreal Forest. The...

Best Buy does Better for Canada’s Forests, Commits to Sustainable Paper

Feature story | December 9, 2014 at 7:54

Today the world’s largest electronics retailer, Best Buy, announced major improvements to its paper supply chain to better protect Canada’s Boreal Forest, one of the lungs of our planet and a vital buffer against climate change.

After TransCanada, logging giant Resolute employs Edelman for astro-turfing and...

Blog entry by Nicolas Mainville | December 8, 2014 2 comments

How many lobbyists does it take to defend forest destruction? Following on the expose of Edelman, the world's largest PR and crisis management firm, and Transcanada’s secret astro-turfing and public relations campaign strategy,...

I haven’t been to the Boreal Forest but I would miss it if it were gone

Blog entry by Kirsten Dahl | December 2, 2014 1 comment

The very idea that one of the earth’s largest intact forest could be gone in my lifetime horrifies me. Until very recently, I deemed this notion to be absurd; a worst-case scenario dreamed up by alarmists. Canadians are environmentally...

Reflections on my first campaign launch

Blog entry by Cassidy Slezak | November 28, 2014 2 comments

This past week I was a part of the launch of a new Greenpeace campaign, “Best Buyers?”  Like the campaign title suggests, Best Buy doesn’t really practice what they preach.  Or in other words, they don’t buy the best products...

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