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

 

Canada: Climate Criminal

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | January 5, 2012

At the dawn of the 21st century a new political regime has transformed Canada from global hero – once standing up for peace, people, and nature – to global criminal, plunging into war, eroding civil rights, and destroying environments.

KI First Nation Leaders to Speak in Toronto

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | November 15, 2011

Support KI First Nation; Kanaawayandan D'aaki! When: Tuesday Nov. 22 nd .  7:00 p.m.  Where: Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St.) SCC 115 In 2008 Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Chief Donny Morris went to jail for...

First Independent Assessment of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Released

Blog entry by Mélissa Filion - Forêt | November 14, 2011

How is the Boreal Agreement delivering on its promises ? The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, of which Greenpeace is a signatory along with eight other environmental organizations and 22 logging companies, has recently released...

Jobs, wildlife and forests chipped and burned in Toronto ‘power plant’

Feature story | November 8, 2011 at 8:15

Greenpeace activists gathered near Queen’s Park today to expose current biomass projects and new plans to burn forests for energy. On site with a wood chipper and a simulated power plant, the activists showed how the emerging forest bioenergy...

Saving Canada’s Boreal Forest

Feature story | November 6, 2011 at 8:50

Greenpeace today joined eight other environmental groups and forest companies in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to announce the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), an historic pact that will lead to large-scale protection...

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