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

 

Mr. Garneau, will you be part of the solution? 60,000 citizens stand for forests!

Feature story | May 22, 2014 at 6:00

More than 60,000 people, represented by an enormous petition tree, called on the CEO of Resolute Forest Products this morning to change his approach and work toward solutions. The enormous work of art was lifted by Greenpeace activists more than...

The Guardian Tree's journey to protect the Boreal Forest

Blog entry by Ioana Cotutiu | May 6, 2014

Art is essential in any society and its value is not purely aesthetic. Many important social changes have been accompanied by innovations and even revolutions in the artistic world. Throughout history, artists have produced artwork...

Greenpeace supports Ontario move to allow six storey wood buildings

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner | May 5, 2014

The government of Ontario is proposing to amend the province’s building code to permit the construction of up to six storey wood-frame buildings . Greenpeace Canada supports this sensible step to stimulate a stable and diversified...

Of Solutions and Commitments: Going the Distance in the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | April 22, 2014

Last week Greenpeace launched   Forest Solutions: An insider’s look at Greenpeace collaborations in forest regions around the world . Eduardo Sousa, a Senior Forests Campaigner for Greenpeace shares his perspectives on the Great...

People power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | April 9, 2014

About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO. Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world. Dozens of protests throughout the planet. 7300 Sumatran orangutans at risk of being made homeless. ...

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