Protect Forests

The Earth cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. They are home to over two-thirds of the world’s species. They are like the green lungs of the planet, supplying us with oxygen and helping to balance rainfall and the climate.

Yet our forests are at risk. They are being logged for chocolate, toothpaste, tissue paper, magazines, animal feed and more. They are being burned, degraded and logged at astonishing rates – as much as 80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed. Unique wildlife like orangutans and the clouded leopard are pushed to the brink of extinction, while indigenous people are uprooted from their traditional homes.

Forest destruction also fuels climate change: The world’s forests store hundreds of billions tons of carbon, many times more the annual greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. When forests are degraded or destroyed, this carbon is released into the atmosphere.

Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation by 2020 to protect what is left of these extraordinary ecosystems.

In East Asia, Greenpeace is working to stop Mainland China and Taiwan’s role in forest destruction – they are major purchasers of paper and wood products from Southeast Asia’s Paradise Forests, the Amazon and Africa’s rainforests.

  • We are campaigning for logging companies to end deforestation in ancient forests and peatlands, which are critical to protecting biodiversity and reducing climate change.
  • We are pushing businesses to source their wood and timber from forests that are managed ecologically and sustainably.
  • We are lobbying governments to strengthen their forest protection policies and set up reserves that safeguard them from commercial activities.
  • We are also protecting China’s remaining natural forests from conversion to plantation and logging activities through investigation and awareness building.

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It's not just palm oil which is driving deforestation

Image | 2010-04-22 at 8:00

It's not just palm oil which is driving deforestation - to feed its pulp and paper mills, Sinar Mas has also cleared huge swaths of rainforest and tiger habitat such as here in Riau, Sumatra

People in China’s drought

Feature Story | 2010-04-11 at 8:00

Cracked earth, withered crops, a parched people. The drought that is choking southern China is the nation’s worst in at least 80 years. Greenpeace China has sent activists to help and renowned photographer Lu Guang to record the disaster.

Solar power can ease China's drought

Feature Story | 2010-04-08 at 8:00

Half a dozen Greenpeace workers are in Yunnan. You can spot us by the bright orange jackets. What are we doing there?

Give the rainforest a break Nestlé!

Feature Story | 2010-03-18 at 13:03

Need a break? Before you have one with a Kit Kat watch this video – 'Have a break?'

Nestlé

Image | 2010-03-18 at 12:30

Nestlé, maker of Kit Kat, uses palm oil from companies that are trashing Indonesian rainforests, threatening the livelihoods of local people and pushing orang-utans towards extinction.

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