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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Beautiful Hainan Gibbons endangered due to deforestation

Video | 2011-11-25 at 19:52

Hainan's rainforests are home to the world's rarest primate, the Hainan gibbon, of which it is believed that only 23 remain in the wild. "When you have just 23 of a particular animal species left in the wild, that says we humans aren't being good...

A Red Card for Forest Destruction

Video | 2010-05-31 at 12:46

Every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed

Protect our Ancient Forests

Video | 2008-06-14 at 12:43

Take a journey with us to the last three remaining rainforests in the world: the Amazon, the Congo and the Paradise Forests.

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