Protecting essential forests

Clearcut of state-owned Finnish old growth forest.

 

Without healthy forests, Earth cannot sustain life. They absorb a massive amount of greenhouse gasses and are home to hundreds of millions of people and two-thirds of the known terrestrial species, including the largest share of threatened species.

However, 72 percent of Indonesia's forest landscapes and 15 percent of the Amazon’s have already been lost forever. Now the Congo’s forests face the same threat. While the causes vary from region to region, they all have one thing in common: human activity.

Agri-business is responsible for massive rainforest destruction as forests are burned to make way for cattle ranches, or cleared for palm oil or soya plantations. Agricultural products are used in Europe to make toothpaste, chocolate and animal feed.

Industrial logging for timber, pulp and paper is devastating much of the world's rainforests to make the disposable wood products we find in our European stores - paper for our glossy magazines, toilet paper and packaging.

The mass destruction of rainforests is responsible for up to a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions - more than every plane, car, truck, ship and train on the planet combined.

With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020.

Greenpeace’s European unit campaigns for:

-    policies to eliminate Europe’s deforestation footprint
-    a moratorium on destructive activities in the last intact forest landscapes
-    a meaningful, international financial mechanism to reduce deforestation in developing countries

The latest updates

 

Beware the omniscient scientific adviser

Blog entry by Dr. Paul Johnston | July 25, 2014

Are Europe’s polluters demanding more scrutiny of their operations? Well, unsurprisingly, no, but industry lobbyists putting pressure on the European Commission to increase the power of its chief scientific adviser does sound...

Strong EU support for Arctic 30 does not go unnoticed

Blog entry by jdenblan | October 25, 2013

Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the...

Fixing EU biofuels policy

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso & Sini Harkki | September 9, 2013

The biofuel policy of the European Union is at a crossroads. Currently, an EU law mandates the use of biofuels largely made up of food crops that, instead of reducing emissions, have been shown to increase them. In trying to extinguish...

Global deforestation – Europe faces up to its dirty secret

Blog entry by Sebastien Risso | July 2, 2013

Have you ever wondered what the impact of one chocolate bar is? Or a tank-full of petrol? Or that hamburger you had for lunch? No, I don’t mean in calories; I am talking about impacts of a planet-wide nature. What we eat, the fuel we...

End of the road for dirty biofuels

Blog entry by Kees Kodde | February 3, 2012

It’s been a bad few weeks for biofuels produced from food crops: first, the US Environmental Protection Agency said that  biodiesel made from palm oil will not count towards the country’s renewable fuels mandate  because they are...

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