Amazon

The Amazon is the planet's largest remaining rainforest, teeming with more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth. But this majestic rainforest is caught between the twin destructive forces of deforestation and climate change. Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 and globally by 2020.

The Amazon is a vast and majestic rainforest teeming with an estimated quarter of all known land species. The jaguar, the pink river dolphin, the sloth, the world's largest flower, a monkey the size of a toothbrush and a spider the size of a baseball are just a few of the species that we know about - there are many more yet to be discovered.

It is also home to over 20 million people including hundreds of indigenous peoples, some of which have never been contacted by the 'outside world'.

And finally, the Amazon stores 80 to 120 billion tonnes of carbon, helping to stabilise the planet's climate.

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Protest Against Illegal Timber in Brazil

Image | 16 May, 2014 at 15:20

Greenpeace Brazil activists protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market. A two year Greenpeace investigation into the...

Activists occupy Pig Iron shipment

Image | 26 May, 2012 at 17:04

The day after President Dilma failed to fully veto controversial changes to Brazil's ‘forest code’, Greenpeace activists occupy a pile of pig iron and industrial cranes in the port of Sao Luis. While a second team of climbers occupy a cranes...

Q'orianka Kilcher Occupies 'Clipper Hope' Anchor, Brazil.

Image | 21 May, 2012 at 20:12

22 year old actress Q'orianka Kilcher (right), recently appeared alongside Cuba Gooding Jr in ABC's 'Firelight', occupies the anchor chain of the "Clipper Hope" cargo ship with 27 year old Brazilian activist Leonor Cristina Silva Souza. The...

Projection At The Brazilian National Congress

Image | 10 May, 2012 at 9:50

Greenpeace activists project a laser message protesting against the New Forest Code onto the Brazilian National Congress. President Dilma has the power to veto before it becomes the law. The changes to the Forest Code severely weaken the Amazon...

Paulo Adario Named United Nations Forest Hero

Image | 17 February, 2012 at 16:14

Greenpeace Brazil’s Amazon Campaign Director Paulo Adario addresses the Forest Hero ceremony at the United Nations in New York. Adario was presented the award as a celebration of his work in defense of the Amazon Rainforest.

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