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Kids For Forests

Background - August 7, 2006
Young people all over the world are standing up for our planet's last ancient forests, and you can too.

Children from various parts of the world offer food from their countries at the UN Summit for Life on Earth (the Convention of Biological Diversity.) In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Their presence at the CBD is part of the Greenpeace "Kids for Forests" project where young people from all over the world are standing up for the protection of the Earth's last ancient forests.

There are seven large intact ancient forests left in the world. We need to protect these "treasure chests of the Earth" not destroy them.

To find out about the amazing animals that live in the forests, click

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Over 80 percent of the world's original ancient forests have already been destroyed. Giant trees from the Amazon end up as plywood boards and thousand year old trees are boiled down to make pulp, to be turned into everyday products like paper or tissues.

Kids and young people all over the world are saying "NO" to ancient forest destruction, and together with Greenpeace they have launched Kids for Forests. The project is currently active in 13 different countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America where young people are standing up for the protection of the Earth's last ancient forests.

The Kids for Forests all over the world have been standing up for the protection of the ancient forests for years. In 2001 and 2002, more than 35,000 kids and young people were fighting to save the ancient forests all over the world. More than 1,000 came to the Ancient Forest summit in The Hague, Netherlands - an important international UN-conference - they handed over petitions signed by more than 240,000 people, and called on politicians to take action at last. "Stop talking!" was their message. Act now!

In 2004, the Kids for Forests were also at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were there to remind the government delegates of the promise the politicians made years earlier to stop the extinction of the planets animals and plants. The politicians promised to stop the die-off of plants and animals worldwide by 2010 - but they still haven't even begun.

Fortunately, however, environmental activists all over the world - including Kids for Forests - are seeing to it that, bit by bit, the ancient forests are being saved.

You can help, too!

Want to do something to help right now?! Send a message in support of a "forest friend".

Contact the Greenpeace office closest to you with a Kids for Forests programme to find out more about how you can help.

For more information about ancient forests click here.

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