International Day of Forests 2014

Forests are home to more species than nearly any other ecosystem on the planet and provide a livelihood for millions of people. Their protection is in everyone’s best interest.

Forests are the first line of defence against climate change, storing nearly 300 billion tonnes of carbon in their living parts (biomass) – or roughly 30 times the annual amount of emissions created by burning fossil fuels. So, in a way, destroying them threatens us all.

Forested areas worldwide are under threat from an ever-increasing global thirst for commodities - from palm oil to pulp and paper, from timber to new roads.

Consumers don’t have to be part of this circle of forest destruction simply because of the products they buy and use every day. Today, on the International Day of Forests, Greenpeace calls on corporations to clean up their supply chains and for governments to better enforce legislation aimed at protecting our forests.

Aerial view of the Congolese rainforest. Taken on a flight from Kinshasa to Bumba.

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Month In Pictures - October

Slideshow | 31 October, 2014

All that Glitters is not Gold (trailer)

Video | 31 October, 2014 at 11:45

'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE) rice variety that has been developed by industry to produce pro-vitamin A. Its proponents have hyped GE 'Golden' rice as a quick-fix solution to vitamin A deficiency which is prevalent in developing...

Three ways the climate crisis is already being solved

Video | 21 October, 2014 at 17:45

The climate is in crisis and it affects us all. But we can take control of our future. By joining the growing movement for climate action, you and I can choose to be part of the solution.

Protest At The Prezioso Oil Rig In Italy

Image | 14 October, 2014 at 12:11

Activists from the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior occupy the ‘Prezioso’ offshore oil rig operated by the Italian oil company ENI in the Sicilian Channel. The activists unfurl a 120 meter square banner depicting the Italian Prime Minister,...

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