What We Do: Protecting Ancient Forests

Join campaigner Rolf Skar on a walk through Muir Woods and a tour of Greenpeace's Forest Campaign. With your help, our goal of zero deforestation worldwide is within reach.

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Home to around two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land — in addition to the millions of people who depend on them for survival — our remaining ancient forests are some of our most diverse ecosystems. They are also vitally important to the health of our planet, especially when it comes to regulating the climate.

 

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With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Yet industry is still relentlessly converting forests into disposable products that end up in our shopping baskets - while pushing species to the brink of extinction, destroying the lives and livelihoods of forest communities and exacerbating global climate change. We need your help to protect what forests remain.

Our Motivation

Around the world, forests are being logged for timber and paper pulp and cleared to grow mono-crops like soy and palm oil while also deteriorating from impacts of global warming. Deforestation is a major driver of global warming, responsible for up to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions–more than all the cars, trucks, planes, boats and trains in the world combined.

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Our vision

Solutions to deforestation exist. We're campaigning for zero deforestation globally by 2020.

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Our impact

Whether it's convincing Barbie to go for greener packaging or partnering with the music industry to promote responsible-sourced instruments, our supporters can fortunately celebrate several victories for the forests.

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Our current projects

Learn more about our current projects in forest protection.

The latest updates

 

Forests need laws, not loopholes

Blog by Kumi Naidoo | September 30, 2014

Sitting in the towering United Nation’s building on New York’s east side, it might be hard for world leaders to picture a destroyed forest, but I know just how depressing the site is. In Indonesia, and elsewhere, we’ve seen vast tracks of land...

US Court halts four logging projects in Tongass National Forest

Blog by Cassady Sharp | September 30, 2014

Photo credit to WildThing Photography The U.S. District Court in Anchorage stopped four Forest Service logging projects in the Tongass National Forest for the second time. Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands, an Oregon-based organization working...

The Soya Moratorium is protecting the Amazon. Does Cargill still support it?

Blog by Daniel Brindis | September 25, 2014

 Cargill just pledged to protect the world’s forests – but an eight-year truce that protects the Amazon from soya farming is in trouble. Cargill is one of the largest commodities traders on the planet. It buys and sells all sorts of things,...

Greenpeace sues US Forest Service, Big Thorne logging threatens wolves

Blog by Larry Edwards | September 3, 2014

Greenpeace and four allied organizations sued the US Forest Service on August 26 to stop its Big Thorne logging project. Located on Prince of Wales Island, in Alaska. This would be by far the largest sale of timber in the Tongass National Forest...

A Concerning Blindspot in FSC Forest Product Certification

Blog by Guest Post | August 4, 2014

By Tatiana Khakimulina, Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace Russia. I have worked at Greenpeace Russia as a forest engineer for the past two years, focusing on monitoring logging activities by FSC certificate holders in the Boreal forest zone. I...

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