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

 

Good News from the Amazon: Soy Moratorium Renewed

Blog by Daniel Brindis | November 25, 2014

  Over the past 8 years, the Soy Moratorium has been one of Greenpeace’s proudest milestones in the fight against deforestation and today in Brazil, the Soy Working Group announced that the Moratorium would be extended until May 2016. This news...

Caught Up in the Battle Against Congo’s Irresponsible Loggers

Blog by Amy Moas | November 13, 2014

“It’s too far away”, “there’s nothing to see or do there”, “it’s too hard to get to…” The reasons people find to avoid the long journey to some of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s many remote forested areas are numerous. Multinational logging...

Timber investigation update: Activists confront container ship carrying Amazon timber

Blog by Daniel Brindis | November 6, 2014

Today, activists outside the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands confronted a container ship carrying Amazon timber from Rainbow Trading, a company we saw last month, in real time, accept illegal timber. Last month, Greenpeace Forest Crimes Unit...

European authorities: time to act on illegal timber

Blog by Daniela Montalto | October 30, 2014

Sawmills in the Brazilian Amazon are laundering illegal timber and sending shipments overseas. It’s against the law to place illegal timber on the European market, yet the authorities are doing very little about it. Two weeks ago, Greenpeace...

How deforestation helped unleash Ebola

Blog by Guest Post | October 15, 2014

Crossposted from Grist by Amelia Urry Perhaps you have heard about Ebola, otherwise known as The Most Terrifying Disease Of Our Modern Times (Sorry, MERs; panic is a fickle friend). But you might not have heard that Ebola’s origin story also...

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