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


Delight to Disappointment as Herakles Farms’ Suspension Order Lifted

Blog by Amy Moas | June 7, 2013

The last couple of weeks have been tumultuous working to protect the communities and wildlife threatened by a palm oil plantation in Cameroon. Below my colleague Irene Wabiwa, on the ground in Cameroon, gives a great account of the struggle … ...

Brazilian Government uses one day of year to hide the shame of the other 364

Blog by Daniela Montalto | June 5, 2013

Today is World Environment Day and the Government of Brazil celebrated by dancing to an old tune. In a press conference held today in Brasilia, the government rereleased old Amazon deforestation figures and late plans to fight climate change in …...

Indonesian Forest Moratorium Extended… But Unfortunately Not Strengthened

Blog by Amy Moas | May 17, 2013

Although it may not have made it to the front page of our newspapers here in the US, there was big news this week for our planet and for some of the last remaining tropical rainforests. The President of Indonesia … Continue reading →

Algonquin community defends their lands against Resolute Forest Products

Blog by Guest Post | May 14, 2013

This post is written by Tina Nottaway, Spokesperson for the Traditional Algonquin Nation of the One Nation “KWE,” I am an Anishinaabe woman who speaks the Algonquin language fluently. I live in the la Verendrye Wildlife Reserve in Quebec, which...

Why California should not be allowed to outsource hot air

Blog by Daniel Brindis | May 3, 2013

This week Greenpeace and other leading environmental groups including Sierra Club California, California Environmental Justice Alliance, Asia Pacific Environmental Network, and Friends of the Earth sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown...

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