Forests

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

 

World Bank Withdraws Loan to Brazilian Cattle Giant

Media release | June 12, 2009 at 18:00

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a $90 million dollar loan to Brazil’s cattle giant Bertin. The loan was used for the company to further expand into the Amazon region, which was...

Greenpeace Launches iPhone Application Version of its Recycled Tissue and Toilet...

Media release | May 10, 2009 at 18:00

Greenpeace announces today the release of an iPhone application for its popular “Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.” The tool created by 3rd Whale, gives consumers a quick and easy way to choose the greenest toilet paper, tissues, paper...

Amazon Soy Moratorium Holds

Media release | April 15, 2009 at 1:12

Greenpeace today welcomed a renewed commitment by Brazilian soy traders to reject soy grown in newly deforested areas of the Amazon given these crops were planted and grown in breech of the Amazon Soy Moratorium initiated in 2006.1 The...

Greenpeace Report Shows that Forests in Carbon Markets Would Derail Climate Action

Media release | March 29, 2009 at 18:00

Including forest protection measures in carbon markets would crash the price of carbon by up to 75 percent and derail international efforts to tackle global warming, according to a new report commissioned by Greenpeace. The group says that lower...

Greenpeace activists assaulted during palm oil protest in Southeast Asia

Media release | March 19, 2009 at 19:00

Greenpeace activists were brutally kicked and punched yesterday morning after they led a peaceful protest at the headquarters of Indonesia’s largest logging and palm oil company, the Sinar Mas Group, in Jakarta. Greenpeace is demanding a halt to...

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