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

 

Pushing for transparency in Congo Basin palm oil

Blog by Amy Moas | June 30, 2014

The global palm oil industry is at a critical juncture. In 2012 we published a report that outlined how Africa is a new frontier for industrial palm oil production. This may bring much needed development to the continent, but it could also just...

Can Used Cell Phones Really Save the RainForest?

Blog by Amy Moas | June 25, 2014

Greenpeace is working hard every day to end deforestation worldwide. But we cannot do it alone. We are proud to stand with other organizations that are also doing great work in pioneering new ways to save our forests. Every year more than 150...

Fighting back against Mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia

Blog by Daile Boulis | June 10, 2014

I was catching up on Facebook when I saw a post from a local news station: “DEP Issues Mining Permit for Surface Mining Operation Located Near State Forest.” What really caught my eye was the attached graphic. My house is just to the left of the...

Illegal wood and murdered activists in the Amazon

Blog by Jason Schwartz | May 29, 2014

The US is the largest market for timber exported from Brazil. While Americans buy massive quantities of wood, often taken illegally from forests, to construct floors, outdoor paths, and piers, activists working to protect the Amazon are being...

Greenpeace joins a fight against coal in India

Blog by Emma Gibson | May 29, 2014

Mahan, a forested area in northern India, is sometimes called the ‘Badlands’ because of its history of lawlessness. It certainly feels like the wild west sometimes, except instead of a gold rush here, there’s a scramble for something a whole lot...

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