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

 

Palm Oil Giant Announces Plan to Stop Forest Destruction

Blog by Rolf Skar | February 9, 2011 4 comments

The global Greenpeace effort to end deforestation in Indonesia has enjoyed unprecedented success in the last year.  From the world’s largest food company and the world’s largest bank , to a global restaurant brand and one of...

Two severe Amazon droughts in five years alarm scientists

Blog by Phil Radford | February 4, 2011 1 comment

Tropical rainforests are called the lungs of the earth, because they suck in pollution and breath out clean, healthy air. There is a darker side to this story, though – without protection, these same forests could actually speed up...

The State of the Union and the Environment

Blog by Phil Radford | January 25, 2011 4 comments

In these challenging times it will not be surprising if President Obama glosses over critical environmental issues in his State of the Union address January 25. The nation is struggling to find jobs for the unemployed, we are still...

Pizza Hut Execs Play Ostrich, Won’t Talk to Orangutans

Blog by Rolf Skar | January 5, 2011 4 comments

Pizza Hut has a problem. Greenpeace has documented the restaurant buying palm oil linked to deforestation in Indonesia - destroying the homes of the endangered orangutan. It's a problem other companies - like Nestle and ...

What do damp apes and Pizza Hut have in common?

Blog by Elise Nabors | December 21, 2010 6 comments

Last weekend, Southern California saw some of the heaviest rainfall in decades.  And if you were in Irvine, California you saw wet, dedicated apes and activists.  These damp orangutans visited a local Pizza Hut chain to deliver a...

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