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


Sister Dorothy and Cattle Ranching in the Amazon

Blog by emilykirkland | April 14, 2010 2 comments

Sister Dorothy was an American nun who spent her life working for the preservation of the Amazon and the protection of its poor and disempowered. She helped farmers make a living from small plots or from forest products that could be...

Indonesian President praises us for criticising forest policy

Blog by greenpeace_guest_blogger | April 9, 2010

This post is by Jamie, a web editor for Greenpeace UK (you can view the original post on GP UK's site ). *Please note that while our international campaign urging Nestlé to stop using palm oil made from destruction of Paradise...

Brazilian slaughterhouses miss their first deadline under Zero Deforestation Agreement

Blog by mikeg | April 6, 2010

The first major deadline of the Zero Deforestation Agreement signed by JBS/Bertin, Marfrig and Minerva — Brazil's largest slaughterhouses — has come and gone, and the companies all failed to meet their obligations under the...

Nestle: Taking a Bite Out of Rainforests

Blog by rolf | March 17, 2010 10 comments

Following the release of a new report, Greenpeace activists around the world are taking action to tell Nestle – the largest food and drink company in the world – to stop sourcing palm oil from rainforest destroyers.  Send your own...

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Blog by savee419 | January 19, 2010

The flurry of the end of the year is over. Looking back, 2009 was an incredible year for the environment. The Boreal Forest now has Kimberly-Clark on its side , the House has agreed to make our communities and earth a safer place ,...

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