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


Nestle Passes the Buck While Clock Ticks

Blog by rolf | April 28, 2010 1 comment

Greenpeace just released fresh evidence that palm oil and pulp and paper giant Sinar Mas continues to destroy critical Paradise rainforest areas despite promises not to do so.  This builds on the case we made in our Caught Red...

Fresh evidence of forest destruction in Indonesia

Blog by greenpeace_guest_blogger | April 27, 2010

This post was written by Joko Arif, a Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia who helped compile the new evidence of Sinar Mas' forest destruction that is outlined in our new report. Vast, bald, deforested areas surrounded us,...

"Beautiful Mountain"

Blog by emilykirkland | April 26, 2010 1 comment

On April 20, 2010, the Brazilian government awarded contracts for electricity production from the Belo Monte (“Beautiful Mountain”) dam. The auction for the contracts happened only after several judicial injunctions were reversed by...

Orangutans Swing into Action Against Nestle

Blog by rolf | April 15, 2010 4 comments

One of the biggest days of the year for corporate CEOs is the annual shareholder meeting.  It's their chance to trumpet successes, inspire investments in their company, and look forward to the year ahead.  For Nestle executives at...

Battlefield Facebook

Blog by mikeg | April 15, 2010 2 comments

Our own Rolf Skar was on the Brian Lehrer Show last night, talking about our campaign telling Nestle to stop using palm oil made from Paradise Forests destruction in its products. Specifically, he was discussing the nearly 100,000...

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