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

 

"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...

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...

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