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

 

A Concerning Blindspot in FSC Forest Product Certification

Blog by Guest Post | August 4, 2014

By Tatiana Khakimulina, Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace Russia. I have worked at Greenpeace Russia as a forest engineer for the past two years, focusing on monitoring logging activities by FSC certificate holders in the Boreal forest zone. I...

Greenpeace, Kimberly-Clark celebrate “wood” anniversary

Blog by Rolf Skar | July 31, 2014

It’s fitting that fifth year celebrations are known as “wood” anniversaries since that’s largely what this one is about. On August 5th, Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace will mark five years of the company’s new fiber buying policy and the end of...

Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what’s wrong in India

Blog by Aaron Gray-Block | July 31, 2014

It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified. The arrests are the latest...

Trees can be endangered too and this one is in trouble

Blog by Danielle Van Oijen | July 16, 2014

When one thinks of endangered species, the usual large animals spring to mind. Elephants, tigers, rhinos. And quite rightly they are the ones who get the lion’s share of the attention at the meeting of the standing committee of the Convention on...

Busted! Rainforest Destroyer and Its US Customers Exposed

Blog by Amy Moas | July 8, 2014

Customers are suspending contracts with Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company APRIL, which is part of the Royal Golden Eagle Group, as photographic evidence from Greenpeace shows continued destruction of rainforests and fire-prone...

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