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

 

Landmark Forest Protection Deal at Risk from Indonesian Industry

Media release | November 23, 2010 at 15:03

Jakarta, Indonesia, November 23, 2010 – A landmark $1 billion deal between Indonesia and Norway – intended to halt deforestation and reduce carbon emissions – is in danger of being squandered, unless action is taken to protect it from notorious...

Burger King cancels palm oil contract with rainforest destroyer Sinar Mas

Media release | September 2, 2010 at 14:34

Greenpeace welcomes Burger King’s cancellation of its palm oil contracts with one of the worst rainforest destroyers on the planet, Sinar Mas, becoming the first company to do so since the producer’s audit was made public last month.

Exposed: Sinar Mas Caught Misleading Stock Exchange and Customers

Media release | August 19, 2010 at 15:19

Jakarta, Indonesia, In a humiliating blow to Sinar Mas, independent auditors have asked the group publicly correct its interpretation of their recently published survey of Sinar Mas operations. In the process, the auditors confirmed Greenpeace...

Under Fire Rainforest Destroyer Caught Breaking Promises

Media release | July 29, 2010 at 15:40

A new Greenpeace investigation into the operations of Sinar Mas, one the most notorious destroyers of Indonesia’s rainforests, reveals how it is continuing to break its own environmental commitments on protecting forests and peatland.

Greenpeace Halts Rainforest Destruction in Kampar Again by Pulp and Paper Giant APRIL

Media release | July 15, 2010 at 16:30

Greenpeace activists blocked a barge carrying thousands of cubic metres of timber from the rainforests of the Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra today. The activists unfurled a banner reading ‘APRIL stop trashing our future’ and urged pulp and paper...

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