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

 

Greenpeace joins a fight against coal in India

Blog by Emma Gibson | May 29, 2014

Mahan, a forested area in northern India, is sometimes called the ‘Badlands’ because of its history of lawlessness. It certainly feels like the wild west sometimes, except instead of a gold rush here, there’s a scramble for something a whole lot...

Stop the suffocating haze from forest fires in Indonesia

Blog by Zamzami | May 28, 2014

Every year for as long as I can remember, this time of year has been a smoky, hazy month in Sumatra – and each year it’s getting worse. I’ve chatted to farmers, doctors, and parents, and everywhere I hear the same thing: the Haze Wave has to...

Illegal timber from the Brazilian Amazon sold all over the world

Blog by Daniel Brindis | May 15, 2014

Amazon timber is all over the U.S. You can find it in hardwood flooring at national retailers like Lumber Liquidators and in walkways at landmarks like Atlantic City, Miami Beach, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Much of this wood comes from Pará State,...

Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

Blog by Joao Talocchi | April 8, 2014

This post Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away originally appeared on the blog of Greenpeace USA. About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world Dozens...

Procter & Gamble agrees to clean up its palm oil act

Blog by Meena Hussain | April 8, 2014

This post Procter & Gamble agrees to clean up its palm oil act originally appeared on the blog of Greenpeace USA. Procter and Gamble (P&G) has committed to a new No Deforestation policy that will remove forest destruction from its products...

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