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.

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The limousine carrying Brazilian President

Image | March 13, 2009 at 19:00

The limousine carrying Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House passes Greenpeace activists holding a banner in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2009, calling on Lula and Obama to...

Greenpeace activists display a banner at

Image | March 13, 2009 at 19:00

Greenpeace activists display a banner at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2009, calling on Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and U.S. President Barack Obama to save the climate by protecting the Amazon as the two...

Brazilian Counselor for Science

Image | March 13, 2009 at 19:00

Brazilian Counselor for Science, Technology and the Environment Everton Frask Lucero, center, holds a letter delivered by Greenpeace Brazil Amazon Campaigner Marcelo Marquesini, right, and Greenpeace US Global Warming Campaign Director Steven...

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Scott Paul talks

Image | November 25, 2008 at 15:58

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Scott Paul talks with Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando during the trial of Greenpeace activists in Miami Florida charged with Sailor Mongering in 2003.

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Scott Paul talks

Image | November 25, 2008 at 15:57

Greenpeace Forest Campaigner Scott Paul talks with Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando during the trial of Greenpeace activists in Miami Florida charged with Sailor Mongering in 2003.

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