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

 

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.

President of the World Bank

Image | October 15, 2008 at 18:00

President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, left, talks with Jean-Christian Ebanda, 20, of Cameroon, center, and Freddy Mumba Mukula of the Congolese organization CENADEP. Ebanda presented Zoellick with petitions bearing 42,000 signatures at...

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Image | October 15, 2008 at 18:00

Jean-Christian Ebanda, 20, of Cameroon holds a stack of petitions bearing 42,000 signatures as he addresses the Town Hall meeting at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9, 2008. Samuel Nguiffo, winner of the Goldman...

Greenpeace activists hang a banner on a parking

Image | August 15, 2008 at 19:07

Greenpeace activists hang a banner on a parking garage next to the Kimberly-Clark administrative offices in Knoxville, TN to protest Kimberly-Clark forest policies. August 14, 2008.

A Greenpeace activist sits calmly after locking

Image | August 15, 2008 at 19:02

A Greenpeace activist sits calmly after locking herself to the doors to the Kimberly-Clark administrative offices in Knoxville, TN to protest Kimberly-Clark forest policies. August 14, 2008.

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