Herakles Harms

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


Environmental Groups Sue to Stop Huge Tongass Timber Sale

Media release | January 10, 2010 at 18:00

Three environmental groups sued the Forest Service in Federal District Court in Anchorage today, challenging the Logjam timber sale project on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The plaintiffs—Tongass Conservation Society, Greenpeace, and Cascadia...

Alaska Native, Tourism, and Conservation Groups Seek Protection for Roadless Areas in...

Media release | December 21, 2009 at 18:00

A diverse coalition of Alaska Native, tourism industry, and environmental organizations took action today to protect some of the last pristine old-growth areas in the Tongass National Forest. These areas are important to Southeast Alaskans for...

Protecting forests could set the stage for a greenwash deal in Copenhagen

Media release | December 17, 2009 at 12:47

After two long years of deliberations, Greenpeace warns that the issue of deforestation in the climate negotiations could be used to greenwash the UN climate deal.

Greenpeace exposes Sinar Mas’s illegal deforestation activities; demands suspension...

Media release | December 9, 2009 at 18:00

Greenpeace today presented new evidence exposing illegal forest clearing by Sinar Mas group in Kalimantan and has called on Indonesian President to order the suspension of all its operations. Sinar Mas is already notorious for its involvement in...

Congo's Forest Protector receives Right Livelihood Award

Media release | December 4, 2009 at 13:25

René Ngongo, Greenpeace Africa Political Advisor and civil society activist for 18 years, today receives the Right Livelihood Award at the Swedish Parliament for his dedicated, and at times dangerous, work in defending the rights and livelihood...

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