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

 

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...

WORLD LEADERS: 12 DAYS LEFT TO AVERT CLIMATE CHAOS

Media release | November 24, 2009 at 18:00

Twelve days before the critical UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, today Greenpeace activists shut down the export facilities of a major pulp mill operated by Sinar Mas owned pulp and paper company APP in the heart of Indonesia's rainforests. Sinar...

Indonesia suspends climate polluters’ license to destroy rainforest

Media release | November 18, 2009 at 18:00

Greenpeace welcomed today’s decision by Indonesia’s Forest Minister, Zulkifli Hasan, to temporarily stop paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Limited (APRIL) from destroying the carbon-rich forest peatlands of Indonesia’s...

Indonesian authorities deport Greenpeace activists and members of the press

Media release | November 17, 2009 at 14:44

Greenpeace today condemned the intimidation tactics used by the Indonesian authorities against members of the press as well as Greenpeace activists and local community members who are supporting efforts to prevent forest and climate destruction...

Indonesian authorities cancel plan to evict Greenpeace climate defenders in face of...

Media release | November 15, 2009 at 10:59

Mass protest in support of Greenpeace by forest communities led police to cancel plans to forcibly shut down the Greenpeace Climate Defenders' camp in the heart of the Indonesian rainforest today.

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