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 sends President Obama an urgent call to action from heart of South East...

Media release | November 11, 2009 at 22:31

As Barack Obama arrives in Asia for his first visit to the region as President and while the United States continues to block progress ahead of the critical UN climate negotiations at Copenhagen next month, a 50-strong international team of...

Greenpeace tackles climate change at frontline of Indonesian rainforest destruction

Media release | November 2, 2009 at 18:00

This morning, fifty Greenpeace activists took action to prevent the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests and called on world leaders to end global deforestation, which is responsible for about a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions (1). The...

CARBON SCAM: Noel Kempff Climate Action Project and the Push for Sub-National Forest...

Media release | October 14, 2009 at 18:00

WASHINGTON -- Greenpeace launched a new report today that shines a light on the dangerous environmental and financial risks associated with sub-national REDD offset projects. The report, “Carbon Scam: Noel Kempff Climate Action Project and the...

Brazil cattle industry giants unite in banning Amazon destruction

Media release | October 4, 2009 at 18:00

In a major step forward for climate protection, today four of the biggest players in the global cattle industry -- Marfrig, Bertin, JBS-Friboi and Minerva – joined forces to ban the purchase of cattle from newly deforested areas of the Brazilian...

FOUR APPELLANTS BLAST DENIAL OF LOGJAM APPEALS

Media release | September 25, 2009 at 12:26

Today, the U.S. Forest Service's top official in Alaska, Denny Bschor, denied administrative appeals filed by Greenpeace, the Cascadia Wildlands and the region’s 2 largest all-volunteer grassroots environmental organizations, the Tongass...

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