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 activists hang a banner on a parking

Image | August 15, 2008 at 17:30

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.

Greenpeace activists hang a banner on a parking

Image | August 15, 2008 at 17:19

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.

Greenpeace activists hang a banner on a parking

Image | August 15, 2008 at 16:08

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.

The lockdown of KC’s Fullerton manufacturing

Image | July 25, 2008 at 10:48

The lockdown of KC’s Fullerton manufacturing mill is the latest in a series of actions designed to deliver the message that the company needs to change their business practices. Specifically, they need to use recycled fiber in all of their...

Greenpeace is asking Kimberly

Image | July 25, 2008 at 10:25

Greenpeace is asking Kimberly-Clark to stop flushing away treasured, ancient forests to make tissue and toilet paper.

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