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

 

30 Ideas for 30 Days of Climate Action for the Arctic 30

Blog by Cassady Sharp | October 24, 2013

  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  -Anne Frank In the chilly waters of the Arctic on September 18th, a group of international activists, crew and journalists participated in … ...

Sustainable Palm Oil? No, not really!

Blog by Amy Moas | September 6, 2013

Earlier this week, we released our latest research on the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the certification system touted as the responsible option for the commodity that has been shown to be linked to deforestation, endangered wildlife...

Is being sued for $7,000,000 radical?

Blog by Richard Brooks | September 4, 2013

$7,000,000. That’s a big number. It’s how much Canada’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products, is suing us for. By ‘us’ I mean me. And my colleague Shane. And Greenpeace Canada too. Why? Well, our jobs are to expose forest … Continue...

Ignoring human rights abuses and coal’s uncertain future, big banks line up for piece...

Blog by Ashish Fernandes | September 4, 2013

Green is in on Wall Street. Or so you’d think, if you believe the sustainability policies of some of the United States’ biggest banks. Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley all have paid lip service … Continue...

“Big Thorne” logging threatens the Alexander Archipelago wolf. Greenpeace defends.

Blog by Larry Edwards | September 4, 2013

This summer the US Forest Service approved the largest logging project in two decades on the Tongass National Forest, in Alaska’s coastal rainforest. Greenpeace, along with four other environmental organizations, has appealed the decision to the...

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