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

 

Greenpeace Applauds Nike's New Amazon Policy

Media release | July 21, 2009 at 18:00

Today, Nike announced a new policy that ensures the leather used in Nike shoes will not contribute to global warming caused by Amazon deforestation.

Obama Administration Cuts Both Ways

Media release | July 16, 2009 at 18:00

In contradicting moves today, the Obama administration’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Interior made major announcements to protect and degrade roadless wildlands.

Obama Administration Cuts Both Ways

Media release | July 15, 2009 at 18:00

In contradicting moves today, the Obama administration’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Interior made major announcements to protect and degrade roadless wildlands.

Cattle industry giant Marfrig takes lead in ending Amazon destruction

Media release | June 22, 2009 at 18:00

The world’s fourth largest beef trader, Marfrig, announced a moratorium last night that will prevent the company from buying cattle raised in newly deforested areas within the Amazon(1). The move by Marfrig comes in the wake of the release of an...

World Bank Withdraws Loan to Brazilian Cattle Giant

Media release | June 12, 2009 at 18:00

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a $90 million dollar loan to Brazil’s cattle giant Bertin. The loan was used for the company to further expand into the Amazon region, which was...

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