Herakles Harms

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

 

Nature Beauty Moment – West Papua Forest

Blog by Mitchell Wenkus | March 10, 2015

Take a peak into this wonderful West Papua forest in Indonesia. It’s a great reminder of what we’re fighting for. And there is a super cute deer around 30 seconds into the video. I hope this video brings you a moment of peace. The post Nature...

Posted: Good News for Forests!

Blog by Rolf Skar | March 5, 2015

Today, 3M — the company behind the iconic yellow Post-It Notes — announced a new sustainable paper buying policy. This comes after years of campaigning by our friends at ForestEthics with recent support from Greenpeace. The policy, which applies...

10 years after Sister Dorothy’s death, the Amazon is still unsafe for forest defenders

Blog by Daniel Brindis | February 12, 2015

  Today, February 12th, marks the ten year anniversary when Dorothy Stang, the American nun and environmental activist was shot and killed at age 73 in Para State in Brazil. According to her killer, Rayfran das Neves, when she noticed his...

Tackling deforestation – it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it

Blog by Zul Fahmi | February 5, 2015

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) had a history of greenwashing – remember its former Rainforest Realities website? When the company launched its zero deforestation pledge in early 2013, there were those who pointed to this history of making big promises...

In pictures: APRIL’s unhappy anniversary

Blog by Greenpeace Staff | January 30, 2015

It’s been a year since Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) released its latest ‘Sustainable Forest Management Plan’. The pulp & paper company asked critics to believe it was serious about the conservation of Indonesia’s forests and...

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