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.

Video details



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.

 

take action

 

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.

Learn more about our motivation.

Our vision

Solutions to deforestation exist. We're campaigning for zero deforestation globally by 2020.

Read more about our vision.

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.

Learn more about our impact.

Our current projects

Learn more about our current projects in forest protection.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace: “New York Declaration” on forests commitments are welcome, but immediate...

Media release | September 23, 2014 at 10:44

New York City - Greenpeace welcomed the renewed commitment expressed in the New York Declaration to halting the loss of natural forests globally, announced today during Ban Ki-Moon’s Climate Summit, but raised concerns that voluntary commitments...

Greenpeace Executive Director Philip Radford to Step Down

Media release | January 22, 2014 at 14:26

WASHINGTON, DC --Today, Greenpeace Executive Director Philip Radford publicly announced that he will be stepping down from his position as the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA at the end of April after five years at the helm and ten years...

Palm Oil Giant Wilmar Makes Major Commitment to End Forest Destruction

Media release | December 5, 2013 at 14:30

Jakarta, 5 December 2013 - Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader today announced a No Deforestation Policy in response to pressure from Greenpeace, NGOs and consumers around the world. The policy has the potential to be a...

Greenpeace Catches Palm Oil Giant Wilmar in Forest Scandal

Media release | October 21, 2013 at 23:30

San Francisco, 21 October, 2013 - Household brands that source palm oil through Singapore-based palm oil trader Wilmar International, such as Mondelez (makers of Oreo cookies) and Procter & Gamble (makers of Gillette shaving products) are making...

Endangered Chimpanzees Threatened by U.S. Palm Oil Project

Media release | August 8, 2013 at 9:00

Washington DC, August 8, 2013 – The endangered Chimpanzee stands to have swathes of its forest habitat in Cameroon destroyed if a U.S. company's controversial plans to establish an industrial palm oil plantation in the area are not stopped.

1 - 5 of 78 results.

Tags