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

 

The Amazon's Silent Crisis - ft. Marion Cotillard

Video | July 8, 2014 at 15:20

The Amazon rainforest is under attack. Loggers are stealing the forest. They abuse the system to launder illegal timber with official papers. Much of this timber is then sold all over the world, with two thirds of all timber exported from the...

What We Do: Protecting Ancient Forests

Video | March 6, 2014 at 9:45

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.

Artie - Angry KFC packaging

Video | May 23, 2012 at 8:40

Greenpeace International research has revealed that KFC is sourcing paper for its packaging products from rainforests. Products found to contain rainforest fiber include cups, food boxes, French fries holders, napkins and the famous chicken buckets.

Barbie and Ken: The Breakup

Video | June 10, 2011 at 10:23 10 comments

On June 7th, following Ken's breakup with the iconic superstar, Barbie, Ken and 8 buddies staged a protest at Mattel headquarters in El Segundo, CA demanding that Mattel stop using packaging from materials produced by rainforest destroyers...

Greenpeace Campaigner Rolf Skar updates us on major announcement for Indonesian forests

Video | February 14, 2011 at 10:58

Greenpeace Campaigner Rolf Skar updates us on major announcement for Indonesian forests.

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