Our vision


Solutions to deforestation exist.

We're campaigning for zero deforestation globally by 2020.

And how do we plan to do this exactly?

Greenpeace is campaigning for a future that will allow our forests to thrive - filled with unique wildlife and able to sustain local people and economies whilst cleaning the air of carbon: a future with no deforestation.

This may be ambitious, but it is possible. In fact, because stopping forest destruction is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to prevent catastrophic climate change, we think it's essential.

To protect these precious ecosystems, the international communitycorporationsindigenous communities and individuals will need to work together in an unprecedented, concerted effort. Greenpeace is campaigning to realize this vision in several ways.  

Let's start with YOU. 

Consumer Power

Consumer power - or people power - works. It works because the destruction of ancient forests is driven by global demand for products like paper, timber and palm oil, and only thrives because most consumers rarely hold the producers accountable. But, when we do - en masse - our power is phenomenal.

We believe that consumer power - when combined with political solutionscorporate action and the work of forest communities - can help to achieve our vision of zero deforestation by 2020.  Read more about the impact consumers have had on convincing corporations like Kimberley-ClarkKraft and Burger King  to minimize their contribution to deforestation.

Corporations/Markets

If corporations have the ability to destroy the world's intact forests, they also have the power to help save them. 

Companies can make an impact by introducing zero-deforestation policies that require suppliers to produce commodities such as timber, beef, soy, palm oil and paper fiber in a way that has a minimal impact on natural forests and the climate. Companies can also introduce paper procurement policies that set ambitious targets to maximize use of post consumer recycled wood, pulp, paper and fiber in their products and ensure that any virgin fiber used is certified by a rigorous third party certification system such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Read more about the Forest Stewardship Council.

Greenpeace investigates, exposes and confronts environmental abuse by corporations around the world, and takes action with its supporters. Our campaigns have shifted the buying behavior of major companies, creating immediate impacts in the market and on the ground. Dig deeper into what our research has uncovered.

Be a forest-friendly consumer! 

  • Buy forest-derived products made from 100% post-consumer content materials 
  • Buy virgin-forest fiber products with a seal from a credible forestry certification system, like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Learn about the FSC and false forms of forest certification
  • As a consumer ask questions about how the products you buy impact the forests.
  • Educate your friends, family, and community about how our actions here can impact forests thousands of miles away.

Politics

In order to achieve zero deforestation by 2020 we need ambitious and science-based domestic and international forest policies from our government.

We use U.S. laws like the Wilderness Act, Lacey Act and the Roadless Rule to protect U.S. forests and stop illegal wood products from entering the U.S. marketplace.

We also support and use treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to help protect forests and the endangered plant and animal species that rely on forests for habitats.

The international community must also urgently commit to mechanisms that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in tropical forest developing nations. Forests for Climate is a landmark proposal for an international funding mechanism to protect tropical forests. Developing countries with tropical forests that choose to participate in Forests for Climate would make commitments to protecting their forests and in exchange would have the opportunity to receive funding for capacity-building efforts and for national-level reductions in deforestation emissions. This would provide a strong incentive for developing countries to continually improve their forest protection programs. Read more about Forests for Climate. Read more about forest protection deals.

Read more about Forests for Climate.

Read more about forest protection deals.

The latest updates

 

Victory: Mattel and Barbie Drop Deforestation!

Blog by Laura Kenyon | October 5, 2011 7 comments

Mattel's new packaging policy means they won't buy from Asia Pulp and Paper, a company destroying Sumatran tiger habitat for paper products. We all know that break ups are hard. Especially when they involve secrets – like the...

Bearing witness to the threatened beauty of Indonesian rainforests

Blog by Cakra Prathama, Greenpeace Indonesia | October 3, 2011 3 comments

For ten days now we have been touring Sumatra to bear witness to the true state of Indonesia’s rainforests - and everywhere we go we see forest destruction. It’s distressing, but at the same time it drives us to keep fighting...

Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

Blog by Greenpeace International | September 26, 2011 1 comment

Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world. zoom ...

Deni celebrate their forest homeland in the Brazilian Amazon

Blog by Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil | September 19, 2011 1 comment

Greenpeace volunteers helped the Deni, a people indigenous to the Brazilian Amazon, demarcate their homeland: 1,6 million acres of fantastic forest. Image: Greenpeace September 11th, 2001 was not only a day of major tragedy in...

Forest Crimes Unit: Brazil- Congressman fined for forest crime

Blog by Daniel Brindis | August 10, 2011 1 comment

A story straight out of late night crime drama, (minus the one-liners and  soundtrack by The Who ). Brazilian congressman Raimundo Coimbra Júnior, from the state of Tocantins, set fire to 153 hectares of protected rainforest, but was...

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