Nomadic Penan leader Along Sega and his grandchild examine a tree stump near their village in the Sungai Nyakit area of the Sarawak rainforest in Malaysia. He is 60, a father of nine and grandfather of 30.

Throughout the world, ancient forests are in crisis. Many of the plants and animals that live in these forests face extinction. And many of the people and cultures who depend on these forests for their way of life are also under threat. But the news is not all bad. There is a last chance to protect these forests and the life they support.The world's ancient forests are truly diverse. They include boreal, temperate and tropical forests, coniferous and broadleaf forests, rainforests and mangroves. Together they maintain environmental systems that are essential for life on Earth. They influence weather by controlling rainfall and evaporation of water from soil. They help stabilise the world's climate by storing large amounts of carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change.

These ancient forests are home to millions of forest people who depend on them for their survival - both physically and spiritually.

These forests also house around two-thirds of the world's land-based species of plants and animals. That's hundreds of thousands of different plants and animals, and literally millions of insects - their futures also depend on the ancient forests.

These magnificent ancient forests are under threat. More than 87 human cultures have been lost in Brazil alone; in the next 10 to 20 years, the world looks set to lose thousands of species of plants and animals. But there is a last chance to SAVE these forests and the people and species that depend on them.

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Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | May 12, 2009

From Making Waves Neste Oil’s plans for global leadership in palm oil diesel will drive massive rainforest destruction and climate change Before most of us even had our first cup of coffee this morning, 32 activists...

10 years of saving the Amazon Rainforest

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | May 7, 2009 12 comments

Greenpeace activists deploy a banner around a logged Brazilian Nut Tree "Castanheira". The Castanheira species has been protected in Brazil since 1994, but a large number of trees have been logged before the creation of the planned...

Greenpeace Urge KPK to investigate Forestry Ministry. Again!

Feature story | April 30, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace urged the KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) to investigate the re-issuance of permits to 14 companies for clearing more than 100.000 hectares of forest by the Forestry Ministry.

Protecting Riau’s peatland forests will protect livelihoods and food security of its...

Feature story | April 24, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace and Riau-based NGO, Jikalahari, have released fresh evidence showing that peatland forest destruction in Riau Province is critically impacting the livelihoods and food security of Riau’s river communities.

This Earth Day, become a climate activist

Feature story | April 22, 2009 at 6:00

This Earth Day, help us turn 3 million people into climate activists: starting with you.

Skimping on Climate Is the Priciest Option

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | April 2, 2009 1 comment

From the Jakarta Globe Amid the pressure of the global financial crisis, some ask how we can afford to tackle climate change. The better question is: Can we afford not to? — Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary...

Climate meeting in Bonn: save the forests, but don't cheapen carbon

Feature story | March 31, 2009 at 13:13

If we're to have a hope of saving our planet from runaway climate change, we need to make it expensive for industry to emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses, and we need to make it profitable for countries like Brazil, Indonesia, and...

Greenpeace and Yahoo! launch guerrilla campaign to save orang-utans, tigers and forests

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | March 25, 2009 2 comments

Upon clicking through, you are led to a takeover page that looks exactly like Yahoo’s search site. However, the photos disappear as fast as Indonesia’s forests. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Yet what if there were no...

Activists locked down Sinar Mas headquarters

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | March 20, 2009

From Greenpeace: Making Waves Forest destruction is now universally recognised to cause about 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. This means that cutting down trees is more destructive to the planet than the entire...

Greenpeace calls for political commitment to protect Forests and People in upcoming...

Feature story | March 16, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace kicked-off its “Vote for Forests, Vote for Our Future” campaign along with politicians, celebrities, and supporters at Lapangan Banteng.

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