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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A solar photo

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

A solar photo-voltaic set-up is on display during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200 kilometers North of Bangkok. The...

Greenpeace volunteers prepare games for school

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace volunteers prepare games for school children who arriving for the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200 kilometers North...

Greenpeace volunteers ready banners for the

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace volunteers ready banners for the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200 kilometers North of Bangkok. The Chang(e) Caravan,...

Five Asiatic Elephant (chang in Thai) walk

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Five Asiatic Elephant (chang in Thai) walk to the location of a Pa-Kam ritual, a traditional ceremony to call on mahout ancestors for for good luck and safety before an elephant journey, at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an...

The clock is ticking...

Feature story | September 8, 2009 at 6:00

An unprecedented global alliance of civil society organizations, trade unions, faith groups and other organizations concerned with climate change, today made its local presence known by mounting, together with the City of Makati, a bike tour for...

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay meets with

Image | September 8, 2009 at 6:00

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay meets with some 70 bikers from the Makati City LGU and from the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)-member organizations before the 90 Days To Copenhagen Bike Tour.

Rice up against genetic engineering and climate change

Feature story | September 2, 2009 at 6:00

Today we're celebrating Southeast Asia's rich heritage of rice cultivation with a giant organic art work -- and reminding governments to protect our most important food crop from the threats of genetic engineering and climate change.

Food Security and Climate Change: The answer is biodiversity

Publication | September 2, 2009 at 8:00

A review of scientific publications on climate change adaptation in agriculture.

Finding our place in the save the world symphony

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | August 29, 2009 9 comments

“What I often say to my audiences is that now is the time to play the Save the World Symphony. It is a vast orchestral piece, and you are but one musician. Yet you are not required to play a solo, but you are required to figure out...

Time is running out to stop climate change

Feature story | August 29, 2009 at 6:00

The world is running out of time to stop climate change and its destructive impacts, which endanger countries such as the Philippines the most. Greenpeace issued the warning today as civil society and environment groups worldwide mark the...

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