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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Nestlé drives rainforest destruction pushing orang-utans to brink of extinction

Feature story | March 18, 2010 at 7:00

Nestlé is using palm oil from destroyed Indonesian rainforests and peatlands, in products like KitKat, pushing already endangered orang-utans to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change, a new Greenpeace report reveals. (1)

Greenpeace presents ‘World Cup of Forest Destruction’ to SBY

Feature story | January 26, 2010 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists today presented the ‘World Cup of Forest Destruction’ to Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, outside the Jakarta Convention Centre, where the real Jules Rimet Trophy is on public display.

Code REDD

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | December 15, 2009

Discussions at these climate talks are often in a highly specialized language that some of us like to call “Alphabet Soup” – because it is conducted almost entirely in acronyms. One such cup o’ soup we’ve been hearing a lot about...

Notes from the top (of a crane)….

Blog entry by Lea Guerrero | November 28, 2009

Filipino Greenpeace activist Joel has spent more than 9 hours on top of a crane in the port of a massive pulp facility in Riau.  Earlier, his team, along with 10 other activists shut down the entire export facility of the mill owned by...

Greenpeace ends 27 hour dramatic non violent direct action in Riau

Feature story | November 26, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace today ended a 26-hour dramatic non-violent direct action at the loading facility of Sinar Mas subsidiary Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) owned pulp and paper mill. Sinar Mas has been tagged by the group as a leading forest and climate...

Greenpeace activists hang a banner reading

Image | November 26, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists hang a banner reading "Climate Crime" from the top of a loading crane in the port of a major pulp mill facility in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Our Climate Defenders are at it again - Pulp exports halted at climate change's...

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 25, 2009

The climate can’t wait, the remaining Indonesian forest can’t wait, and today Greenpeace sent a strong message to world leaders by blocking the Asia Pulp & Paper mill in the heart of the Indonesian forest. This mill is a massive...

Climate destroyer shut down by activists in Indonesian rainforest ahead of...

Feature story | November 25, 2009 at 7:00

With just 12 days before the critical UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, we are taking direct action again today - blocking one of the world's largest pulp mills, in the heart of Indonesia's rainforests. The export facilities have been shutdown by our...

12 Days left to avert climate chaos

Feature story | November 25, 2009 at 7:00

Twelve days before the critical UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, today Greenpeace activists shut down the export facilities of a major pulp mill operated by Sinar Mas owned pulp and paper company APP in the heart of Indonesia's rainforests. Sinar...

A Good Treaty for Forests at Copenhagen

Publication | November 25, 2009 at 8:00

Tropical forest destruction is responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – more than emission from all the world’s cars, planes, and trains put together. Consequently, stopping forest destruction is one of the...

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