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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Those dam treehuggers - saving the climate!

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 29, 2009

There's lots happening at our Climate Defenders Camp now - on the ground in the Indonesian rainforest. Activists from the camp are blocking the drainage of peat canals in the region - in order to protect the rainforest and peatlands.

Climate Defenders Camp

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 26, 2009 1 comment

Our team in Indonesia has set up a camp in the heart of the rainforest where activists will remain for several weeks in order to bring urgent attention to the role that deforestation plays in driving dangerous climate change. Our...

Push it!

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 26, 2009 2 comments

How far can you push a big inflatable globe on a road in Hua Hin, Thailand? Several kilometers maybe? Today, we tried it today and covered all of 200 meters. Today just happens to be the second day of the 15th ASEAN Summit taking...

Greenpeace volunteers from the environment

Image | October 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace volunteers from the environment organization made their way at venue of the ASEAN Summit, pushing a gigantic “earth ball” with the message “ASEAN leaders: U turn the Earth" to challenge the ASEAN to push the world in the right...

Greenpeace volunteers from the environment

Image | October 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace volunteers from the environment organization made their way at venue of the ASEAN Summit, pushing a gigantic “earth ball” with the message “ASEAN leaders: U turn the Earth" to challenge the ASEAN to push the world in the right...

ASEAN: Get serious about climate threat!

Feature story | October 24, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace today challenged ASEAN leaders to demonstrate collective leadership to protect Southeast Asia’s 850 million people from the debilitating impacts of climate change by committing to zero deforestation and low carbon development, and to...

Sending out an SOS

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 1, 2009

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Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" which will be handed over to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The...

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" which will be handed over to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The...

A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank"

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank" containing "small change for the climate." The child is one of five Thai children to hand the "piggy bank" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate...

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