Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.

Few can dispute the irreplaceable damage caused to forests from illegal and destructive logging around the world, but what can be done to effectively address the problem and reverse the increasing trend of ancient forest destruction? Greenpeace believes that individual and corporate consumers have the right and responsibility to buy wood and wood-based products which do not contribute to environmental and social degradation. Replacements already exist for virtually every form of wood product from ancient forests, from building construction to product packaging.

Non wood alternatives to ancient forest destruction. The economic value of a forest extends far beyond the value of its timber. Traditionally, indigenous peoples have harvested a wide variety of produce from the forest without having to destroy its ecosystem. Rubber, fibres, fruits, seeds, flowers, nuts and honey are just some of the many examples of non-timber forest products.

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Mission Possible: Restoring the Peatland

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 6, 2009

I am now on the peatland area of Semenanjung Kampar, half an hour away by boat from Greenpeace Climate Defender Camp. As far as I can see are bushes, grasses, several trees, and bushes again. Man, this is not the rainforest. Here I am...

Inglourious treehuggers dam climate change!

Feature story | November 4, 2009 at 14:00

If we told you that there was one single way to cut a fifth of global greenhouse emissions - that simply involved hugging trees - would you believe us? Probably not - but that's exactly what's required. And we've got 50 activists in the...

Mélanie Laurent enjoys the spirit and friendship of Climate Defenders Camp

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 3, 2009 1 comment

Mélanie Laurent witnesses forest destruction - where climate change starts - in Indonesia. From Hikmat, media officer at the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia No flashlights. No red carpets. Don’t talk about fancy five-star...

Dam - it's even harder than it looks!

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 2, 2009

Activist Petteri has been hard at work, blocking the drainage of carbon-rich peatland in Indonesia ( read his first update - and why they are building a dam here ). Update 2 This morning we left camp with two pong pongs - local...

The King of the Jungle

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 30, 2009

Earlier this week - myself and four other guys set out from the Climate Defenders Camp to join a team already in the field preparing for a couple of giant banners to be displayed in the peat swamps of Riau , urging both Sarkozy and...

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...

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