Protect Forests

The Earth cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. They are home to over two-thirds of the world’s species. They are like the green lungs of the planet, supplying us with oxygen and helping to balance rainfall and the climate.

Yet our forests are at risk. They are being logged for chocolate, toothpaste, tissue paper, magazines, animal feed and more. They are being burned, degraded and logged at astonishing rates – as much as 80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed. Unique wildlife like orangutans and the clouded leopard are pushed to the brink of extinction, while indigenous people are uprooted from their traditional homes.

Forest destruction also fuels climate change: The world’s forests store hundreds of billions tons of carbon, many times more the annual greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. When forests are degraded or destroyed, this carbon is released into the atmosphere.

Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation by 2020 to protect what is left of these extraordinary ecosystems.

In East Asia, Greenpeace is working to stop Mainland China and Taiwan’s role in forest destruction – they are major purchasers of paper and wood products from Southeast Asia’s Paradise Forests, the Amazon and Africa’s rainforests.

  • We are campaigning for logging companies to end deforestation in ancient forests and peatlands, which are critical to protecting biodiversity and reducing climate change.
  • We are pushing businesses to source their wood and timber from forests that are managed ecologically and sustainably.
  • We are lobbying governments to strengthen their forest protection policies and set up reserves that safeguard them from commercial activities.
  • We are also protecting China’s remaining natural forests from conversion to plantation and logging activities through investigation and awareness building.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace stops ship loading rainforest timber

Feature Story | 2008-09-03 at 6:00

(UPDATED!) Greenpeace has stopped a ship loading piles of logged timber from the Paradise Forests.

Greenpeace ship begins Forests for Climate tour

Feature Story | 2008-08-29 at 6:00

Greenpeace ship, the Esperanza, has landed in Papua New Guinea, on the first stage of its Forests for Climate tour with a colourful welcome by locals.

Victory - Indonesian peat forest wins temporary protection

Feature Story | 2008-08-21 at 6:00

Good news for Indonesia's forests and the climate! The province of Riau has announced an interim ban on forest clearing. Riau, one of the areas currently worst affected by rapid deforestation, will keep the ban until a national law is agreed.

Paper Tigers - APP's polluting China arm seeks IPO

Feature Story | 2008-08-14 at 6:00

(Updated 7 October) Greenpeace East Asia and local green groups are lobbying the Chinese government to reject Gold East Paper's application for a domestic listing because of its shocking environmental record.

Book Lovers for Forests

Feature Story | 2008-07-16 at 6:00

During the upcoming Hong Kong Book Fair between July 23 and 29, Greenpeace will hold the first "Green Day" to promote the use of Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF) papers in the book publishing sector, in order to protect our forests. Please donate us...

56 - 60 of 93 results.

Categories