Protecting Forests

Ending deforestation is our best chance to conserve wildlife while defending the rights of forest communities, and it’s also one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to slow the effects of climate change.

We are fighting to protect forests around the globe from deforestation and degradation — setting them on a path to restoration. Working together with Indigenous Peoples, allies, and individuals like you, we're calling out the industries and companies destroying our forests, and the governments who have failed to protect them.

Forests help stabilize the climate, sustain a diversity of life, provide economic opportunity, and are the source of culture for many Indigenous Peoples. Yet, forests and other critical ecosystems are hanging in the balance, as there is increasing pressure to convert forests to croplands, pasture, and plantations. Currently, there are deeply inadequate protections against activities that degrade the value of forests.

The decades of exploitation have destroyed and degraded much of the Earth’s natural forests. In fact, we’ve already lost half of our forest land globally. Across the planet — from the Amazon to Canada and Indonesia — large areas are being degraded, due in large part to unsustainable industrial activities. The need to protect those forests that remain is more urgent than ever. Losing these vital ecosystems is displacing communities, threatening the habitats of rare and endangered species, and spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. In 2019, two UN science reports, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Landuse Report, and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services underlined the urgency of saving forests in order to curb the extinction crisis and fight climate change. To avoid further consequences, we urgently need to protect what is left.

In the face of the crisis, inspiring solutions and compelling arguments are not enough. We need to build a movement of people calling for forest protection, species survival and taking action against climate change. A movement that can support Indigenous Peoples rights, call out corporate exploitation of the planet and expose government inaction.

This is where you come in.

Campaign Issues

Rang-tan: the story of dirty palm oil

The Amazon is the world’s biggest rainforest, home to more than 340 thousand Indigenous Peoples and half of the planet’s terrestrial species. Cattle ranching, soya plantations and timber extracting are some of the key drivers of deforestation in the Amazon. Greenpeace has been working with our Indigenous allies to guarantee the demarcation of their lands and exposing the atrocious violence against forest defenders by loggers and land grabbers. We have also been campaigning for zero deforestation and putting pressure on the government to increase forest protection.

After receiving criticism from Greenpeace for its irresponsible practices, Resolute Forest Products (Canada’s largest logging company) decided to sue Greenpeace Canada, and then years later also sue Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International. Three Greenpeace Forest campaigners who were individually named in the suits describe what this experience has been like. They also talk about their own connections to nature, the importance of the Boreal forest, and how a lawsuit against Greenpeace could end up endangering free speech everywhere.