Blog: Forests

Three small letters destroying the rainforest

Posted by India Thorogood — 23 September 2016 at 2:26pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

Decades of forest destruction by palm oil and paper companies laid the foundations for 2015’s Indonesian forest fires. The Indonesian government responded with a firm commitment to crack down on rogue companies. Hundreds of thousands of us pushed brands like Colgate to toughen up their ‘no deforestation’ policies.

In pictures: Love the Amazon on Amazon Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 September 2016 at 1:49pm - Comments

5th September is the day the largest rainforest in the world is celebrated in Brazil. It’s Amazon Day! With an estimated 16,000 tree species the Amazon is often referred to as the lungs of the planet. It is also home to over 20 million people, including thousands of Indigenous Peoples, hundreds of bird species and mammals and over 2.5 million insect species!  <--break->

In pictures: In the palm of our hands, orangutans on their special International Orangutan Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 August 2016 at 8:00am - Comments

Every year on the 19th August the orangutan gets its own special day. One of the renowned victims of the palm oil industry the orangutans are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of the tropical rainforest. The population of the Sumatran orangutan in the wild is thought to have fallen by more than 50% from 1992-2000, due to the degradation of their habitat.

The orangutans, who for the first few years hold tight to their mother's body as she moves through the forest canopy, can live up to 45 years in the wild.

Siemens, Greenpeace and the Munduruku: a response to Juergen Maier

Posted by Mal Chadwick — 17 August 2016 at 10:06am - Comments

Last week, representatives from the Munduruku Indigenous People visited Siemens’ UK headquarters with a group of Greenpeace activists as part of our Save the Heart of the Amazon campaign. Although he wasn’t able to meet with the Munduruku that day, Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier has published a blog post about our action and the issues surrounding it.

Why are Indigenous warriors and 15 monkeys at Siemens HQ?

Posted by India Thorogood — 10 August 2016 at 10:54pm - Comments

Two Munduruku Indigenous People, 15 mischievious 'monkeys' and a few Greenpeace activists - this morning we’re bringing the Amazon to Siemens’ grey campus in Surrey. The Munduruku have travelled thousands of miles to demand a meeting with Siemens bosses about Amazon dams, after months of ambivalence to warnings from across the world.

Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 10 August 2016 at 11:32am - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
All rights reserved. Credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
IOI concessions were severely burnt during the 2015 forest fires

A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision by the industry's own sustainability group to lift the suspension sends a message that it's OK for palm oil companies to continue trashing forests in pursuit of profits.

5 manifesto commitments the new government can't forget

Posted by FariahSyed — 9 August 2016 at 4:05pm - Comments
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David Cameron may be gone but he still has a legacy - the Conservative Manifesto. It might not sound the most fun, but the pledges that the Conservatives made in the 2015 General Election still govern and guide their policies today, even with Theresa May now in charge.

Here are 5 key pledges the Government made in 2015 that they must remember and deliver on now:<--break-><--break->

In pictures: Tiger! Tiger! Protect these magnificent creatures on their International Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 27 July 2016 at 12:59pm - Comments

Every year on the 29th July the largest members of the cat family have their special day which raises awareness and celebrates these iconic animals. It’s estimated that fewer than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild with almost 93% of their historic range being lost.<--break->

Amazon activists are unstoppable, another world is possible

Posted by Martin Vainstein — 20 July 2016 at 4:31pm - Comments

The Amazon not only encloses a vast amount of biodiversity and serves as a home for Indigenous People, it holds an infinite and unstoppable spirit. From Japan to Mexico, Brazil to Romania, during the last couple of months Greenpeace groups have taken into the street to state loud and clear to Siemens “Stop the Dam!” - “Save the Heart of the Amazon!”

Warriors, snowboarders and solar powered freezers - Janet in the Amazon

Posted by Mal Chadwick — 16 July 2016 at 3:58pm - Comments

This is an update sent from Janet, a long-time Greenpeace activist who we’ve sent to the heart of the Amazon. She’s on a mission to help stop a dam that would cut through the Tapajos river in the Amazon. The dam would risk thousands of species and the livelihood of Indigenous People, known as the Munduruku.

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