Blog: Forests

Amazon activists are unstoppable, another world is possible

Posted by Martin Vainstein — 20 July 2016 at 5:31pm - 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 4:58pm - 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.

Siemens respond, but what they say is a joke

Posted by efreeman — 14 July 2016 at 10:46am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace UK

After only a week of campaigning, Siemens have broken their silence on their potential involvement with the Amazon-destroying Tapajos dam. But disappointingly, their response is a bit of a joke.

The heart of the Amazon: destroyed?

Posted by India Thorogood — 30 June 2016 at 11:40pm - Comments

 

The Amazon: the threat of illegal logging, cattle ranching and soya farming are enough - but now a series of vast hydroelectric dams could flood an area around the Tapajos river, an area bigger than Greater London.

Getting Tough On Palm Oil

Posted by Richard — 27 June 2016 at 2:55pm - Comments

Indonesia's forests and peatlands help regulate the global climate and contain a diversity of life. They are home to some magnificent species, including elephants, orangutans and tigers. Thankfully, pressure from all of us has secured commitments from some of the world's biggest brands to do all they can to protect them.

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 9 June 2016 at 12:12pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
All rights reserved. Credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.

Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.

How well do you know the orangutan?

Posted by Anonymous — 21 May 2016 at 9:33am - Comments

I’m Richard, a forests campaigner here at Greenpeace. I joined the forests team back in 2013, and since then I’ve learnt so many interesting and surprising things about these amazing animals while trying to protect them. Here are my 10 favourite orangutan facts:

10. Orangutans are ticklish

Did you know this about tigers?

Posted by Anonymous — 20 May 2016 at 4:30pm - Comments

I’m Richard and I’m a forests campaigner here at Greenpeace.

I joined the forests campaign team back in 2013, and since then I’ve learnt so many interesting and surprising things about these amazing animals while trying to protect them. Here are my 11 favourite tiger facts:

10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humans

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

Posted by paulo adario — 16 May 2016 at 10:51am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Ricardo Beliel/Greenpeace
Soy plantation in the Amazon rainforest. The expansion of the soy industry is one of the main causes of deforestation in the region.

This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Peoples, for farmers, for business and for all of us around the world fighting to end deforestation.

This huge Amazon dam was just stalled - but now we need to stop it.

Posted by Anonymous — 22 April 2016 at 3:50pm - Comments
Children playing in river Tapajos
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

It’s a good week for the Amazon rainforest! Just yesterday, Brazil’s environmental agency – Ibama – announced it was suspending the license to build the massive São Luiz do Tapajós dam on the Tapajós River. The reason? The agency recognized the risks the dam project would pose for nearby Munduruku Indigenous communities.

This announcement is an important step for the Amazon and for Indigenous People’s rights in Brazil. We hope this will be a step foward to cancel the mega-dam definitively. Here’s why it is so essential.

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