Wolf in the Denali Nationalpark, Alaska.
The federal Fish & Wildlife Service proposed last week that gray wolves no longer need federal protection in the United States since their population has reached more than 6,000. However, it is because of federal protection that wolf populations were able to rebound after near extinction in the mid-20th century.
Wolves face an uncertain future when leaving it up to states like Wyoming and Montana with strong ranching and hunting communities.
Read more about what this could mean for populations of gray wolves in the United States.
Today is World Environment Day and the Government of Brazil celebrated by dancing to an old tune. Continue reading
Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace
On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we want to show you stunning images from one of the world’s richest places in biodiversity: Indonesia. From whale sharks, to abundant coral reefs and forests teeming with life, the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is currently documenting the beauty and fragility of Indonesia’s natural environment.
The message in these images is simple: this is what we stand to lose if we don’t act now. Continue reading
Bruce Wrobel, the chief executive of Herakles Farms, claims his company’s efforts to flatten a chunk of Cameroon’s dense rainforest to develop a palm oil plantation are borne of a desire to address a “dire humanitarian need”. Continue reading
It was one of those days when we felt like change was in the air – even if it was a small victory it was an important one.
Yesterday, we confirmed that notorious palm oil producer and forest destroyer, Duta Palma, has (finally) been ejected from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally responsible palm oil production. Continue reading
Papuan traditional dancers pose infront of the Rainbow Warrior in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia,
I grew up in West Papua, which sits in the far west of the world’s biggest archipelago. I studied forestry in the province’s capital, but grew up in another city called Jayapura. If West Papua is considered frontier land, then Jayapura is certainly the wild west.
It’s an obscure and isolated part of the world. Wild, green and untamed, this part of the world is home to one of the earth’s last glaciers in the tropics and some of the richest biodiversity on this planet. Continue reading
This week Greenpeace and other leading environmental groups including Sierra Club California, California Environmental Justice Alliance, Asia Pacific Environmental Network, and Friends of the Earth sent a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown in which we urge him to stop a proposal that would allow companies to keep polluting in California in exchange for some highly controversial forest projects abroad. Not only could this have devastating social and environmental consequences in developing countries but it would also allow for higher emissions in California. Continue reading
Greenpeace activists celebrate International Day of Forests in San Francisco by inflating a 42 foot tiger holding a banner calling out Indonesia
Some companies just don’t get the hint. You might claim to be sustainable, you might boast of your membership to corporate sustainability groups, and you might bandy around the United Nations to shore up your “green” credentials.
But the fact is, if you don’t walk the talk, you simply aren’t “green”.
Indonesian pulp and paper giant APRIL, or Asia Pacific Resources International, is one of these.We wrote about it last month, highlighting how APRIL is now the leading driver of deforestation for pulp in Indonesia, despite all its claims of “responsible and best-practice sustainable forestry management”. Continue reading
At Greenpeace, we’re often working hard to help save unique and amazing forests in places like the Amazon and Indonesia. This week, we’re excited to announce a major victory for our unique and amazing forests right here in the U.S.
It started with a simple premise – if there’s no road going into a forest, it’s very hard to get in and chop the trees down. This is why, since 1999, Greenpeace and other NGOs have been supporting what’s known as Clinton’s “Roadless Rule”: a formal federal rule proclaimed at the close of his presidency which aimed to protect the remaining 58+ million acres of unprotected roadless areas in our national forest system.
Greenpeace activists inflated a 42 foot tiger on San Francisco’s iconic Embarcadero on Thursday, the International Day of Forests. The giant tiger helped send a message about Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company, APRIL (Asia Pacific Resources International Limited) which has been destroying huge sections of natural rainforests and tiger habitat.
Over the past few years, you’ve helped us push Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company , APP, to protect the forest while APRIL is still actively clear cutting the rainforest and draining high carbon peatlands to produce pulp and paper. Here in the U.S. we can find APRIL’s paper on our store shelves and in office copy rooms, particularly their flagship brand PaperOne. Continue reading