Blog: Forests

In pictures: Fantastic Forests, celebrate Terrific Trees on International Day of Forests

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 21 March 2017 at 10:17am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace
Old-growth spruce-dominated forest in Russia

This year's global celebration's theme is "Forests and Climate Change". The International Day of Forests raises awareness about the alarming rate of deforestation, which not only accounts for 12 to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through forest fires, but also threatens the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples.

Who still banks on destroying Indonesia's forests?

Posted by jamie — 15 March 2017 at 12:07am - Comments
Forest clearance in land owned by a subsidiary of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro, West K
All rights reserved. Credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
Many major banks need to act and refuse funding to palm oil companies that destroy forests

A few weeks ago, HSBC took a big step forward in cutting its links with the destruction of Indonesia's forests by pledging to end funding for destructive palm oil companies. But HSBC is not the only bank lending money to palm oil companies pushing further and further into the forest, and the others now have a lot of catching up to do.

In Pictures: It's World Wildlife Day today!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 3 March 2017 at 2:50pm - Comments

It’s World Wildlife Day today, a chance to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Our image collection shows some of the stunning creatures around us that deserve our protection.

<--break->Whether it's flying fish, penguins, elephants or foxes, their habitats need to be protected from threats like climate change, overfishing or deforestation. 

HSBC promises to cut ties with forest-trashing palm oil companies

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 21 February 2017 at 5:09pm - Comments
A Greenpeace volunteer campaigns outside a branch of HSBC
All rights reserved. Credit: Alban Grosdidier / Greenpeace
Greenpeace volunteers campaigned outside HSBC branches in the UK and other countries

There's been a major breakthrough in protecting Indonesia's forests: HSBC has committed to breaking its links to palm oil companies destroying forests and peatlands. This is a fantastic result for everyone who has been campaigning over the last few weeks, although the hard work doesn’t stop there. The real test now is how those words will be put into practice.

HSBC: what they've said about funding deforestation, and why it's wrong

Posted by jamie — 8 February 2017 at 2:59pm - Comments
Bulldozers clearing peatland forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
All rights reserved. Credit: Kemal Jufri / Greenpeace
Bumitama, the company behind these bulldozers, received loans from HSBC despite breaching the bank's policies

Over three weeks ago, we exposed how HSBC is funding palm oil companies that are tearing up Indonesia's forests. Since then, thousands of emails have been sent to the CEO. Now HSBC is responding to those emails, but what it's saying is at times misguided, and other times just plain wrong.

HSBC boss grilled on Greenpeace campaign at Davos

Posted by Joe Sutherland — 25 January 2017 at 3:27pm - Comments

Last week we revealed that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding palm oil companies who are destroying rainforests in Indonesia. People across the world have since demanded that HSBC stop its profit-hungry palm oil investments.

'You wouldn't risk this place for all the oil in the world' - Introducing the Amazon Reef

Posted by Mal Chadwick — 23 January 2017 at 12:43pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Zig Koch / Natureza Brasileira

Big news: scientists have confirmed the discovery of an incredible coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river!

 

But we can’t celebrate just yet: oil companies are closing in with a reckless plan to drill for oil nearby. Once they get government approval, these companies could start drilling within months. We can’t let that happen.

An oil spill could devastate this amazing place, harming wildlife and ruining local people’s livelihoods. 

Revealed: HSBC linked to forest destruction

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 16 January 2017 at 12:05pm - Comments

This is a guest blog from Annisa Rahmawati, Senior Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding destructive palm oil companies.

Three small letters destroying the rainforest

Posted by India Thorogood — 23 September 2016 at 2:26pm - Comments
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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->

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