ForestsWorldwide, deforestation and conversion of land accounts for nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The destruction and degradation of tropical rainforests driven by industrial agriculture is linked to environmental destruction, human rights abuses, displacement of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and destruction of endangered species habitat. Forests play a crucial role in foundation for culture, livelihood and spiritual well-being for hundreds of millions of people; they regulate the climate locally and globally; and they are the planet’s immune system, as rich biodiversity and intact ecosystems guard against the release of pandemic diseases.
Deforestation is at the center of some of the planet’s most urgent, overlapping crises: Increasingly intense natural disasters, unprecedented species loss, and an epidemic of murder and violence against land and environmental defenders. There is no way to address the climate crisis without protecting the world’s last standing forests.Friends of the Earth’s International Forests program works to address the root causes of forest destruction and the marginalization of forest-dwelling communities. Our campaign on land grabs, forests & finance pressures the world’s largest financial institutions to “defund deforestation;” to promote legislative and regulatory solutions; and to amplify the voices and struggles of environmental human rights defenders on the frontlines of the struggle to save the world’s forests.
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After years of pressure from environmental activists, Proctor & Gamble shareholders took a vital step towards protecting our forests.
Friends of the Earth and our allies have pushed businesses and corporations to cut ties with abusive and destructive palm oil companies.
More than 40,000 Friends of the Earth members signed our petition urging Nestlé to cut ties with REPSA. And Nestlé responded.
Shareholders in Bunge Limited last week threw their weight behind a call for the company to do more to protect forests in Brazil.
Shareholders in agribusiness company Bunge Limited voted today for the company to evaluate and disclose its efforts to eliminate deforestation from its operations.
Friends of the Earth US and Global Witness are urging shareholders in one of the world’s largest agri-commodity traders to vote in favour of tackling deforestation at the company’s upcoming AGM.
A majority of shareholders voted yesterday for Bunge to explain its plans to deal with deforestation, it should be seen as a step forward in the financial sector’s willingness to tackle the issue.
The world’s largest consumer goods company continues failing to address concerns over its deforestation and forest degradation in the boreal forest of Canada and tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia.
Let’s be clear: all exploitation of resources by our industrial society depends on exploitation of the people within whose lands and territories those resources lie.