Forests

The loss of forests worldwide accounts for roughly 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and forests are critical to regulating the climate, both locally and globally. Climate change has thrust the decades-long fight against deforestation back into the international spotlight. Deforestation is an urgent problem that has wide repercussions. But forests are not merely the lungs of the earth — they are also the greatest repositories of biological and cultural diversity on earth, and home to 350 million people, including at least 60 million indigenous peoples who have protected and defended forests since time immemorial. Friends of the Earth’s International Forests program works to address the root causes of forest destruction and the marginalization of forest-dwelling communities. We do this through our campaign on Land grabs, forests & finance, and our work to challenge forest carbon offsets.
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A Victory for Forests: Cargill Cuts Ties with Palm Oil Producer
A Victory for Forests: Cargill Cuts Ties with Palm Oil Producer

Friends of the Earth and our allies have pushed businesses and corporations to cut ties with abusive and destructive palm oil companies.

Nestlé Cuts Ties With Conflict Palm Oil
Nestlé Cuts Ties With Conflict Palm Oil

More than 40,000 Friends of the Earth members signed our petition urging Nestlé to cut ties with REPSA. And Nestlé responded.

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Activists protest BlackRock’s ‘hot air’ on climate change

In a series of demonstrations after BlackRock’s annual shareholder meeting today, activists in New York City, San Francisco, and London staged socially distanced protests to criticize the financial giant’s failure to live up to its rhetoric on climate change.

Golden Veroleum Liberia Lays Off Workers, Endangers Communities, Highlighting Failure of Industrial Plantation Model

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company operating in Liberia since 2012, announced recently that it is laying off 440 workers – about a tenth of its workforce – due to unsustainable losses and the falling price of palm oil.

Groups call on Harvard University to stop land grabs as new report exposes harm done to communities in Brazil

Rural communities in Brazil are suffering from food shortages, chemical pollution and violent human rights abuses because of large land deals made by Harvard University in the years following the 2008 financial crisis.

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In Crisis, Learning from Ecologies of Care
In Crisis, Learning from Ecologies of Care

As we face this crisis, there are important lessons we can learn to build the future we want to see as we recover. One of those lessons should be that transforming our relationship with the natural world may be our best bet for safeguarding our future.

We need our tropical forests more than ever
We need our tropical forests more than ever

Our violent disregard for biodiversity and our own part in the web of life has generated a perfect storm of global proportions. When the world returns to normal – if the world returns to normal – let’s use this time to think about which parts of normal we want to…

The Case for Deforestation Free Investing
The Case for Deforestation Free Investing

Who wants to retire into a world blazing with wildfires, raging with floods, and boiling over with mass discontent?

Resources See All
  • How Palm Oil Poses Material Risks to Investors
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  • The Importance of Land Rights for Investors in Agribusiness
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  • Environmental Social and Governance Policies of the Top U.S. Financiers of Palm Oil
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