Forests

Worldwide, 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 human rights abuses, displacement of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and destruction of critical species habitat. Intact forests are foundational to the cultures, livelihoods and spiritual well-being of hundreds of millions of people; they regulate the climate locally and globally; and they are the planet’s immune system, as rich biodiversity and dynamic, living ecosystems guard against the release of pandemic diseases.

Consequently, 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 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;” advances legislative and regulatory solutions; and seeks to amplify the voices and struggles of frontline environmental human rights defenders.

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Fighting for Corporate Responsibility
Fighting for Corporate Responsibility

After years of pressure from environmental activists, Proctor & Gamble shareholders took a vital step towards protecting our forests.

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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P&G dogged by controversy on forests, human rights at annual meeting for third year in a row

Environmental advocacy groups raised concerns and activists protested for a third year in a row at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) annual general meeting of shareholders.

California Governor Newsom fails to pass the Deforestation Free Procurement act

Amidst ongoing wildfires, California Governor Gavin Newsom today vetoed the California Deforestation Free Procurement Act

US Congress to introduce bill to curb global deforestation

Friends of the Earth welcomes today’s announcement of the Forest Act, a new bipartisan bill to be introduced in the U.S. Senate that seeks to put an end to U.S. agribusiness’s role in enabling illegal deforestation globally.

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At the World’s Largest Corporations, Personnel is Policy: That’s Why Responsible Investors Must Replace Climate Deniers on Corporate Boards
At the World’s Largest Corporations, Personnel is Policy: That’s Why Responsible Investors Must Replace Climate Deniers on Corporate Boards

The world’s largest asset managers call the climate emergency one of the largest material risks to long-term corporate stability.

California’s Paper Trail Leads to Rainforest Destruction in Sumatra – and Governor Newsom Has the Power to Change That
California’s Paper Trail Leads to Rainforest Destruction in Sumatra – and Governor Newsom Has the Power to Change That

Consumers have the right to know where the products they buy come from and to trace them back to the source of the raw materials to ensure that they are not linked to anything dodgy, such as deforestation and human rights violations.

Dirty electricity isn’t renewable fuel
Dirty electricity isn’t renewable fuel

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the most important federal policy you have never heard of. It is also undoubtedly the most broken. For 15 years, it has forced dirty corn ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. 

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