Petitions for rainforest protection
Your signature can make a real difference. Our petitions expose destructive projects and name the perpetrators. Together we can have an even greater impact!
Last chance to save the Ekuri people’s rainforest in Nigeria!
Spectacular trees reach for the sky in one of the last rainforests in densely-populated Nigeria. The forest – habitat of chimpanzees and forest elephants and home to the indigenous Ekuri – is about to be destroyed for a superhighway to nowhere. The Ekuri are standing up against the project and need international support – please sign!266,136 supporters
Ban trophy hunting – save the lions!75,886 supporters
Africa is losing its lions: within only four decades, their population has been decimated by 90 percent. Humans are destroying and fragmenting their natural habitat, while trophy hunters are killing thousands of Africa’s iconic big cats. Please speak out for better protection of lions and their habitat.
We need our land, not oil palms!101,674 supporters
The massive oil palm development in the Philippines has grave implications not only for indigenous people’s land, tradition and culture, but also the country’s environment and the lives of future generations of Filipinos. Tell the government and authorities of Palawan and Mindanao to stop Malaysian and other oil palm investments.
NO to industrial gold mining in the forests of French Guiana!77,843 supporters
The French government is quietly promoting the industrialization of the gold sector in French Guiana. The Montagne d'Or project, scheduled for 2018, would become the largest gold mine on French soil. Not only would it have serious human and environmental impacts, it would also open the floodgates for other mining multinationals!
Keep Liberia’s illegal timber out of the EU!119,119 supporters
The EU has signed a timber trade agreement with Liberia, but buying from its deeply corrupt logging industry is bad for the country's development and worse for its rainforest. Tell the EU to keep timber from Liberia’s fundamentally illegal logging concessions out of Europe. Please join our protest and sign our petition to the EU.
Stop logging the Temiar people’s ancestral forest!119,560 supporters
Loggers are destroying precious forests in the Malaysian province of Kelantan. The indigenous Temiar have built barricades to protect their land against further plunder, but the government is violently repressing their peaceful protest. Please show your solidarity with the Temiar by signing our petition.
Keep roads out of Sabah's elephant forest!220,020 supporters
Demand for ivory is a grave threat to Sabah’s pygmy elephants. Yet Malaysia is building new roads deep into their habitat that will make life much easier for poachers, loggers and palm oil companies. Tell the Malaysian government to stop the construction NOW.
The last Sumatran elephants need your voice!105,067 supporters
Some of the last Sumatran elephants roam the forest of Sepintun – a habitat that is being trashed for oil palm, pulp and rubber plantations. Conservationists have now discovered the remains of poached elephants there. Tell the authorities to give the elephants’ home the protection it deserves!
A cry for help from West Africa: save us from extinction!89,060 supporters
The future looks grim for the critically endangered western chimpanzee. Protected areas are urgently needed to stop their habitat from shrinking further. Please lend our closest kin your voice and tell the governments of West Africa to do everything they can to save them.
Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Unilever: NO to child labor for palm oil!126,794 supporters
Instead of going to school, many children are forced to work on the oil palm plantations of the Wilmar Group and affiliated companies. According to Amnesty International, child labor taints the palm oil used by numerous household brands: Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.
Save the Noah's Ark of the South Pacific!146,766 supporters
Makatea Atoll in French Polynesia is a veritable treasure trove of nature in the middle of the South Pacific. That may soon be history, however – an Australian company wants to mine the tiny island for phosphate to produce synthetic fertilizer. Please stand with the Makatea islanders against this looming ecological disaster.
Keep oil palm plantations out of this forest!185,158 supporters
New York-based investors are eyeing Cameroon’s rainforests for industrial-scale oil palm plantations. U.S. diplomats strong-armed the Cameroonian government into pushing the project through against the will of the local people, who are fighting to keep the bulldozers at bay. Tell Cameroon to reject the project once and for all.
The trees are bleeding: stop the loggers NOW!137,625 supporters
Rosewood logs spattered with red sap – as if they were bleeding – are laid out by the roadside. “If a ban is not enforced immediately, there will be nothing left,” warns conservationist Hazel Chapman. The loggers are not even stopping for Gashaka Gumti National Park. Tell Nigeria’s environment minister to ban the export of rosewood.
Tell the EU to ban the ivory trade – NOW!285,527 supporters
The EU sees itself as a conservation leader, yet it has a blind spot for the ivory business. The trade in “antique” ivory remains legal in the EU – a convenient loophole to launder tons of freshly poached tusks and export them to Asia. Tell the EU to kill the trade – before the trade kills the last elephants!
Stop trashing the rainforest for Nespresso coffee pods!229,867 supporters
More and more coffee drinkers swear by single-cup pods – a booming business for Nespresso, Keurig and others. Pods are tough on the planet, however: bauxite mines are eating into rainforests for the needed aluminum, most of which ends up in landfills after use. Tell the coffee companies to put an end to this needless destruction.
Protect Leuser's iconic wildlife!194,331 supporters
Nothing compares to the Leuser Ecosystem on Sumatra. It's the last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos share a habitat. That may soon be history – a new land use plan has stripped Leuser of its protection, leaving it wide open for roads, plantations and mining. Tell the government of Aceh to protect Leuser now!
Free forest guardian Clovis!105,896 supporters
The inhabitants of Madagascar are struggling to preserve what remains of their unique natural heritage. Last year, environmentalist Armand Marozafy spent five months behind bars for blowing the whistle on timber traffickers. Now his friend Clovis Razafimalala is being imprisoned on fabricated charges. Please call for Clovis’ release!
Uganda: stop the destruction of Buvuma Island125,696 supporters
10,000 hectares of forest near Lake Victoria are about to be destroyed for oil palm plantations: the Ugandan government is awarding land on Buvuma Island to international investors. The island’s inhabitants, however, want to protect their nature, homes and livelihoods. Please support their struggle with your signature.
Get carcinogenic refined palm oil out of our food!149,510 supporters
Food safety experts are warning of palm oil’s health risks: the refined oil contains contaminants that can cause cancer and organ damage. Toddlers and children are especially vulnerable. Tell the EU to act on the findings and protect our health by banning palm oil.
Indonesia: ban the trade in wild birds!172,018 supporters
It’s a scene out of a nightmare – thousands of birds are packed tightly into small cages in Indonesia’s markets. Trappers supplying these markets are driving thirteen species to the brink of extinction and are having an incalculable impact on biodiversity. Tell the Indonesian government to ban the trade now.
Take pangolins off the menu now!285,258 supporters
Pangolins are nearly extinct in the wild. Yet in Vietnam and China, the animals are still considered a delicacy and their scales are in great demand for traditional "medicine". Call on the Chinese and Vietnamese governments to stop the pangolin from being hunted to oblivion.
A cry for help from the Amazon rainforest156,222 supporters
Brazil’s indigenous Paiter Surui people are desperate for help: armed illegal loggers, gold and diamond miners are invading their ancestral land, felling trees, poisoning rivers and threatening the forest dwellers at gunpoint. Tell the Brazilian government to stop this unfolding environmental and humanitarian disaster NOW.
Don’t trash the rainforest for “green” jet fuel!135,901 supporters
The international aviation industry wants to achieve “carbon-neutral growth” using biofuels. This would almost inevitably involve palm oil and the further destruction of rainforests for oil palm plantations in the name of “green” travel. Please join us in speaking out against the ICAO’s misguided plan.
Stop a billion-dollar gift to the palm oil industry!260,139 supporters
Bad news for the rainforest and its inhabitants: Indonesia’s President Widodo is planning a $1.35 billion biofuel subsidy that would dramatically speed up deforestation. Please speak out against this insanity!
Stop the sellout of Liberia’s unique forest heritage!141,234 supporters
Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company, holds hundreds of thousands hectares of land as an agricultural concession. GVL is now pushing to permit logging for export in its concession. International environmentalists are calling for a ban on the export of such timber to prevent the further destruction of rainforests.
Tell the EU to stop aiding ivory traffickers!196,881 supporters
Poachers kill an African elephant every 15 minutes on average. Despite the desperate situation of these wildlife icons, the EU opposes a total ban on ivory sales that would be crucial to elephants' survival. Tell the EU not to make itself an accessory to criminal gangs of poachers and ivory traffickers.
Keep coal power plants out of tiger country!161,669 supporters
The Sundarbans – the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to Bengal tigers and millions of villagers – has weathered cyclones and tsunamis. Now the UNESCO World Heritage Site faces a new threat: the planned Rampal coal power plant in Bangladesh. Tell Exim Bank India to cancel the financing of this potentially disastrous project.
Eni: stop trashing the rainforest for “green” fuel!138,356 supporters
The Italian Eni energy group is selling a new, supposedly sustainable diesel fuel that contains 15% palm oil. Diesel+ has been available at 3,500 Eni service stations since mid-January. Yet the fuel is anything but "green" – the plantation industry that supplies Eni's palm oil is the worst driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia.
Stop financing cruel factory farms!152,998 supporters
European institutions are financing cruelty to animals on a staggering scale. In a recent example, Belarus egg producer Servolux applied for funds from the EBRD, a European development bank, to build a giant poultry factory with battery cages that would be illegal in the EU. Tell the EBRD not to approve public funds for factory farms!
Siberut: our forest is not your biomass!185,470 supporters
An energy company wants to cut down rainforest to make way for 20,000 hectares of biomass plantations on Siberut, one of the most enchanting islands of Indonesia. The project was recently put on hold after vehement protests by the indigenous people and international community – let's make sure that it is scrapped once and for all!
Panama: don’t evict Ngäbe families for the Barro Blanco dam123,038 supporters
For years, Panama’s indigenous Ngäbe Buglé community has been locked in a struggle to keep its ancestral land: the Barro Blanco dam is a hydropower project that threatens to flood their homes and schools, as well as their religious, archaeological and cultural sites. Please sign our petition against their impending forced relocation.
NO to gold mining in Colombia’s Yaigojé Apaporis National Park!127,358 supporters
Two North American companies want to dig for gold in a national park in Colombia’s Amazonas Department. The miners are using the free trade agreement between Colombia and the U.S. to sue the country for $16.5 billion and bring the Colombian government to its knees. It’s a foretaste of what we can expect under TPP and TTIP.
Tell the EU to ban Monsanto’s glyphosate!186,268 supporters
Glyphosate is everywhere – the world’s best-selling herbicide is slowly poisoning the environment and our food supply. The World Health Organization classified it as a probable carcinogen, but that’s not stopping the EU from wanting to approve its use for another 15 years! Tell the EU and its member states to ban glyphosate in Europe.
Tell UNESCO to recognize great apes as Living World Heritage193,634 supporters
Bonobos, orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas are facing extinction. Please support the Great Ape Project’s call for UNESCO to recognize our closest relatives as a Living World Heritage before it’s too late.
Get Stihl chainsaws out of the rainforest!131,298 supporters
German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl is making itself an accomplice to the illegal destruction of rainforests in Malaysia: the distribution of Stihl equipment there is handled by KTS Group, an opaque web of timber and palm oil companies notorious for running roughshod across the land of indigenous peoples.
Gorillas in danger: save Kafuga Forest Reserve!209,412 supporters
Nearly half of Earth's remaining mountain gorillas – only around 400 animals – live deeply secluded in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park. But now, tea planters want to clear-cut an adjoining buffer zone, Kafuga Pocket Forest Reserve. The destruction of the forest would push the critically endangered gorillas one step closer to extinction.
EU: ban the import of blood timber NOW!161,943 supporters
Lush rainforest covers much of the Central African Republic. Yet civil war and illegal logging are taking their toll, with brutal militias funding their operations by collecting protection money from criminal loggers. Most of the illicit timber is destined for Europe. Call on the EU to ban imports of blood timber from CAR.
Cameroon: NO to land grabbing for palm oil!112,240 supporters
6,000 small farmers and their families in Cameroon have had their livelihoods wiped out by Socfin, a Luxembourg-based company that grabbed their land for plantations. Please tell Socfin and major shareholder Bolloré to respect their rights and return their land.
Romania: stop the assault on Europe's last pristine wilderness123,959 supporters
Bears and wolves still prowl the ancient forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Yet their days are numbered: organized criminals are illegally clear-cutting entire hillsides to supply European timber companies. Tell the Romanian environmental ministry to put a stop to the destruction.
Deforestation for chocolate? No thanks!115,233 supporters
Illegal cocoa farms are eating away at protected forests in Côte d’Ivoire and destroying the habitat of primates. Chimpanzees and several monkey species have all but disappeared from the Dassioko Sud and Port Gauthier reserves. Please call on the Ivoirian government to set up a ranger program to police the protected areas effectively.
Nigeria: oil palms in gorilla habitat?129,468 supporters
Palm oil giant Wilmar's plantations are encroaching on protected Nigerian forests, including Cross River National Park, the home of critically endangered gorillas. Tell Wilmar and its major buyer Unilever – the manufacturer behind brands such as Dove, Becel, Flora and Hellmann’s – to stop NOW.
Globalization gone mad: Stop the Nicaragua Canal!188,209 supporters
Nicaragua is planning a new canal for container ships and oil tankers. While the project is economically important for China – the apparent driving force behind the canal – it would mean clear-cutting rainforests, mass resettlement and destroying Lake Nicaragua’s ecosystem. Please speak out against this looming environmental disaster.
Papua: “Surrendering our land would be suicide”177,856 supporters
Indonesia’s President Widodo took office in 2014 promising to protect forests and respect the rights of indigenous people. Now he wants to turn 1.2 million hectares of rainforest and indigenous land in Papua into industrial plantations. Let’s remind him of his election promise!
The death of the forest is the end of our people183,132 supporters
Brazilian indigenous peoples are currently locked in a fight for survival: Big Business is pushing to scrap the constitutional protection of their ancestral territories and clear even more rainforest for soy monocultures, cattle, hydropower and mining. Tell the Brazilian government to get its priorities right.
Pygmy sloths: here today, extinct tomorrow?140,565 supporters
It's hard to imagine a more disarming creature than the pygmy sloth. About half the size of a cat and completely helpless against human predation, it is one of the world's most endangered mammals. Tell the Panamanian authorities to protect them NOW.
Stop the chainsaws: save the home of the Woodlark cuscus111,289 supporters
This charming creature is the Woodlark cuscus, a marsupial that lives on Woodlark Island, a small tropical paradise off Papua New Guinea. The cuscus' sole habitat is in grave danger – please speak out to stop their forests from being felled for lumber and patio furniture.
Stop deforestation for tar sand oil: Say no to CETA235,530 supporters
Vast swathes of land are being devastated and rivers polluted for Canadian tar sand crude – the world’s dirtiest oil. While tar sand oil is currently banned in the EU, the oil industry will force open Europe’s door if the CETA trade agreement is ratified. Speak out against CETA!
EU destroys 700,000 hectares of rainforest for biofuels302,378 supporters
The EU wants to save our climate with supposedly green biofuels and has deemed palm oil "sustainable". Yet on the other side of the globe, rainforests are being clear-cut to produce the 1.9 million tons of palm oil that end up in European fuel tanks every year. Tell EU legislators to put an end to this tragically misguided policy!