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!
Tell the EU to ban the ivory trade – NOW!
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!226,068 supporters
Tell the EU to prevent a Silent Spring!124,422 supporters
Nature in Europe is on the ropes, with one third of all species currently threatened. Numerous birds and butterflies are on the verge of disappearing, yet the European Commission is about to sacrifice nature to business interests by “fitness checking” its bird and habitat directives. Tell the EU to put conservation first!
Save the Noah's Ark of the South Pacific!130,712 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 the palm oil mafia out of this forest!138,134 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.
Protect Leuser's iconic wildlife!183,489 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!81,646 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 Island118,000 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!124,815 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.
Last chance to save the Ekuri people’s rainforest in Nigeria!244,042 supporters
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!
Indonesia: ban the trade in wild birds!165,302 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!278,144 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 rainforest141,567 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!114,118 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!256,729 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!135,720 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!189,405 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!148,599 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!133,791 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!147,146 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!
Respite for Siberut's forest: biomass project stalled by protests180,516 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 dam118,608 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!122,963 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!181,426 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.
How many more killings? stop the Agua Zarca dam!152,773 supporters
Environmentalists Berta Cáceres and Nelson García were murdered recently in Honduras. They led a campaign to stop the Agua Zarca dam, which would have a dramatic impact on nature and local communities. European backers dropped the project in the wake of the killings. Tell technology vendors Siemens and Voith to abandon it as well.
Serengeti must not die: save Kenya's Mau Forest148,916 supporters
Mau Forest is a critical source of water for the Mara River – the lifeblood of the Serengeti ecosystem and millions of people living downstream. Inexplicably, the Kenyan government has just authorized the cutting of 17,000 hectares of this forest. Tell them that this is a grave mistake.
Tell UNESCO to recognize great apes as Living World Heritage170,935 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!127,396 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.
Save the habitat of 26,000 Humboldt penguins!225,110 supporters
Chile wants to build two industrial ports in the habitat of the Humboldt penguin, endangering 13,000 breeding pairs of this vulnerable species. The first planned port has already been approved by the authorities. Local environmentalists fighting the project need international support: please sign our petition to have it scrapped.
Gorillas in danger: save Kafuga Forest Reserve!205,127 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!156,379 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!105,987 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 wilderness121,374 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!113,161 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?125,312 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!184,379 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”172,847 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 people175,387 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.
Finland: it's time to recognize the rights of indigenous people!26,726 supporters
The Saami of northern Europe are facing threats from all sides. Timber, pulp and mining companies are crowding into their ancestral land, clearing the boreal forests and destroying their livelihoods. Enough is enough: tell Finland to finally adopt the International Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169).
Take a stand for South Africa’s rhinos!124,903 supporters
South Africa’s rhinos are on the brink – the government wants to legalize trade in rhino horn in an attempt to curb poaching. When this was tried in the past with ivory, a massacre ensued. Please tell the South African government to abandon this wildly misguided proposal.
Jaguars or cattle? Hands off the Los Chimalapas rainforest122,842 supporters
Los Chimalapas, one of Mexico’s last rainforests, is the home of the indigenous Zoque people. They have a long history of defending their forest and its biodiversity against outsiders, but now loggers and cattle ranchers are crowding in while politicians turn a blind eye. Please tell the Mexican government that enough is enough.
Pygmy sloths: here today, extinct tomorrow?132,958 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 cuscus106,621 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 CETA209,529 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 biofuels290,399 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!