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!
NO to free trade with palm oil!63,913 supporters
Indonesia and the EU are negotiating CEPA, a free trade agreement. In its present form, it would drive rainforest destruction by opening the floodgates for palm oil imports to Europe. Indonesian and European NGOs are calling for palm oil to be excluded from the agreement. Please sign our petition and speak out against CEPA.
Mozambique: stop a giant pulp project in the miombo woodlands!77,440 supporters
A Portuguese pulp company wants to clear up to 237,000 hectares – including Mozambique’s miombo woodlands, a unique southern African ecosystem – for eucalyptus plantations. Rural people are being driven into poverty as Portucel grabs their land. Tell the World Bank Group to kill this disastrous project by canceling its financing.
We’re drowning in plastic: tell the EU to act!139,153 supporters
From PET bottles and produce packaging to clothing, plastic is all around us. Yet only 30 percent is recycled in Europe, and the mountains of waste are growing. The EU wants to solve the problem with a new strategy – but not by curbing plastic production. Tell the EU to stop the avalanche of plastic NOW!
Canada: keep tar sand in the ground!82,487 supporters
Teck Resources, a Canadian mining company, is planning the world's largest open-pit tar sand mine. If realized, it would wipe out 292 square kilometers of forests and wetlands. The mine would destroy the habitat of caribou and bears and impact Wood Buffalo National Park. Tell Canada to keep tar sand in the ground!
Hands off the helmeted hornbill!138,918 supporters
The helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction: Poachers in Indonesia are killing these majestic birds for the “red ivory” of its beak, which sells for thousands of dollars per kilo in China. Tell Indonesia, Malaysia and China to properly enforce the existing ban on poaching and trafficking and save this unique species.
Stop the slaughter: NO free trade with South American beef!116,030 supporters
South America's remaining forests and savannas could soon be cleared for vast cattle herds – all in the name of free trade. An agreement with the Mercosur states would flood the European market with cheap beef and in turn open the South American market for European cars. Please say NO to free trade with Mercosur.
Ghana: don’t sell your nature to China53,640 supporters
Researchers have just encountered a rare primate species – the endangered white-collared mangabey – for the first time in the dense jungle of Atewa Forest in Ghana. Yet that hasn’t stopped the government from closing a billion-dollar deal with China to mine bauxite in the protected area. Please speak out against this madness.
Ecuador: save the cloud forests for future generations75,024 supporters
Mining projects are endangering the natural treasures of Ecuador – and one of the biggest threats is a planned copper mine in the Intag region. The inhabitants of the rugged cloud forests northwest of the capital Quito are calling on us for help. Please support their petition.
Tortoises, not troops – keep the military out of the Seychelles!182,111 supporters
Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles is a jewel of the Indian Ocean and home to thousands of giant tortoises. The diversity of fish and coral is astounding – yet the Indian military wants to build a base on a neighboring island, putting the UNESCO World Heritage site in danger. Please support our petition to protect the island.
Save the orangutans and tigers – tell the EU to drop biofuels!201,276 supporters
Every liter of fuel Europeans put in their cars contains a percentage of biofuel as mandated by the EU. Producing these fuels has a huge impact on the environment, with an estimated 100,000 orangutans killed on oil palm plantations on Borneo. The EU is currently reviewing its biofuels policy – now is the time to call for a ban.
Keep loggers and the palm oil industry out of the Peruvian Amazon!142,087 supporters
No permit was ever issued for the road that already reaches deep into the rainforest of Ucayali. Heavy machinery is flattening the vegetation to build a gateway for loggers and palm oil companies. 100,000 hectares of rainforest are in danger. Please tell the Peruvian authorities to put a stop to the construction work.
An EU seal for illegal timber from Vietnam? NO!120,053 supporters
Illegal timber from Southeast Asia – laundered with an EU seal of approval? That could soon become reality. The EU is preparing a trade deal on tropical timber with Vietnam, a hotbed of timber trafficking. Tell the EU that Vietnam does not deserve a trade agreement until it has cleaned up its act.
Sulawesi: stop dredging paradise for concrete!104,188 supporters
Sand is getting scarce. Around the world, sand from beaches, rivers and oceans is being dredged for concrete and land reclamation projects. In Indonesia, entire coastlines are being eaten way by sand miners, for example in Palu Bay on Sulawesi. JATAM, an anti-mining NGO, is sounding the alarm.
Stop felling Canada’s centuries-old forest giants for lumber!158,271 supporters
The temperate rainforests of British Columbia are one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, but that’s not stopping Canadian loggers: 90 percent of Vancouver Island’s ancient giants have already been felled. Tell British Columbia's provincial government of to stop the destruction and protect the remaining primeval forests.
Stamp out the illegal rosewood trade!114,505 supporters
10,000 shipping containers of illegal rosewood worth $300 million have made their way to China from Nigeria. The trade was “facilitated” by $1 million in bribes to Nigerian officials and politicians and intervention by the present UN Deputy Secretary-General. International agreements to control the rosewood trade lack teeth.
Stop Trump's assault on US National Monuments!148,208 supporters
President Trump wants to shrink a number of National Monuments and open them for mining and oil drilling. Irreplaceable natural treasures – including the Pacific Remote Islands, a marine reserve nearly as big as the Gulf of Mexico – are on the chopping block. Tell Trump to take his hands off of America’s priceless natural heritage.
Australia: save the koalas’ forest!155,795 supporters
Australia’s koalas need help: the recent loosening of environmental laws has led to a surge in land clearing and habitat destruction. The state of Queensland does not even require permits in many cases. The rampant deforestation needs to stop NOW.
Stop the assault on Earth's green lung!146,502 supporters
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon are under siege – in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and neighboring countries. Their rainforest home is being destroyed. Please add your voice to the indigenous peoples' appeal to the UN and South American governments to stop the destruction of the largest and most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet.
Take pangolins off the menu now!314,736 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.
Block a highway of destruction through the Bolivian Amazon!136,828 supporters
The inhabitants of the Bolivian Amazon are calling for our help: In 2014, international pressure helped prevent a road through the TIPNIS national park. The government has now revived its road-building plan. Please sign our petition and help block a gateway into the forest for illegal loggers and poachers.
Tell the EU to ban Monsanto’s glyphosate!273,333 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.
Get cocoa plantations out of Côte d’Ivoire’s national parks!133,833 supporters
Côte d’Ivoire was once a tropical paradise, but now its last remaining patches of rainforest are being destroyed for cocoa plantations – not even national parks are safe. The major chocolate producers have turned a blind eye to the ruthless exploitation. Tell Mars and other manufacturers to get the rainforest out of our chocolate!
Don’t trash the rainforest for “green” jet fuel!195,077 supporters
International aviation wants to achieve “carbon-neutral growth” by using up to 285 million tons of biofuels a year, according to the ICAO. What the industry representatives aren't saying: this will mean burning palm oil as jet fuel and destroying rainforests in the name of “green” air travel. Please speak out against this madness.
Stop Monsanto Soy!184,415 supporters
South America’s tropical forests are being cleared to make room for soy plantations. Monocultures of Monsanto GMO soybeans are taking up ever more space – and are being sprayed with highly toxic herbicides. Millions of tons of these soybeans are fed to livestock in Europe. Please demand an import ban for soybeans now.
Stop the destruction of 47,000 km² of Amazon rainforest!151,669 supporters
Brazil’s beleaguered President Temer wants to open a vast swathe of protected rainforest – an area the size of Denmark – to mining and industrial agriculture. With this gift to his cronies, he is hoping to keep himself in office and out of prison for corruption on a grand scale.
Samsung, get out of Papua’s rainforests!134,008 supporters
Smartphones are not the only things going up in flames in the Samsung business empire: the group recently launched a joint venture with Korindo, a palm oil company notorious for slashing and burning Papua’s rainforests.
Unilever: stop destroying mangroves for convenience food!152,262 supporters
Unilever’s “sustainable palm oil” is an empty promise. Its palm oil supplier, Wilmar, is destroying one of the largest mangrove forests in Indonesia – and this is only one of many such cases. Tell Unilever to get palm oil out of its products and stop profiting from the destruction of nature.
Supermarkets: Stop burning Paraguay’s forests for summer BBQs!153,490 supporters
The forests of the Paraguayan Chaco are being cleared and converted into charcoal which is exported to Europe and the USA. This threatens endangered species and one of the last indigenous peoples living untouched by industrial society. Tell European supermarkets to stop selling charcoal made from the destruction of Paraguay’s forests.
Trashing rainforest for biofuel? A TOTAL disaster!178,683 supporters
French oil multinational Total is stepping up its reliance on palm oil and wants to build a “biorefinery” in Marseilles to meet allegedly growing demand for diesel fuel – and this in spite of the European Parliament’s call for biofuels from palm oil to be phased out. Please speak out against Total’s misguided plans.
Save Białowieża, Poland’s last primeval forest!184,267 supporters
There is nothing quite like Białowieża Forest in Poland. Untouched by humans for centuries, it is a treasure trove of biodiversity – but now loggers are firing up their chainsaws. Tell Poland’s government and UNESCO to stop the destruction of one of Europe’s last primeval forests.
Elephant skin for Chinese “medicine”? Stop the killing in Myanmar!199,984 supporters
It’s an evil business: Asia’s elephants are being poached for the latest Chinese quack cure: elephant-skin ointments to treat eczema, acne and digestive problems. Speak out for a ban on trade in elephant skin and other body parts!
Save the orangutans – ban biofuel!281,949 supporters
One of the worst environmental disasters of our time is unfolding in Indonesia: every year, palm oil companies torch vast rainforest areas to expand their plantations. The EU’s biofuels policy is fanning the flames, with more than 1.6 million tons of palm oil ending up in European vehicles every year. Tell the EU to stop biodiesel NOW!
Rainforest to be felled with Norwegian money? Stop it!149,003 supporters
The Norwegian government is considering whether to finance industrial logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twenty million hectares of virgin rainforest could be given to the logging industry. Trade in tropical timber destroys the livelihoods of humans and animals – and fuels climate change.
Stop the sugar industry's assault on Uganda's chimpanzee forest!157,425 supporters
The habitat of 500 chimpanzees in Uganda's Bugoma Forest Reserve is in danger. Conservationists and local residents are fighting to stop a company that has begun clearing trees in the protected area for a sugar plantation. Please call on the Ugandan government to keep precious land out of the hands of such dubious investors.
Red alert for bees: ban neonic pesticides in Europe279,819 supporters
Europe’s farmers are engaged in chemical warfare against nature: Neonicotinoid pesticides kill indiscriminately, including pollinators like bees. Please tell the EU and its Member States to prohibit them.
Stop destroying our national park: no IFC investment in Dangote!133,993 supporters
Conservationist Odey Oyama is standing in an area that was once dense rainforest – a part of Cross River National Park in Nigeria. Industrial conglomerate Dangote cleared the land for a pineapple plantation. Odey accuses Dangote of violating Nigerian law: “Plantations have no business in a national park!”
Don’t sacrifice our rainforest for the Olympics!186,547 supporters
Sarawak’s indigenous peoples are having their forests stolen: tropical plywood from their ancestral home – in all likelihood from illegally felled trees – is being used to build facilities for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tell Japan and the IOC that tropical wood has no place in the Olympics!
Tell the EU to ban the ivory trade – NOW!380,682 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 habitat of more than 1,000 orangutans!204,985 supporters
The peat swamp forests of Sungai Putri are one of the last sanctuaries for Borneo’s orangutans. While the Indonesian government stopped one company from preparing the ground there for pulp plantations, the orangutans are not safe yet: numerous companies are suing against Indonesia's new conservation laws.
Protect Leuser's iconic wildlife!216,999 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!
Tell Burger King to get deforestation out of its supply chain!62,902 supporters
Burger King refuses to answer questions about its suppliers despite overwhelming evidence that the cattle for its beef are fed with soy stemming from forest destruction. Tell the fast-food giant to get deforestation out of its supply chain and to protect the habitat of jaguars and monkeys.
Nigeria: we will defend our Mother Earth!319,248 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!
Ban trophy hunting – save the lions!167,783 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!180,289 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!224,876 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!141,489 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!142,280 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.
The last Sumatran elephants need your voice!145,167 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!127,698 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!148,838 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!180,291 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!200,768 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!166,565 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.
Stop trashing the rainforest for Nespresso coffee pods!268,459 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.
Uganda: stop the destruction of Buvuma Island139,396 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!221,772 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!194,825 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.
A cry for help from the Amazon rainforest176,930 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.
Stop a billion-dollar gift to the palm oil industry!267,375 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!
Eni: stop trashing the rainforest for “green” fuel!154,709 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.
Siberut: our forest is not your biomass!236,112 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 dam137,661 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!141,254 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 UNESCO to recognize great apes as Living World Heritage223,304 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!143,135 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!225,305 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.
Nigeria: oil palms in gorilla habitat?142,465 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!195,024 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”195,370 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 people197,371 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.
EU destroys 700,000 hectares of rainforest for biofuels338,892 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!