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!
Seychelles: keep the military off of the tortoises’ atoll!74,841 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 there, putting the UNESCO World Heritage site in danger. Please support our petition to protect the island.
Netflix: stop threatening the lives of howler monkeys!120,345 supporters
Netflix’s series “72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America” falsely claims that howler monkeys transmit yellow fever to humans. This myth has long led to the wholesale slaughter of monkeys by misinformed people. With this series, Netflix is destroying the efforts of awareness campaigns and threatening the conservation of primates.
Tell the EU to drop biofuels!156,505 supporters
Every liter of fuel we put in our cars contains a percentage of biofuel as mandated by the EU. Producing these fuels has a huge impact on the environment, with oil palm plantations in Indonesia going as far as to poison foraging elephants. 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!125,143 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!109,343 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!87,984 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!144,293 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!105,080 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!135,441 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!145,392 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!134,449 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!308,527 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!126,459 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!266,645 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!109,140 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!189,326 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!179,532 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!137,362 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!128,926 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.
Hands off the helmeted hornbill!124,542 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.
Unilever: stop destroying mangroves for convenience food!139,004 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!145,632 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!169,871 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!176,765 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!190,534 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!278,907 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!141,713 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 genetically engineered trees!130,333 supporters
ArborGen, a U.S.-based biotech lab, is seeking USDA approval for its freeze-resistant GE eucalyptus. If the company is successful, GE trees would open the planet’s temperate zones to the same practices that are devastating the rainforests — replacing natural forests with plantations that, by design, eliminate biodiversity.
Stop the sugar industry's assault on Uganda's chimpanzee forest!150,360 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 Europe230,585 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!126,741 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!177,366 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!370,132 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!
Cambodia: Sugar for the EU is destroying our land106,067 supporters
Cambodia exports sugar worth millions to Europe under an EU trade deal. The initiative, which was intended to fight poverty in developing countries, has led the sugar industry to grab the land of 12,000 Cambodian small farmers and their families, leaving them destitute. Tell the EU to stop subsidizing human rights violations NOW.
Stop trashing the habitat of more than 1,000 orangutans!198,721 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!210,381 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!41,825 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!311,531 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!162,239 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!174,005 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!215,502 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!135,984 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!136,477 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!135,390 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!118,060 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!142,381 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!162,277 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!195,995 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!159,435 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!263,621 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.
Free forest guardian Clovis!132,374 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 Island134,919 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!215,650 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!187,401 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 rainforest171,583 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!264,928 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!150,660 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.
Keep coal power plants out of tiger country!177,758 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!149,439 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!162,131 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!229,855 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 dam132,448 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!136,221 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 Heritage214,280 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!138,746 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!220,376 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!171,866 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!121,856 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 wilderness128,165 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!118,971 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?137,609 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!192,350 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”189,646 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 people192,728 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.
Stop the chainsaws: save the home of the Woodlark cuscus120,138 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 CETA244,877 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 biofuels334,933 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!