Forests are as essential to our survival as they are to the survival of our planet.
Rainforests are home to an unfathomable breadth of biodiversity — wildlife found nowhere else on Earth — from jaguars and gorillas to elephants and orangutans. They make the air we breathe and the water we drink. They provide livelihoods, food, shelter, and medicine for millions of people: local and Indigenous communities who have managed these forests for thousands of years. And rainforests are our best line of defense against climate chaos, storing massive amounts of carbon in their trees and in the ground — where it belongs.
The largest remaining tropical forests in the world are in Indonesia, the Amazon, and the Congo Basin. These tropical forests are complex ecosystems made up of a thick canopy of trees, dense peatland developed over generations, an amazing array of plants and wildlife, and people!
Forests are under attack.
Rainforests are a global resource for all life on Earth. But their future — and ours — is in danger. While the largest remaining rainforests are on different continents, the threats they face are the same: Massive corporations are destroying tropical forests at an unprecedented rate, making huge profits off of deforestation and the human rights violations that too often go hand in hand with it. Lands are stolen from local and Indigenous communities and forests are destroyed for cheap commodities like palm oil, soy, cocoa, pulp and paper, timber, and beef — all for a quick profit.
Endangered species hold on by a thread as their habitat and numbers dwindle in the face of corporate greed. And as forests are burned and bulldozed for profit, all of the stored carbon is released into the world in vast plumes of pollution — turning rainforests from being part of a climate solution to a part of its problem.
Deforestation for corporate greed threatens the very communities and Indigenous People who have maintained and protected these forests for generations, disrupting their food and water supplies, introducing diseases, and threatening their way of life. If rainforests are one of our best lines of defense against the climate crisis, then strong, organized Indigenous People and frontline communities are our ultimate defenders.