Stop logging, extracting, and poisoning the land, species, and waters of the world’s most carbon-dense forests. Instead, protect and regenerate the primary forest with indigenous leadership front and center.
Stretching across 1.5 billion acres of the Northern Hemisphere—from Canada to Scandinavia to Russia (the Taiga) to Japan—the Boreal forests are the most carbon dense forest systems on Earth. They are home to hundreds of Indigenous communities, centuries-old conifers, mossy peatlands, and large caribou herds. However, industrial activities such as oil and gas extraction, mining, and logging are destroying these ancient forests. Oil companies are clearing forests and spewing toxins for large construction and mining projects such as the Athabasca Tar Sands Project in Alberta, Canada. Producers such as Procter & Gamble and Georgia-Pacific are converting virgin fiber into deluxe, plush toilet paper. The boreal forest is being scraped, polluted, and destroyed in ways that will require hundreds, if not thousands, of years to recover. Protecting and regenerating the remaining less than one-third of primary forest is imperative, and supporting First Nations and Indigenous leaders who are taking the helm of conservation and protection efforts is crucial.