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A Greenpeace activist dressed in a polar bear suit holds up a sign advocating the Kyoto Protocol near an entrance to the Forbidden City.

Protests and direct actions

Carbon dioxide, the most significant global warming gas, is odourless, invisible, and an easy thing to ignore as our world heats up to dangerous levels. At Greenpeace, it's part of our job to make the invisible impossible to ignore. Often this means going to the source of the problem - hanging a banner on a coal plant's giant smokestack, for example. Other times, it means reminding decision makers they have a higher responsibility than the corporate bottom line.

(See our Take Action page for how you can help.)

Always we are guided by the principles of non-violence, and our activists have the best possible gear and safety training. We also aren't above using a little humour to get our point across. But as you read about our protests and direct actions, keep in mind that they all depended on individuals, usually just regular people, who made a personal choice to help save their world - even if it meant dressing up like a polar bear!

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Breaching environmental boundaries: UN report on resource limits

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 21 October, 2016 1 comment

This summer, the United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP), published 'Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity', a report that admits what ecologists have been saying for decades: resources are limited, human...

This is The People vs. Arctic Oil

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 18 October, 2016

A new wave of oil drilling threatens the Arctic - but today saw the start of the fight back. This morning a lawsuit was filed that could stop the expansion of this reckless industry northwards - but we need your help. This is...

‘These are our prayers in action’  –  a look at life in the #NoDAPL Resistance camps

Blog entry by Peter Dakota Molof | 17 October, 2016

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and allies have been protecting their water by resisting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would carry 500,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois in the United States.

If you're left without reindeer, there is nothing else

Blog entry by Tatiana Vasilieva | 16 September, 2016 1 comment

“You feed a reindeer and step away - and it suddenly drops dead. Within a day it swells up like a ball ready to burst. We thought the heat was to blame, as they were still in their thick winter coats. A neighbour lost 50 of them.” ...

The photos that inspired millions to take action

Blog entry by Sudhanshu Malhotra | 19 August, 2016 3 comments

On World Photography Day, Greenpeace celebrates the power of photography to inspire action and speak truth to power. It's a tough call to select 10 images from the more than 18,000 that Greenpeace has produced in the last 12 months...

Which country is most likely to repair their electronic gadgets?

Blog entry by Chih An Lee | 15 August, 2016

What happens when your mobile phone dies? Which country is most likely to recycle? And do people repair their phones or just simply throw them away? We did the research to find out... Believe it or not, the humble smartphone ...

Fire Then and Now

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 12 July, 2016

Fire is the fundamental human technology, the foundation of everything that came after in human societies. Controlled fire transformed our diet, physiology, psychology, language, social structure, technologies, and our relationship to...

Earth is in danger, but only we can save ourselves

Blog entry by Peter Willcox | 17 June, 2016 1 comment

I’ve been a captain for Greenpeace for 35 years, fighting for our environment in every corner of the globe. I’ve confronted polluters, poachers, smugglers, terrorists, criminals – both private and corporate – armies, navies, vigilantes...

A new chapter for Arctic oil? Not on our watch.

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 8 June, 2016 1 comment

The 18th May 2016 was just an ordinary Wednesday for most. But for the petroleum industry in the Arctic, it was the "start of a new chapter". If Arctic oil were a fiction novel it would make a particularly dark drama, with no...

Breaking free from fossil fuels – the risk we take is not taking action

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 23 May, 2016

Last week,  #BreakFree2016 wrapped up across the globe. Greenpeace joined with many inspiring organisations in a global wave of peaceful actions that lasted for 12 days and took place across six continents to target the world’s most...

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