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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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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...

Break Free: An unprecedented wave of people power is keeping fossil fuels in the ground

Blog entry by Mike Hudema | 17 May, 2016 1 comment

Break Free was an unprecedented wave of people power. Over twelve days, on six continents, in countries all around the world people acted. Individuals, communities, local and international groups all came together to Break Free...

Greedy coal company is forcing farmers to crawl to get to their land

Blog entry by Aghnia Fasza or Tides | 13 May, 2016

In Batang Regency, on the north coast of Central Java, one of Indonesia's largest coal companies have made themselves at home… right in the middle of land owned by local farmers. How are they able to get away with this? Batang...

How New Zealand stood up to the fossil fools

Blog entry by Nick Young | 23 March, 2016

Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in their country’s history... and it was a beautiful thing. More than 200 people descended on New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference...

How coal is deepening the water crisis in India

Blog entry by Subrata Biswas | 22 March, 2016 1 comment

New Greenpeace International  research released today , on World Water Day, finds that coal power plants around the world consume enough freshwater to sustain one billion people. One photographer in India documented the impacts on...

Evaluating the Paris Deal

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 February, 2016 5 comments

Hope and failure coexist in the Paris climate agreement. One may want to curse or cheer the deal, but it is history now, and we have to get on with it. The agreement provides an opportunity to assess our ecological progress and prepare...

Responding to refugee boats in distress

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 3 December, 2015 12 comments

It's a crisis that can be told in numbers: around 890,000 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe by sea this year, while more than 3,500 have died and it's not over yet. Fleeing war, human rights abuses and persecution, refugees...

Justice denied: the Thai activist who risked all to save his environment

Blog entry | 22 October, 2015 1 comment

The recent Thai Supreme Court acquittal of three men who masterminded the murder of environmental activist Charoen Wat-aksorn, shows a skewed justice system that puts capitalism in front of community. But this is not the only case of...

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