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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!

The latest updates


The Story of Greenpeace & the story Greenpeace tells

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | 18 September, 2015

The documentary film How To Change the World has just splashed out on cinema screens in nine countries. It is by far the best telling of the origin story of Greenpeace I've ever seen, and I've seen a few. As someone who has been with...

How to Change the World: Film review

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 9 September, 2015 3 comments

Greenpeace has been documented in hundreds of books, films, television specials, magazine articles, blogs, university courses and doctoral dissertations. On 9 September, in some 600 cinemas in the UK and US, Picturehouse and Met Films...

The bombing of the Rainbow Warrior: 30 years later, the first apology

Blog entry by Tom Lowe | 7 September, 2015

Only a few months ago, Greenpeace supporters worldwide marked the 30-year anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior , when French government agents used limpet mines to sink the ship in Auckland, killing Portuguese...

The island nation rising up to be a hero for climate action

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 13 August, 2015

Out in the central Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator and the International Date Line, lies an island group in Micronesia called Kiribati (pronounced 'Kiri-bas'). It’s not “famous” like Hawaii, Bali or Tahiti but its scenery is just...

Greenpeace India: Undaunted, undefeated and unstoppable

Blog entry by Vinuta Gopal | 23 July, 2015

Greenpeace India ought to be finished by now. We've had our accounts frozen, our reputation smeared and our staff banned from travel. Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Home Affairs has done everything he can to shut down our offices...

China begins the long march to Paris

Blog entry by Li Shuo | 1 July, 2015 1 comment

In the politics of climate change, it doesn't get much bigger than this. The world's biggest emitter last night announced how it intends to reduce its carbon emission beyond 2020.  China has joined 41 other nations to unveil its...

These images show why China could be ready to save climate politics

Blog entry by Qiuxia Wang | 30 June, 2015 1 comment

Air pollution. Nobody can escape it. Young or old, rich or poor, everyone is affected by the fine particulate matter hanging over many cities across China. These images by celebrated photographer, Lu Guang, take you on a...

Why is Greenpeace India having to fight a Government crackdown?

Blog entry by Sondhya Gupta | 29 May, 2015 4 comments

Over the last 15 years, Greenpeace India has had some important victories. We have worked to get clean air, clean water and clean energy for the country. In doing so, we have challenged the fossil fuel industry and held some...

Global Warming Update

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 29 May, 2015 12 comments

March 2015 was the warmest March in a 136 years of records, and CO 2 levels are now higher than they have been in 800,000 years. If you are an environmental activist, or someone who cares and wants to help, you may find yourself...

Is the Spanish Government bullying Spaniards?

Blog entry by Raul San Mateo | 2 April, 2015 4 comments

Imagine a world where the right to protest or organise a rally was only granted to the wealthy. This is about to happen in Spain. Last week the Government passed a pack of reforms that will penalise, with heavy fines, most forms of...

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