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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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Telling the oil companies the truth

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 1 December, 2011 18 comments

Today, the Greenland Bureau of Mineral and Petroleum invited the world’s biggest oil companies to a meeting that can have extreme importance for the future of the Arctic. Greenland wants to open up an untouched area of the North-East...

Month in Pictures - November 2011

Slideshow | 29 November, 2011

Personal Energy Outlook

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 11 November, 2011 3 comments

This week the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual World Energy Outlook , saying that we are on the path for irreversible climate change. To me, it's personal. When he was captured, American bank robber Willie...

Top Spot for HP in New Guide to Greener Electronics

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 9 November, 2011

We just released a new version of the Guide to Greener Electronics , which this time ranks 15 gadget and electronics companies on energy, greener products and sustainable operations. HP takes the lead at 5.9 out of a possible 10...

2011 Green Game Changers

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 30 September, 2011 1 comment

The Huffington Post has been kind enough to include me in their list of game changers for 2011. It really is an honour to see myself in the company of such amazing and inspiring people – all of whom are doing fantastic work. ...

Moving the Planet actions from Canada to Nepal

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 26 September, 2011 4 comments

More than 300 activists formed a giant wind turbine in Paris on Saturday, to demand clean, safe energy from the country's leaders. The demonstration near the Eiffel Tower was part of a global day of action on climate change organized...

Airship over Portland Generating Station

Image | 15 August, 2011 at 12:43

The Greenpeace airship A.E. Bates flies over the Portland Generating Station in Portland. The airship bears a message reading “If You Can Read This, You Are Breathing Coal Pollution.” The Portland Generating Station is the fifth highest emitter...

Tim DeChristopher, A New Hero

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 28 July, 2011 5 comments

The environment and the world have a new hero, a reluctant hero perhaps, but someone who in good conscience could not stand by and watch a grave injustice take place without trying to prevent it. Without taking a stand at a risk to...

Raising the masts on the Rainbow Warrior III

Blog entry by Oscar Soria | 11 July, 2011

It was a thrilling weekend in Fassmer shipyard, near Bremen in Germany, where many of us watched a revolutionary mast design being installed on the new Rainbow Warrior. It’s not only a key milestone in the Greenpeace flagship’s...

The Rainbow Warrior III is afloat

Blog entry by Rien Achtenberg | 5 July, 2011 30 comments

A handful of us left Greenpeace International's office in Amsterdam on Monday morning, on a special trip to Bremen to see our new, much awaited Rainbow Warrior III enter the water for the first time. After being under planning and...

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