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!