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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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Rainbow Warrior sails into Doha

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Rainbow Warrior sails into Doha, challenging the WTO to use the 4th Ministerial Conference to force the US to commit to the Kyoto Protocol.

Rainbow Warrior sails into Doha to challenge

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Rainbow Warrior sails into Doha to challenge the WTO to force the US to commit to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Greenpeace banner on the Rainbow Warrior

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace banner on the Rainbow Warrior during the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.

The Kyoto protocol: victory for Planet Earth

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 0:00

The Kyoto protocol: victory for Planet Earth

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Image | 1 April, 2000 at 0:00

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Action at Enichem plant

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 0:00

Action at Enichem plant

Aurora Borealis over Greenpeace protest against

Image | 31 March, 2000 at 1:00

Aurora Borealis over Greenpeace protest against oil drilling by BP in the Alaskan Arctic.

Greenpeace action against imported genetic

Image | 10 March, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace action against imported genetic contaminated cotton seeds.

Dioxin Elimination - A Global Imperative

Publication | 8 March, 2000 at 0:00

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