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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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Climate change is threatening coral reefs

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Climate change is threatening coral reefs worldwide.

Part of the Bijagos Archipelago threatened

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Part of the Bijagos Archipelago threatened by the plan for a polluting ship breakling yard.

John Passacantando

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John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Look closer and you will see that US tax

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Look closer and you will see that US tax dollars are helping to fund climate change.

The vanishing Pasterze glacier

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

The Pasterze glacier, is currently losing 5 metres in height and 20 metres in length every year. Scientists from the World Glacier Monitoring Service predict that 95 percent of Alpine glaciers could vanish over the next 100 years due to global...

The Qori Kalis is disappearing at an alarming rate

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

The Qori Kalis is disappearing at an alarming rate: between 1998 and 2001 it retreated an average of 155 metres per year - an alarming 32 times faster than the average annual retreat from 1963 to 1978.

Southern "Right" whales protest George Wrong

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Southern "Right" whales protest George Wrong Bush and Australia's inaction on climate change.

Martha Stewart

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Martha Stewart - Her products contain toxic PVC plastic

What's Esso afraid of?

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

What's Esso afraid of?

Two humpback whales breaching.

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Two humpback whales breaching.

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