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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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Greenpeace games icon

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace games icon

Greenpeace Stop Whaling game

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace Stop Whaling game

Greenpeace led by the nose game

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace led by the nose game

Greenpeace Spank Esso Game

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace Spank Esso Game

Greenpeace Nuclear Solitaire Game

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace Nuclear Solitaire Game

Greenpeace Shipbreaking Game

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Greenpeace Shipbreaking Game

Rémi Parmentier

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

Rémi Parmentier

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

Image | 1 April, 2000 at 1:00

John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

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