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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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Henk Haazen

Image | 8 July, 1995 at 0:00

Henk Haazen, Chris Robinson and David McTaggart on 'Vega' as the RAINBOW WARRIOR II makes an historic rendezvous with the veteran Greenpeace protest yacht VEGA outside the Moruroa nuclear test site

Solar powered house in England

Image | 30 June, 1995 at 1:00

Solar powered house in England. Solar power can provide electricity and hot water for domestic use.

Police and Ministry of Defence (MoD) staff

Image | 17 May, 1995 at 1:00

Police and Ministry of Defence (MoD) staff raided the Greenpeace UK offices searching files to gather evidence about anti-nuclear activities in 1995.

Protests against the dumping of toxic sludge

Image | 7 May, 1995 at 0:00

Protests against the dumping of toxic sludge from industries lining the Kishon River

Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster

Image | 1 April, 1995 at 1:00

Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world. More than 2 billion people - a third of the world's population, rely on the Himalayas for their water.

Testing genetically manipulated seed that

Image | 1 April, 1995 at 1:00

Testing genetically manipulated seed that was created to produce a toxic insecticide.

Greenpeace activists hang a 60 foot banner

Image | 21 July, 1994 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists hang a 60 foot banner from the World Bank's building in Washington to protest its funding of forest destruction.

By 1994 the Orubare had broken into four

Image | 1 April, 1994 at 1:00

By 1994 the Orubare had broken into four smaller glaciers. The glacier catchment basin is vitally important to densely populated Uganda, supplying 500,000 people with water and flowing into the Nile.

Sydney bushfires: Pittwater

Image | 1 January, 1994 at 1:00

Sydney bushfires: Pittwater, northern Sydney. Australia.

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27

Image | 18 October, 1993 at 1:00

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27 dumping nuclear waste.

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