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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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Sandstorms originating from the Mongolian

Image | 10 April, 1998 at 1:00

Sandstorms originating from the Mongolian desert can reach as far as Japan. Each year, volunteers from Japan come to plant trees in Western China.CONTRACT HAS EXPIRED AND GREENPEACE CAN NO LONGER USE THESE IMAGES - UNLESS A FEE IS PAID TO THE...

Bleached coral

Image | 1 April, 1998 at 1:00

Bleached coral, Great Barrier Reef. Effects of climate change.

Oil refinery in The Netherlands.

Image | 1 April, 1998 at 1:00

Oil refinery in The Netherlands.

Bleached coral

Image | 1 April, 1998 at 1:00

Bleached coral, Great Barrier Reef. Effects of climate change.

Plutonium caskets are being loaded onto PACIFIC

Image | 20 January, 1998 at 1:00

Plutonium caskets are being loaded onto PACIFIC SWAN, to be transported to Japan.

Monarch butterfly

Image | 1 January, 1998 at 1:00

Monarch butterfly, affected by GE maize modified to kill insects eating from it.

Harvest of organic cotton.

Image | 1 December, 1997 at 1:00

Harvest of organic cotton.

Activists chained to rail tracks

Image | 17 November, 1997 at 1:00

Activists chained to rail tracks, blocking nuclear Castor transport from Goesgen to La Hague.

Goesgen nuclear power plant with nuclear

Image | 17 November, 1997 at 1:00

Goesgen nuclear power plant with nuclear Castor transport.

Fossil Fuel consumption in Asia is one of

Image | 12 November, 1997 at 1:00

Fossil Fuel consumption in Asia is one of the contributors to a brown cloud of pollutants stretching across the region.

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