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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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Greenfreeze

Image | 1 September, 1993 at 1:00

Greenfreeze - ozone friendly refrigerator containing no freons or CFCs.

Greenfreeze

Image | 1 September, 1993 at 1:00

Greenfreeze - ozone friendly refrigerator containing no freons or CFCs.

Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Publication | 24 May, 1993 at 0:00

Hurricane Andrew caused more than US$ 16 billion in damages in the United States. In this 1993 report, Greenpeace policy advisor Jeremy Leggett assessed the options for insurance industry action in the face of mounting costs for climate-related...

Solar and wind power in Germany.

Image | 1 January, 1993 at 1:00

Solar and wind power in Germany.

Control room of reactor no

Image | 1 December, 1992 at 0:00

Control room of reactor no.3 at the Chernobyl plant.

Solar farm in California.

Image | 29 October, 1992 at 1:00

Solar farm in California.

Damage from Hurricane Andrew.

Image | 1 August, 1992 at 1:00

Damage from Hurricane Andrew.

Damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, USA.

Image | 1 August, 1992 at 1:00

Damage caused by Hurricane Andrew, USA.

Valley of death - Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Image | 1 May, 1992 at 1:00

Valley of death - Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against

Image | 1 May, 1992 at 0:00

Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against ozone destroying chemicals

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