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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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Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against

Image | 1 May, 1992 at 0:00

Previous protests at chemical giant ICI against ozone destroying chemicals

SOLD

Image | 1 April, 1992 at 1:00

SOLD - banner hanging from the side of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit in 1992.

Dillon oil rig. Cook inlet, Alaska.

Image | 30 July, 1991 at 1:00

Dillon oil rig. Cook inlet, Alaska.

Rainbow Warrior in full sail off Honolulu

Image | 1 July, 1990 at 1:00

Rainbow Warrior in full sail off Honolulu, Hawaii.

Smokestacks of coal power station.

Image | 15 June, 1990 at 1:00

Smokestacks of coal power station.

SV RAINBOW WARRIOR II in full sail between

Image | 1 June, 1990 at 1:00

SV RAINBOW WARRIOR II in full sail between Majuro and Ebeye in the Marshall Islands.

MV GREENPEACE in Irish Sea sailing from Dublin

Image | 25 May, 1990 at 1:00

MV GREENPEACE in Irish Sea sailing from Dublin to Rosslare.

Greenpeace balloon protest against CFC production

Image | 22 April, 1990 at 1:00

Greenpeace balloon protest against CFC production in Spain.

Sea otter at rehabilitation centre in Valdez

Image | 30 March, 1989 at 0:00

Sea otter at rehabilitation centre in Valdez after Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Sea otter at rehabilitation centre in Valdez

Image | 30 March, 1989 at 0:00

Sea otter at rehabilitation centre in Valdez after Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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