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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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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.

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.

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