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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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Facing up to the climate reality

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 24 March, 2014 3 comments

In what is expected to be a grim reading, the world's leading climate scientists will give their latest assessment about the dangers of global warming next week. They will warn us not only what damage the burning of fossil fuels is...

Civil Disobedience: Why direct action is necessary

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 27 February, 2014 4 comments

On Monday, February 24, Greenpeace International's Executive Director Kumi Naidoo presented a lecture at the Oxford Martin School in the UK on civil disobedience. History shows us that civil disobedience is often necessary when the...

5 Greenpeace Facebook moments to remember

Blog entry by JulietteH | 4 February, 2014

The social networking giant, Facebook, turned ten today, but what does that have to do with Greenpeace? Well, whether you’ve signed in or not, Facebook has become a prime mover in digital activism. It's played a role in, and...

Greenpeace matriarch "walked in light"

Blog entry by Barbara Stowe | 16 January, 2014 2 comments

Marie Bohlen, a consummate artist known for her nature illustrations and a founding matriarch of Greenpeace, died January 5th at age 89, passing away peacefully at her home in Courtenay, British Columbia. Besides a distinguished...

The value of ancient forests

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 20 December, 2013

I live in a forest, and know that I am fortunate. I watch flicker and siskin in the cedars. I hear thrush and vireo in the veiled vastness. Cutthroat trout inhabit the lake, wolves howl on winter nights, and raccoons venture out with...

Sini, the quiet hero

Blog entry by Harri Lammi | 7 October, 2013 78 comments

My friend Sini Saarela is in jail in Murmansk, along with many other Greenpeace International activists. They are some of the first people in the world to face long jail sentences because they followed their conviction and acted...

Climate change and conflict: a controversy and a call to action

Blog entry by Jen Maman | 12 September, 2013 3 comments

What did increased domestic violence in India and Australia, a spike in assaults and murders in the US, ethnic violence in Europe and land invasions in Brazil have in common? According to new research , published last month,...

Deep sea oil and gas drilling: not in New Zealand, not anywhere

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 4 September, 2013 5 comments

Like the Arctic, the deep waters off the coast of New Zealand are under threat as oil and gas companies feverishly line up to start exploratory drilling operations in search of climate-destroying carbon fuel deposits. In a new oil...

How air pollution concerns stopped a China coal power project

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 14 August, 2013 2 comments

In Europe or the US, a huge 2,000-megawatt coal power project next to a megacity of 10 million would top the list of polluting power plant proposals and attract intense scrutiny. In China, which has continued to add an equivalent...

Staying silent would be the real crime

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 12 August, 2013

I've sat in international courtrooms to report on crimes against humanity during wars in Africa or the Balkans, environmental degradation and conflict in South America or armed aggression between Russia and Georgia. I've also reported...

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