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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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Australian coal exports: a climate change boomerang

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | February 26, 2013 2 comments

The Australian continent might be about 4,000 km wide from east to west, but even the far west coast cannot escape the winds of Cyclone Rusty and the alarming impacts of climate change caused by coal mining, such as the planned Galilee...

It’s no secret: climate change is a threat to peace and security

Blog entry by Jen Maman | February 21, 2013 9 comments

Last week, the UN Security Council met for a special session on the  ‘Security Dimensions of Climate Change’. You may have not heard about this. The meeting was held behind closed doors because some permanent members of the Council...

Obama's climate legacy will start when Shell’s Arctic drilling stops

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | February 21, 2013 1 comment

Since Shell's Kulluk rig ran aground off Alaska, the US Department of Interior and the US Coast Guard have both launched independent investigations to find out what went wrong with the company's drilling operations in the far north. ...

What climate scientists have to say about super blizzard Nemo

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | February 10, 2013 3 comments

The USA is no stranger to severe winter storms but the monster – known as Nemo – that hammered the north east coastal states over the weekend may have been supercharged by climate change according to some climate scientists. The...

In Davos, Shell fuel station shut down in Arctic protest

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | January 25, 2013 2 comments

I'm standing outside a Shell petrol station in Davos, looking at polar bears on the roof with a huge banner that says ARCTIC OIL - TOO RISKY. Twenty-five activists have shut down the station, some of whom are chained to the pumps.

No escape from the glare of the public eye

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | January 24, 2013 2 comments

Davos, where the 1% come to be among themselves. Black SUVs cruise the icy roads, snipers crouch on rooftops, bodyguards step out of hotel doorways and survey the scene before their charges follow them onto the pavement and billion...

Government hypocrisy risks pushing climate past point of no return

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | January 22, 2013 5 comments

Devastating storms and lives lost, houses destroyed, sweltering heat waves, menacing bushfires, plunging winter temperatures, droughts, floods and even snowstorms in the desert: this is the reality of our weather – it's not a forecast...

Point of No Return

Publication | January 22, 2013 at 14:00

The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. With total disregard for this unfolding global disaster, the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would...

President Obama, consider this your 'Need-to-Do' list

Blog entry by Swati Jangle | January 22, 2013 8 comments

US President Barack Obama finally broke his 'climate silence' with strong remarks about the climate change threat during his inauguration speech on Monday. That’s good. And it's about time. For years we have watched the warnings...

A future of extremes?

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | January 16, 2013 16 comments

The world's journalists have been jostling and vying with each other to describe and witness the stunning, but also deadly, extreme weather that has gripped the planet in recent months. The focus has often been the tumbling of...

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