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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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US-China agreement on climate change or HFO for Dummies

Blog entry by Paula Tejon Carbajal | 11 June, 2013

This was the news that woke me up last Sunday:  'United States and China agree to work together on phase down of HFCs.' Good! Finally some political action to reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions! Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a...

Cisco, Google tie for first in latest Greenpeace ranking of IT sector climate leadership

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 24 April, 2013 5 comments

Can the same people who brought us search engines, Internet-powered smart phones, and the cloud also help us save the planet from climate change? At Greenpeace, we think so, which is why we’ve been pushing the technology sector to...

Cool IT Leaderboard 6

Publication | 24 April, 2013 at 16:00

The Cool IT Leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change. The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how, and political influence to bring about a rapid clean energy...

Clutching at Climate Straws

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | 22 April, 2013

What appears at first glance to be a 'pause' in the warming of the climate has prompted much discussion in the media (and some 'I told you so' crowing from deniers) but can we really all heave a collective sigh of relief, assume we...

Winning the fight for the climate, one community at a time

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 10 April, 2013 9 comments

For a long time, efforts to stem the growth of global CO2 emissions and avert the impending climate chaos have been synonymous with complex international negotiations between governments. The unwillingness of governments to commit...

Good news for the Arctic from Scotland and Greenland

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 28 March, 2013 1 comment

The Scottish Court of Session has denied Cairn Energy (the wildcat oil firm that spent over US $1 billion failing to find oil off the coast of Greenland) a permanent injunction against Greenpeace International following a peaceful...

The word is out: Shell 'screwed up' in 2012

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 15 March, 2013 5 comments

No truer words were said than US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar when he bluntly pointed out on Thursday that Shell "screwed up in 2012" during its chaotic attempt to drill for Arctic oil. In a damning assessment of Shell's...

UN report: human progress may be reversed by climate change

Blog entry by Susan Cavanagh | 15 March, 2013 6 comments

When it comes to political action on climate change, it’s the richest nations in the North that demand developing nations also act, which seems fair at first glance. But it’s the rich nations of the North that reaped the benefits of...

A bad day for the climate

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | 8 March, 2013

It’s a truly bad news day for the global climate. Scientists in the US have found that the Earth is warming faster than at any time since the last Ice Age 11,300 years ago and maybe even further back. They found that most of that...

Reflections on Women's Day

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 8 March, 2013

Today hundreds of millions of women and men will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme for IWD 2013 is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The sad reality today is that 600 million...

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