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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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In Davos, Shell fuel station shut down in Arctic protest

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | 25 January, 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 | 24 January, 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 | 22 January, 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 | 22 January, 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 | 22 January, 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 | 16 January, 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...

2013: Boom or bust year for the energy revolution?

Blog entry by Sven Teske | 13 January, 2013 23 comments

For many energy experts around the world, the New Year starts this coming week in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit. This year, the summit is coupled with two political conferences dedicated to renewable energy: the...

Saving the summer of 2030

Blog entry by Georgina Woods | 9 January, 2013 2 comments

Australia has suffered through its hottest day on record, and more heat waves are forecast. If we want to spare our children worse to come, we need to stop creating greenhouse pollution. “A few minutes later, an image arrived...

Global Heating Revisited

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 January, 2013 12 comments

We have zero years to solve our addiction to hydrocarbon energy. How many times have we heard: We have a decade, or we have three years, or we have until 2020? In the 1980s, ecologists used to say, “We have to solve this by 2000”,...

The Travails of Doha

Blog entry by Ruth Davis | 5 December, 2012

Followers of the UN climate talks are always curious about the city they will find themselves in come December, when the annual Conference of the Parties or COP takes place. And for many, Doha - capital of gas and oil rich Qatar - was...

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