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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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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...

Countries need to fight for the climate, not for commas

Blog entry by Sebastian Bock | 2 December, 2012 1 comment

We are here at the 18th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . Or in short, COP18 to the UNFCCC if you follow those things on Twitter. This is my first COP. I am 26 and it is hard to...

On the future of America’s children or whether Obama will have a different approach...

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 7 November, 2012 4 comments

I felt relieved when I heard Obama’s victory speech this morning, and I particularly resonated with him when he spoke about the future of America’s children. “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt,...

Climate Rescue Station in Borobudur: The Real Rescuer

Blog entry by Hindun Mulaika, renewable energy Campaigner, Gre | 26 October, 2012 2 comments

I am standing in front of the 12 meter diameter earth dome, using electricity generated from clean renewable energy, the lights inside help creates a grand and cool nuance. It’s never before crossed my mind how this giant globe...

Clippy’s back with a message for Microsoft: Give us a clean cloud

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 26 October, 2012

Remember Clippy? You know, that little paper clip that always popped up at the most annoying times when you were trying to write something in older versions of Microsoft Word? Well, Clippy’s back, and poised to pop up at Microsoft...

Living for a cause

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 7 August, 2012 32 comments

This November marks three years since I was appointed Executive Director of Greenpeace International. Coming to Greenpeace represented an opportunity for me to actually be part of an organisation that has taken, and continues to take a...

Ends of the Earth

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 July, 2012 8 comments

Corporations look to plunder Earth’s polar resources The World’s multinational corporations face an unrelenting problem. Resource extraction has met Earth’s limits. The great fortunes of history were made by plundering resources,...

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