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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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Clean Our Cloud

Slideshow | 26 April, 2012

Apple: Think Different about your dirty energy

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 25 April, 2012 15 comments

The Internet and social media are extraordinary engines of change helping to drive revolutions and positive social change. They’ve become central tools for how we bring pressure on polluters and governments. But if we are not careful,...

How Clean is your Cloud - Apple responds

Blog entry by Gary Cook | 17 April, 2012 16 comments

Our new report “ How Clean is Your Cloud ” is out today - to show that the massive increase in Internet use is mainly being powered by dirty energy. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft all score badly in the report for relying on dirty coal...

News from the Energy Revolution

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 13 April, 2012 5 comments

News that the UK could be set to import volcano power from Iceland has also focused some attention on the number of high voltage interconnectors being built across Europe. So now is a good time to revist a report Greenpeace put out...

With rights come responsibilities

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic | 29 March, 2012 5 comments

I’m in sunny Stockholm this week, spring is here for sure and woolly hats and gloves are yet again stored away for next winter.  In a grand Natural History museum not so far from where I work sit scientists, Indigenous representatives,...

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Mixed Bag

Blog entry by Pat Lerner | 3 February, 2012

With this year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development meeting – also known as “Rio+20” – fast approaching, Greenpeace senior political advisor Pat Lerner takes an in-depth look at the UNSG’s High Level Panel report on...

The future we want? Between hope and despair on the road to the Rio Earth Summit

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 13 January, 2012 27 comments

I have been up at night a lot over the last ten days thinking about the future. You do not have to feel bad for me as the reason was a joyful one: I was carrying around my new born daughter. As I stared at her fresh face and hints of...

Climate Change and your refrigerator!

Blog entry by Anna K | 15 December, 2011 6 comments

For twenty years, Europeans and people all over the world have had energy-efficient, climate-friendly refrigerators in their kitchens. Now, twenty years later, US consumers are finally able to buy these refrigerators, which Greenpeace...

South African children roar for climate courage

Blog entry by Caroline Chisholm | 7 December, 2011 5 comments

Almost 1,500 children gathered on the beach in Durban today to form a human aerial of a lion, to send a message to the leaders of COP17: show some courage for the climate. The inspriration of artist John Quigley, the image was...

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