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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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Raising the masts on the Rainbow Warrior III

Blog entry by Oscar Soria | 11 July, 2011

It was a thrilling weekend in Fassmer shipyard, near Bremen in Germany, where many of us watched a revolutionary mast design being installed on the new Rainbow Warrior. It’s not only a key milestone in the Greenpeace flagship’s...

The Rainbow Warrior III is afloat

Blog entry by Rien Achtenberg | 5 July, 2011 30 comments

A handful of us left Greenpeace International's office in Amsterdam on Monday morning, on a special trip to Bremen to see our new, much awaited Rainbow Warrior III enter the water for the first time. After being under planning and...

Jedi, we need your help. There has been a disturbance in the Force.

Blog entry by JamesS - Greenpeace UK | 1 July, 2011 18 comments

Last night – at approximately 18:30 – our communications equipment took a direct hit . After providing nearly 2 million transmissions of our latest Rebellion underground message “VW: The Dark Side”, our YouTube films and channel were...

Dr. Willie Soon: a Career Fueled by Koch, Big Oil and Coal

Blog entry by Kert Davies | 29 June, 2011 2 comments

When US climate denier and astrophysicist Dr Willie Soon wrote a controversial paper in 2003 that attempted to challenge the historical temperature records, we all raised eyebrows at revelations that the American Petroleum Institute...

Join the rebellion and turn VW away from the dark side

Blog entry by Andrew - Greenpeace | 28 June, 2011 27 comments

UPDATE (1 July 2011):   As you can see below, the video has been deleted due to a copyright claim. But don't worry, friends of the rebelion are uploading throughout the internet.  >>>  You can find a copy of the video here  <<<  ...

VIDEO: Kumi Naidoo leads from the front in daring Arctic action

Blog entry by Nick Young | 18 June, 2011

Watch this amazing video of Kumi Naidoo - the global head of Greenpeace - braving freezing water fired from water cannon to scale a massive Arctic oil rig. See the action and hear from Kumi about why he chose to make a brave personal...

Our cards are on the table

Blog entry by Mads Christensen | 5 June, 2011 22 comments

Sometimes talk is not enough. Sometimes people need to stand up and act. The oil industry has throughout history shown a lack of respect for people and the environment. Now here in the frozen north they are doing it again. Cairn...

One year to Rio+20 - is there hope?

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 4 June, 2011 4 comments

19 years ago more heads of states than ever came together in Rio de Janeiro for what was termed the Earth Summit . They agreed on a few sensible things, such as that "the right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably meet...

Jon Andreas Bergstrom

Image | 4 June, 2011 at 16:17

Andreas is an Arctic guide who lives in Svalbard.

Activists board rig off Greenland

Image | 4 June, 2011 at 12:36

180 km off the Greenland coast activists board the 53,000 tonne oil rig.

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