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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!

The latest updates

 

#Cofrentes17 acquitted of nuclear protest charges

Blog entry by Andrew Kerr | 17 December, 2014 2 comments

In a victory for the freedom to engage in peaceful protest, 16 activists from Greenpeace Spain, along with a freelance photojournalist – together known as the #Cofrentes17 – were yesterday acquitted by a court in Valencia of causing...

From typhoon hit Philippines, a call for climate justice

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 11 December, 2014

Smashed houses, fallen trees and streets littered with debris greeted us when Greenpeace arrived in Dolores, Eastern Samar, on Tuesday after Typhoon Hagupit made a direct hit on the seaside town. Much of the region's crops had been...

Nature does not negotiate: climate catastrophe is with us now!

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 7 December, 2014 25 comments

As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area...

#Cofrentes17: why Spain's Constitution Day is important to us all

Blog entry by Andrew Kerr | 6 December, 2014 1 comment

Right now, 16 Greenpeace activists and an independent photojournalist are standing trial in Valencia for a peaceful protest they staged against the risks posed by the 30-year old Cofrentes nuclear power plant, near Valencia. They...

The power of the energy transition is spreading fast

Blog entry by Matjaž Dovečar | 5 December, 2014

Greenpeace brought mayors from all over Europe to Bavaria to show them the best practices of German energy transition. First impressions: the 'Energiewende' is contagious! We travelled with eight  mayors from Hungary, Turkey,...

A rainbow from Machu Picchu to Düsseldorf

Blog entry by Sven Teske | 1 December, 2014 1 comment

Peru! What comes to mind when you think of Peru? Right! The mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which attract and inspire so many people from around the world, and still have scientists puzzling over their origin. Last night,...

Government spying undermines climate action

Blog entry by Andrew Kerr | 27 November, 2014 1 comment

Unless you’ve been living in a hole in the ground or in a galaxy far, far away you won’t have missed media revelations about government security services snooping on our every communication. Personal phone calls and e-mails are...

For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle

Blog entry by Martin L., Joris T., Leon V. and Faiza O. | 21 November, 2014 3 comments

Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously unthinkable.

The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 19 November, 2014 2 comments

Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where...

Video: Activist hospitalised after boats rammed during peaceful protest against oil...

Blog entry by Andrew | 15 November, 2014 42 comments

Update - 18 November: The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation has orderd the detention of the Arctic Sunrise . Mario Rodriguez, director of Greenpeace Spain, said in response... "It’s telling that the Spanish...

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