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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

Month in Pictures - November 2011

Slideshow | 29 November, 2011

Airship over Portland Generating Station

Image | 15 August, 2011 at 12:43

The Greenpeace airship A.E. Bates flies over the Portland Generating Station in Portland. The airship bears a message reading “If You Can Read This, You Are Breathing Coal Pollution.” The Portland Generating Station is the fifth highest emitter...

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.

Beautiful Arctic

Slideshow | 1 March, 2011

In photos: acting to save the climate

Slideshow | 6 October, 2010

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