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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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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.

Chevron takes legal action to bring down the pod

Image | 24 September, 2010 at 21:38

US energy giant Chevron has sought a court order to shut down a peaceful Greenpeace protest against deep water drilling. Read more in our press release and background story . Read the latest article in the Guardian about the court order .

Survival Pod

Image | 22 September, 2010 at 15:22

Greenpeace campaigners who yesterday stopped the Chevron's Stena Carron oil platform from leaving Scotland to drill a deep water well have attached a purpose-built reinforced "survival pod" to its huge anchor chain and say they now have the means...

The oil spill at the World Energy Congress

Image | 12 September, 2010 at 20:00

About 60 Greenpeace activists in oil-covered bathing suits staged a “Black Tide Beach Party” today to tell participants at the World Energy Congress (WEC) in Montreal that there is an urgent need for the world to move beyond dirty, risky oil.

Extinguishing Steppe Forest Fire in Russia

Slideshow | 10 September, 2010

Solar roofs in L'Aquila

Image | 27 August, 2010 at 16:30

Climate solutions have to be included in new developments whenever and wherever possible. Greenpeace volunteers installed solar panels on the roofs of recently built houses in L'Aquila, Italy, in Spring and Summer 2010. L'Aquila was hit by a...

Oily activity - Brasil

Image | 16 August, 2010 at 11:30

Some 100 volunteers from Greenpeace Brasil got oily on the streets of Sao Paulo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, carrying the message: Energy Revolution Now!

Oily people activity - Brasil

Image | 16 August, 2010 at 11:00

Some 100 volunteers from Greenpeace Brazil got oily on the streets of Sao Paulo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, carrying the message of the Energy Revolution Now!

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