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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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Cool IT Leaderboard 6

Publication | 24 April, 2013 at 16:00

The Cool IT Leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change. The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how, and political influence to bring about a rapid clean energy...

Point of No Return

Publication | 22 January, 2013 at 14:00

The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. With total disregard for this unfolding global disaster, the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would...

Greenwash+20

Publication | 12 June, 2012 at 13:45

Today, greenwash is alive and well, as you will no doubt see at the Rio+20 conference. The Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) coalition, for example, will be there again, and we invite you to compare their rhetoric to what was...

G8 Climate and Energy Action Checklist 2011

Publication | 25 May, 2011 at 11:20

G8 leaders have a unique opportunity to drive a renewable energy revolution and prevent catastrophic climate change. To be considered a success, the G8 must meet the demands in the Greenpeace G8 Checklist.

From Tianjin to Cancun:briefing

Publication | 3 October, 2010 at 23:13

In the wake of the Copenhagen failure of last yearʼs climate talks, the worldʼs governments now need to regroup and decide on the future they want for a climate agreement.

Energy Revolution 2010

Publication | 7 June, 2010 at 9:24

A global energy scenario paints a picture of our common future – the picture depicts how the future could unfold. Energy scenarios send important messages on alternative futures to decision makers in political, financial, industrial sectors as...

Mind the Gap

Publication | 1 June, 2010 at 12:15

There is a major gap between what Governments have pledged since Copenhagen on greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets - and what is actually needed to keep global temperature rise to below 2 degrees C. But there are solutions!

Dealing in Doubt

Publication | 24 March, 2010 at 0:00

The climate denial industry and climate science - a brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists and the IPCC.

Caught Red-Handed: How Nestlé's Use of Palm Oil is Having a Devastating Impact on...

Publication | 17 March, 2010 at 0:00

Nestlé's sourcing of palm oil from from the company Sinar Mas- responsible for destroying Indonesian rainforests and peatlands- threatens already endangered orang-utans with extinction and is accelerating climate change.

Renewables 24/7

Publication | 4 February, 2010 at 0:00

Smart grid or super grid, decentralised or centralised renewable power plants? The discussion about the future of our power supply is running hot, and hi- tech visions are everywhere.

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