We knew what we needed to do in 2017. We turned our sentiments into action. We resisted and persisted. Our campaigns gained ground and we were taught valuable lessons as we spoke truth to power. It's time now for us to take stock and focus on building a new strategy that will power people-led campaigns everywhere to shut down new dirty fossil fuel projects, to break free from single-use plastics, to continue protecting marine life, to uphold human rights, and start building that 100% renewable and sustainable world for all.

Let's relive the biggest moments we shared together and take a look at the photos that defined 2017, the year of resistance.

Sustainable Seafood Week: 2017 was bigger and better with more institutions committed to protect our oceans. © Alanah Toralba / Greenpeace

Sustainable Seafood Week: 2017 was bigger and better with more institutions committed to protect our oceans. © Alanah Toralba / Greenpeace

Communities and civil society organizations held a lightning rally in front of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) headquarters, to demand that the company shut down its coal plant in Limay, Bataan, and instead lead the shift to renewables. The protest kicked off Break Free 2017, a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines, as part of the second global wave of actions against fossil fuels.

Communities and civil society organizations held a lightning rally in front of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) headquarters, to demand that the company shut down its coal plant in Limay, Bataan, and instead lead the shift to renewables. The protest kicked off Break Free 2017, a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines, as part of the second global wave of actions against fossil fuels.

 

Activists unfurled a giant banner bearing the words "Break Free from Fossil Fuels" at the iconic San Juanico Bridge while a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below kicked off this culminating activity of the week-long Leyte-leg of Break Free 2017.

Activists unfurled a giant banner bearing the words "Break Free from Fossil Fuels" at the iconic San Juanico Bridge while a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below kicked off this culminating activity of the week-long Leyte-leg of Break Free 2017.

 

Activists blockade the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) head office in Quezon City. This was in protest of the continued control of the Philippine government by big business interests, and as a failure of the current administration to stand by the reforms it is pursuing.

We blockaded the gates of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) head office in Quezon City. This was in protest of the continued control of the Philippine government by big business interests, and as a failure of the current administration to stand by the reforms it is pursuing.

 

A whale replica was unveiled on the beach of Naic, Cavite, South of Manila, in the Philippines. The art installation depicted a dead whale choked by plastics, and we sought to underscore the massive problem of plastics pollution in the ocean, calling on the ASEAN countries to address this looming problem on its shores.

A whale replica was unveiled on the beach of Naic, Cavite, South of Manila. The art installation depicted a dead whale choked by plastics, and we sought to underscore the massive problem of plastics pollution in the ocean, calling on the ASEAN countries to address this looming problem on its shores.

 

A boy swims in water that is polluted with plastic waste in Manila.

That heartbreaking moment when we saw this boy swimming in polluted waters with plastic waste in Manila during a documentation to higlight how massive the plastic crisis is.

 

Greenpeace Philippines’ supporters and volunteers stand in solidarity with the message #OurVoicesAreVital to unite against Canadian logging company Resolute's multiple lawsuits to stifle free speech and the organization's work to protect the Great Northern Forest in Canada.

Greenpeace Philippines’ supporters and volunteers stand in solidarity with the message #OurVoicesAreVital to unite against Canadian logging company Resolute's multiple lawsuits to stifle free speech and the organization's work to protect the Great Northern Forest in Canada.

 

A group of divers deploy a banner opposing the proposed underwater theme park by Nickelodeon (Viacom International Media Networks), and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc. in Coron, Palawan. Environmental groups called on the Local Government of Palawan, Nickelodeon, and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc., to junk their plan to build a 400-hectare underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan.

A group of divers deploy a banner opposing the proposed underwater theme park by Nickelodeon (Viacom International Media Networks), and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc. in Coron, Palawan. Environmental groups called on the Local Government of Palawan, Nickelodeon, and Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Inc., to junk their plan to build a 400-hectare underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan.

 

Ms. Cathy Untalan, an environmental advocate and Ms Earth Water 2006 Philippines, reads a book to the children during the launch of the photo exhibition highlighting sustainable and ecological agriculture farming best practices in Trinoma, Quezon City. It is also in celebration of the World Food Month, with an event we dubbed “#LetsSibolTogether: The Journey Towards Sustainable and Ecological Food Systems”. The event was a way of giving recognition to those who produce and make food available for us: the farmers and fishers. It was also a way of celebrating food, which nourishes our body and keeps us healthy and strong.

We celebrated the World Food Month with an event we dubbed, “#LetsSibolTogether: The Journey Towards Sustainable and Ecological Food Systems”. Ms. Cathy Untalan, an environmental advocate and Ms. Earth - Water 2006 Philippines, joined us and read some books to the children during the launch of the photo exhibition highlighting sustainable and ecological agriculture farming best practices. The event was a way of giving recognition to those who produce and make food available for us: the farmers and fishers. It was also a way of celebrating food, and highlighting how diverse diets can solve nutrition deficiencies.

 

Together with the #breakfreefromplastic coalition, we conducted a beach cleanup activity and brand audit at Freedom Island, Parañaque City, Metro Manila. The activity named the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution happening in our oceans.

Together with the #breakfreefromplastic movement, we conducted a beach cleanup activity and brand audit at Freedom Island, Parañaque City, Metro Manila. The activity named the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution happening in our oceans.

 

Waray people of Eastern Leyte RISING ABOVE the impacts of climate change (signified by the Typhoon symbol) to bring a message of HOPE and REBIRTH (signified by the rising sun) to the ongoing climate negotiations at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) in November.  Youth and local community members from Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, Philippines – ground zero for super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) – formed the symbol for typhoons that turns into a sun symbol through the use of umbrellas, in an exercise dubbed as “Sinirangan,” the Waray word for both east and for the rising of the sun. The people of Eastern Visayas sent this visual message as a call for world leaders at the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, to ensure that impacted communities receive climate justice.

Waray people of Eastern Leyte RISING ABOVE the impacts of climate change (signified by the Typhoon symbol) to bring a message of HOPE and REBIRTH (signified by the rising sun) to the ongoing climate negotiations at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) in November.

Youth and local community members from Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, Philippines – ground zero for super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) – formed the symbol for typhoons that turns into a sun symbol through the use of umbrellas, in an exercise dubbed as “Sinirangan,” the Waray word for both east and for the rising of the sun. The people of Eastern Visayas sent this visual message as a call for world leaders at the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, to ensure that impacted communities receive climate justice.

 

Greenpeace activists create reverse-graffiti in various spots around the ASEAN Summit venues. The graffiti reads “Stop Trumping the Planet and the People”, hitting US President Donald Trump, who was arriving in Manila to attend the summit, on his climate denialism stance.

We did reverse-graffiti in various spots around the ASEAN Summit venues. The graffiti reads “Stop Trumping the People and the Planet”, hitting US President Donald Trump, who was arriving in Manila to attend the summit, on his climate denialism stance.

 

Cosplayers dressed as Ocean Heroes visit the Western and Central Pacific Conference 14 in Manila. The ‘ocean heroes’ are hoping that the delegates of the conference become a hero for the ocean just like them. Greenpeace called on more stringent measures on data collection and harvest control rules and target and limit reference points.

"Ocean Heroes" greeted the Western and Central Pacific Conference (WCPFC) 14 delegates in Manila to remind them that they need to protect our oceans from overfishing, illegal fishing, and slavery.

 

Members of petitioning organizations and communities as well as other supporters gathered for a vigil program outside the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines while the first national inquiry to investigate the Carbon Majors was happening at the CHR. The Philippines’ national inquiry is part of the growing movement of people-powered legal actions seeking climate justice around the world.

Members of petitioning organizations and communities as well as other supporters gathered for a vigil program outside the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) while the first national inquiry to investigate the Carbon Majors was happening at the CHR. The Philippines’ national inquiry is part of the growing movement of people-powered legal actions seeking climate justice around the world.

 

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