The summer of 2023 was Earth’s hottest summer since global records began in 1880. This unfortunately marks an ongoing and severely concerning pattern of increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt, and heat waves in the coming future.

This year, we saw raging forest fires in Canada and many other parts of the world, including Hawaii, the Amazon, Italy, Greece and Indonesia, followed by dangerous floods impacting thousands in India, China, Hong Kong, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Liberia and many countries in Africa.

The worst part is that the end isn’t close enough! There is an abundance of science to say that we absolutely MUST end the fossil fuel industry, but our world leaders need to now ACT on the urgency of the situation. 

This year, we finally have a global treaty on plastic pollution, a landmark agreement after years of campaigning and negotiations. Also, Greenpeace activists showcased unparalleled bravery to participate in a courageous protest against deep sea mining companies. This peaceful protest continued for more than 100 hours. 

These images below testify to all of our collective courage as we continue to fight for this planet.

The action of Greenpeace Russia dedicated to the launch of the petition for renewable energy development. The photo was taken at the Kochubeevskaya wind farm in the Stavropol region. © Greenpeace
The action of Greenpeace Russia is dedicated to the launch of the petition for renewable energy development. The photo was taken at the Kochubeevskaya wind farm in the Stavropol region.
© Greenpeace
Climate activists take to the streets at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, urging the African Union to lead by example and protect African biodiversity, end fossil fuels driving catastrophic climate change and invest in real solutions by shifting to solar and wind energy. Signs read "Less talk more action for Climate".
Climate activists take to the streets at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, urging the African Union to lead by example and protect African biodiversity, end fossil fuels driving catastrophic climate change and invest in real solutions by shifting to solar and wind energy. Signs read “Less talk more action for Climate”.
© Greenpeace
A hundred climate activists supporting Greenpeace, Stay Grounded, Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion and other climate movement groups from 17 countries have disrupted Europe’s biggest private jets sales fair, the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, demanding a ban on private jets. 

Activists were peacefully occupying private jets that are exhibited at the business event by Geneva airport, having chained themselves to aircraft gangways and the exhibition entrance in order to keep prospective buyers from entering. The protestors stuck giant tobacco-style health warning labels on the airplanes marking them as toxic objects and warning that ‘private jets burn our future’, ‘kill our planet’, and ‘fuel inequality’. Public service announcements from loudspeakers carried by the activists exposed the dramatic consequences of private jets for our planet and revealed the hypocrisy of promoting private jets amidst rising social inequality. © Thomas Wolf / Stay Grounded
A hundred climate activists supporting Greenpeace, Stay Grounded, Extinction Rebellion, Scientist Rebellion and other climate movement groups from 17 countries have disrupted Europe’s biggest private jets sales fair, the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, demanding a ban on private jets.  Activists were peacefully occupying private jets that are exhibited at the business event by Geneva airport, having chained themselves to aircraft gangways and the exhibition entrance in order to keep prospective buyers from entering. The protestors stuck giant tobacco-style health warning labels on the airplanes marking them as toxic objects and warning that ‘private jets burn our future’, ‘kill our planet’, and ‘fuel inequality’. Public service announcements from loudspeakers carried by the activists exposed the dramatic consequences of private jets for our planet and revealed the hypocrisy of promoting private jets amidst rising social inequality.
© Thomas Wolf / Stay Grounded
Aulelei youth dance group members in their traditional attire in Funafuti, Tuvalu. © De'allande Pedro / Greenpeace
Aulelei youth dance group members in their traditional attire in Funafuti, Tuvalu.
© De'allande Pedro / Greenpeace
Global Ocean Treaty Now!" onto the United Nations HQ, to send a clear message to delegates at the United Nations in New York during the second week of the resumed IGC5 negotiations. © Greenpeace
Greenpeace USA activists project a message reading “Strong Global Ocean Treaty Now!” onto the United Nations HQ, to send a clear message to delegates at the United Nations in New York during the second week of the resumed IGC5 negotiations.
© Greenpeace
Turtle and fish over corals. © Lorenzo Moscia / Greenpeace
Turtle and fish over corals.
© Lorenzo Moscia / Greenpeace
Underwater research carried out during the "Whales Not Woodside" tour. Rainbow Warrior was in Western Australia to expose and document the threats from gas drilling in an ocean biodiversity hotspot by fossil fuel giant Woodside Energy. © Harriet Spark / Grumpy Turtle Film / Greenpeace
Underwater research was carried out during the “Whales Not Woodside” tour. Rainbow Warrior was in Western Australia to expose and document the threats from gas drilling in an ocean biodiversity hotspot by fossil fuel giant Woodside Energy.
© Harriet Spark / Grumpy Turtle Film / Greenpeace
Greenpeace International activists from around the world have paddled and protested around MV COCO, a specialized offshore drilling vessel currently collecting data for deep sea mining frontrunner, The Metals Company, on its last expedition before it files the world’s first ever application to mine the seabed in the Pacific Ocean. © Martin Katz / Greenpeace
Greenpeace International activists from around the world have paddled and protested around MV COCO, a specialized offshore drilling vessel currently collecting data for deep sea mining frontrunner, The Metals Company, on its last expedition before it files the world’s first ever application to mine the seabed in the Pacific Ocean.
© Martin Katz / Greenpeace