The Greenpeace Videos That Left a Mark in 2017

by Lauren Reid

December 21, 2017

This year provided us a range of some of the most infinitely inspiring moments — and movements — to document. Here’s our pick of the 10 best.

We hope you like watching them as much as we loved making them.

As you can imagine, our team video producers have had a busy 12 months creating compelling visual work that defines the remarkable acts of resistance and environmental protection seen in 2017.

Their job was to inspire, educate, and enlighten us to some of the most important and moving moments we faced — and their videos reveal the strength of our communities, underscore incredible acts of courage, and remind us that our work ahead is never finished.

Watch how the collective consciousness of the U.S. resistance movement speaks out to demand justice and equality. Witness activists speak up for free speech. See how our Atlantic ship tour inspired thousands of you to tell us why you support a healthy environment for all. And there are plenty more here to sink your teeth into.

Check out the entire collection here. But for now, in no particular order, our favorites below:

1. We the people, resist:

We won’t let anyone destroy what generations of Americans have built. History has shown that people like YOU are the driving force behind change. Now is the time to fight for what you believe in. We will rise, we will resist, we will renew

2. Logging Company Wants to Sue Greenpeace Out of Existence:

After receiving criticism from Greenpeace for its irresponsible practices, Resolute Forest Products (Canada’s largest logging company) decided to sue Greenpeace Canada, and then years later also sue Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International

3. Greenpeace Supporters Speak Up for Free Speech:

When a massive logging corporation sued Greenpeace, supporters from around the world spoke up. They took photos with their favorite forests and trees, called to let us know that ‘our voices are vital’, and over HALF A MILLION people signed our pledge

4. This Cancer Survivor’s Story Shows What Gutting the EPA would mean for Public Health:

Heather Von St. James fought cancer and won — now she’s resisting Trump’s attacks on our health and environment.

5. America’s National Treasures for Sale!

‘National monuments! Protected parks! Marine sanctuaries! Everything MUST GO!!!’: That’s basically how the Trump administration is treating our public lands and waters. If the stakes weren’t so high, it would almost be comical…

6. Ten Tips to Help You Resist:

People across the country are resisting Trump’s harmful agenda and working to build the just, green, and peaceful world that we want to see. Join them, here are ten tips to ensure your actions are successful.

7. Guide to Greener Electronics 2017

Are you frustrated by how your groundbreaking new phone seems to become obsolete within just a few months? Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics (Vol 19) provides an analysis of what 17 of the world’s leading consumer electronics companies are doing to address their environmental impacts.

8. Thank You for Protecting Our Communities, Coasts, and Climate:

Thanks to the generous support from people like you, Greenpeace’s ship, Arctic Sunrise, sailed the Atlantic coast as part of a month-long tour. The tour focused on the urgent issue of single-use plastics and microplastics in our waters, and the need to protect our coasts and climate from seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling. The crew of the Arctic Sunrise welcomed nearly 6,000 people on board to learn how we can work together to protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate.

9. The Biggest Threat to the Resistance You’ve Never Heard of:

Trump’s go-to law firm is suing Greenpeace and others with a “SLAPP” suit. The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is using this as a way to try and erase the history of the Indigenous-led peaceful protests that took place at Standing Rock — but we are not going to let that happen.

10. Greenpeace Activists Protest Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing

On Jan. 11, 2017, four activists with Greenpeace peacefully protested the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s appointment hearing for President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Holding banners reading “RejectRexx,” the activists stood and delivered messages of opposition to the naming of an oil CEO as the nation’s chief diplomat.

(Okay, I know we said 10, but Action Camp 2018 is too incredible to pass up!)

Our 7th Annual Greenpeace Action Camp is March 3 – 8, 2018. You have until January 6, 2018 to apply!

Lauren Reid

By Lauren Reid

Lauren Reid is the International Communications Lead with the Clean Air Now Campaign. She first volunteered with Greenpeace on the Rainbow Warrior in 2015, for a campaign against overfishing and human rights abuses observed at sea. Lauren is based in New Orleans, LA and you can peep her on Twitter @Lo_Pickles.

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