Japanese crew members from whaling ship Kyo Maru 1 use water cannons to disperse Greenpeace activists during an anti-whaling demonstration in the frezzing water of the Southern Ocean, Dec. 16, 2001. The activists repeatedly used their inflatable boats to slow the transfer of a freshly harpooned minke whale.
Greenpeace activists stage a protest in front of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Moscow, Jun. 4, 2003. About 10 members of Greenpeace protested Moscow’s failure to ratify the Kyoto agreement and to improve climate controls in Russia.
Greenpeace activists hang an inflatable whale off the top of Berlin’s television tower, Jun. 15, 2003, in a protest action ahead of the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission due to take place from June 16-19 in Berlin. The banner reads “IWC: Act now!”.
Police and fire officials use the jaws of life in an attempt to cut free a group of Greenpeace activists who chained themselves to the entrance of the Auckland Airport incinerator to protest the emissions of deadly dioxins, Apr. 29, 2003.
German riot police watch over some 150 anti-nuclear demonstrators blocking railway tracks near Rohstorf, Nov. 11, 2003, in a bid to stop a train transporting radioactive waste material to a storage facility in Gorleben. The 12 containers are coming from the French nuclear treating facility of La Hague.
Militants of the French anti-nuclear network Sortir du Nucleaire (Exit Nuclear) demonstrate on a Brittany beach, July 18, 2004 in Carnac, against the European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR) project.
Five Greenpeace activists climb the rocks above the Mirabeau Tunnel to protest the transport of weapons-grade plutonium, which will travel through the tunnel on its way to Cadarache north of Marseille, Oct. 7, 2004. A lorry carrying a shipment of plutonium from U.S. weapons arsenals was being escorted through France en route to a reprocessing plant in the southwestern town of Cadarache.
A Greenpeace activist remains attached to the anchor chain of cargo ship Global Wind, May 3, 2004, anchored offshore 40 kms from the port of Paranagua, southern Brazil. The activists try to prevent the ship, which set sail from Argentina with a load of 30,000 tons of transgenic soy and is expected to complete her cargo in Brazil, from continuing navigation to Paranagua.
Curitiba, 3/05/2004. Ativista do Greenpeace acorrentado na ancora do Navio Global Wind, procedente da Argentina com 30mil ton. de soja transgenica, a 40 km do porto de Paranagua/ foto: Orlando Kissner. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO KISSNER/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Greenpeace carrying anti-nuclear signs stage a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy, Nov. 25, 1992, to protest the progress through the Atlantic Ocean of the Japanese freighter Akatsuki Maru with its cargo of 1.5 tons of plutonium. The ship left France on Nov. 7 and is heading for Japan.
Greenpeace vessel SV Rainbow Warrior crewmember Sarah McNab, of New Zealand, tests an inflatable, Aug. 25, 1995, as the ship sails towards the French nuclear test site atoll of Mururoa. A flotilla of 26 vessels is sailing to Mururoa for an anti-nuclear protest. The enviromental group has a total of four ships in the flotilla, while the rest are independent vessels.
The Greenpeace helicopter dumps hundreds of liters of polluted water from downstream of the Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill into the mill’s water intake on May 9, 1993 as part of its continuing protest of the company’s dumping of 150 millon liters of organochlrine contaminated effluent every day.
Julia “Butterfly” Hill stands in a 200-foot tall old-growth redwood tree in Humboldt County, Calif. in this undated 1998 photo. Hill spent 738 days living in a tree in the Headwaters Forest to protest old-growth redwood logging by the Maxxam Corporation.
This aerial photograph taken Sept. 30, 2006 by Greenpeace shows a huge circle made by local farmers and Greenpeace volunteers on a corn farm planted with a genetically-modified Bt corn in Isabela province, 300 kilometers north of Manila. The crop circle, with a slash over the letter “M” symbolizes farmer rejection of genetically-modified Bt corn crops from the Monsanto corporation. The protest coincides with a Global Day of Action to protect corn, one of the world’s most important staple foods, against contamination from genetically-engineered varieties.
A police officer escorts American actress Daryl Hannah to a police van as she gives a peace sign after being arrested during a protest against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, outside the White House in Washington, DC, Aug. 30, 2011. Hannah was among dozens of protestors arrested in a demonstration against the oil pipeline which, if constructed, would run from Alberta’s oilsands in Canada to Texas.
A protester is escorted from the hearing room after disrupting the hearing of BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward (R) on the Gulf Coast oil spill on Capitol Hill, June 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.
A protestor who identified herself as Kat wears face paint during a demonstration against fracking outside of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento, Calif. Dozens of environmental activists staged a “Stop Fracking With California” demonstration outside the California EPA headquarters ahead of public workshop hosted by the Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources where protestors are planning to voice their opposition to the rushed regulatory of fracking and the many threats to the environment imposed by the process of hydraulic fracking for oil and gas.
Naked cyclists take part in the World Naked Bike Ride on March 3, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. The bike ride is intended to “peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy.”
35,000 people from 28 states are converging in the streets to show President Obama the broad public support for climate solutions, while also challenging him to keep his commitment of making climate action a top priority during his second term on Feb. 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The president has several actions that he alone can take, including rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and adopting a strong carbon rule to limit pollution from coal plants.
In this handout picture released by The Maldives Presidency, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Ibrahim Didi signs the decree of an underwater cabinet meeting off Girifushi Island on Oct. 17, 2009.
A protestor stands in a tree to attempt to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas on Jan. 3, 2013.