This week in Greenpeace pictures

Every day, people from all over the world fight to ensure a green and peaceful future for our planet. From Poland to the Philippines, here’s a look at some of the top Greenpeace images this week:

Greenpeace activists reroute EU heads of state at Brussels summit

Climate activists called on European governments to “change course on climate” as they force the re-routing of official motorcades heading to an EU summit in Brussels the day before the end of COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland
Former Vice President of the USA Al Gore and Executive Director of Greenpeace International Jennifer Morgan discussion in the ClimateHub at COP24 in Katowice, Poland
Laser Projection on the COP24 venue in Poland
Greenpeace activists display a burning globe in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The three metres high metal construction shows the lettering “Climate Crisis”. Flames heat the globe above. Greenpeace activists call for a quick coal phase-out

Climate change and human rights public hearing Philippines

A day after International Human Rights Day, the landmark investigation looking into the responsibility of 47 coal, oil, gas and cement companies for human rights violations suffered by the Filipino people, is back home in the Philippines to conclude in a two-day hearing with more testimonies from human rights advocates and from the climate frontlines

Hot air balloon over coal power station Niederaussem in Germany

Greenpeace activists protest with a hot air balloon over the coal power plant Niederaussem near Cologne for more climate protection and a fast exit from coal. The hot air balloon is decorated with an image of the earth, beneath the basket a 4 x 7m banner hangs which reads: Climate Crisis made in Germany. The brown coal power plant is one of the dirtiest in Germany

Misdeclared Korean plastic waste dumped in Philippines

A Greenpeace staff inspects the 5,100 metric tons of mixed plastic trash (both shredded and whole plastics ) that came from South Korea and has been lying around the perimeter of Verde Soko facility since July 2018 in Upper Bugac, Sta. Cruz, Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

First Ministers protest in Montreal, Canada

A welcoming committee of various citizen and environmental groups warmly welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his provincial counterparts in Montreal at the First Ministers’ meeting. Over 50 people showed up in the early sub-zero morning to remind our political leaders that the current federal plan will not allow us to reach our Paris climate targets and that the conclusions of the latest IPCC report must be respected to save the planet from worsening climate change

Protest against oil exploration in the Amazon in Brazil

Greenpeace activists protest peacefully in front of the National Oil Agency (ANP), in Rio de Janeiro, against the offer of exploration areas for oil and gas in the Amazon . Some of the blocks in the forest are close to protected areas and Indigenous Lands. There are also blocks in the coast of Brazil, near the Amazon Reef

Delivery to top five polluting corporations in Canada

For the holiday season, Greenpeace volunteers delivered gift boxes in person to the offices of Canada’s five top polluting corporations — Nestlé, Tim Hortons, PepsiCo., The Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s. On behalf of the growing movement of people across Canada working to stop the plastic epidemic at the source, each company received its own plastic waste collected by volunteers on the streets of Toronto and during brand audits across Canada
Greenpeace activists protest in front of the Ministry for Agriculture with banners and an inflatable pig in Berlin. The environmental activists demand that the Minister of Agriculture Julia Kloeckner develops a more effective political strategy for higher standards in livestock farming and better labels for meat in discussions with delegates from the food industry. The activists criticize that consumers are kept in the dark in many supermarkets, due to a lack of labels and information about the actual source of meat sold
Livestock farming project of 17,000 pigs could be built in the village of Escoubès (Pyrénées-Atlantique), in the southwest of France

VICTORY! USA: Logging stopped in the Tongass

Greenpeace Inc and Cascadia Wildland’s Lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service stopped 4 massive logging plans that would have resulted in clearcutting 1700 + acres in the Tongass, Earth’s largest remaining Temperate Rainforest. The Tongass is an incredibly Carbon-rich national forest. The 9th Circuit ruled against the US Forest Service after Larry’s rigorous analysis had pinpointed that the Forests Service, in its environmental assessments, were downplaying the impact the logging would have on Deer, the main food source of the Alexander Archipelago Wolf

VICTORY! Brazil: Amazon Reef drilling permit denied

VICTORY! Indonesia: Wilmar commit to detailed action plan

The world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply chain and would have a major impact on the rest of the industry


As 2018 draws to a close, we look back on some of the things which gave us #ReasonsForHope in the past twelve months

And from the Archives…

Shrimp Trawler Pursued by Sea Lions, Nov 2006
Climate Action on Copacabana Beach in Brazil, April 2007
Underwater Banner at Great Barrier Reef, July 2008

For more images from Greenpeace photographers around the world, follow Greenpeace International on Medium and our online library.