2018 — The year in photos

Indigenous People protest in front of Brazilian government building to demand demarcation of their land and a stop to the violence and genocide against them. © Christian Braga / MNI

From environmental disasters like the Indonesia earthquake or the California wildfires, to polarizing elections in Brazil and elsewhere, 2018 was a year for the books.

Despite the challenges, we’re all facing, and the accelerated imperative to act on climate within 12 years to stay within 1.5 degrees, there are a lot of reasons for hope.

This year, Greenpeace photographers captured 37,635 photos, that spanned the globe, and covered the struggles to protect our planet and fight for a peaceful and green future. Here are some of our 2018 highlights.

We couldn’t have done this work without all of you, so thank you and on to 2019! We’re ready to keep on fighting.

Sea lions near Hopkins Island, South Australia. © Michaela Skovranova / Greenpeace
Dump site in Malaysia. Greenpeace Malaysia has been conducting a field investigation on the broken system of recycling, and how it’s impacting Malaysian society. © Nandakumar S. Haridas / Greenpeace
Portrait of Hettie Geenen, captain onboard the Rainbow Warrior arriving in Malina as part of the Climate Justice ship tour. © Angel Pago / Greenpeace
Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon. © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace
A team of climbers from Greenpeace Netherlands hang from the side of a gigantic palm oil tanker, preventing it from mooring in Rotterdam harbour. The cargo ship is carrying palm oil products belonging to Wilmar, the world’s biggest and dirtiest palm oil trader. © Marten van Dijl / Greenpeace
Icebergs in Charlotte Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace
The Indigenous Sámi youth organisation Suoma Sámi Nuorat, Suohpanterror artivist collective and Greenpeace activists join in a demonstration against industrial exploitation of the Great Northern Forest in northern Finland. © Jonne Sippola / Greenpeace
Greenpeace investigation uncovers massive deforestation at a palm oil concession in Papua, Indonesia.
© Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
Costume designer Kumiko Tani joins together with Greenpeace Japan to take a new look at the problem of bycatch. A ballet dancer from the UK performs in a fishing net dress, representing the situation of sea creatures which are sacrificed to bycatch. © Hidenori Tanaka / Greenpeace
Activists form an aerial bridge blockade in Vancouver, in the path of a Trans Mountain tar sands oil tanker traffic. © Greenpeace / Tim Aubry
Debris from a fishing net seen underwater with the MY Arctic Sunrise ship in the background. The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise went to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to document plastics and other marine debris. © Justin Hofman / Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists are taking part in a demonstration in Germany to protest against RWE’s plans to clear the Hambach Forest for coal mining. © Kevin McElvaney / Greenpeace
Activist Larasati Wido Matofani holds a banner reading: ‘Drop Dirty Palm Oil Now” as she hangs on a rope during tan action at Wilmar refinery in north Sulawesi, Indonesia. © Dhemas Reviyanto / Greenpeace
Adélie penguin colony in Antarctica. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists protest against TOTAL’s plans to drill in the Amazon despite recent evidence of a reef, and wide biodiversity in the area. 250 activists got inside the Palais des Congrès in Paris, where Total’s 2018 Shareholders’ Meeting was held. © Guenole LE GAL / Greenpeace

Maïa Booker is a Multimedia Editor for Greenpeace in the Americas