The best Greenpeace stunts

As Greenpeace scales the Shard in London, we remember some of the environmental group's most noteworthy publicity stunts.

 
 
 
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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Six women have evaded security guards at the 72-storey Shard in central London, to climb London's newest landmark to publicise the cause of global environmental group Greenpeace.

    They said their climb was intended to put Shell and other oil companies in the spotlight.

    Greenpeace said the protesters were "artists and activists", adding: "If the six women reach the top - 310m above the pavement (1,017ft) - they will attempt to hang a huge work of art that captures the beauty of the Arctic.

    "They chose to climb the Shard because it towers over Shell's three London offices, including the oil giant's global headquarters on the South Bank of the Thames."

    Greenpeace are known for their often daring and spectacular publicity stunts. The group seem to specialise in feats of climbing. Keep clicking to see some of their most memorable stunts.

     

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Two Greenpeace climbers held a small banner after they scaled Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament in 2004. Police were called to the famous landmark at about 6.15am after the men were spotted climbing St Stephen’s clock tower, which holds the famous bell Big Ben.

    By 8am they were more than 150ft above the ground nearing the clockface, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said. Greenpeace brothers Harry and Simon Westaway  said the stunt was an 'easy' breach of defences, sparking a security review.

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Only a week ago, Greenpeace activists drove rubber rafts with banners reading 'Stoppt den Handel mit Walfleisch' ('Stop the trade with whale meat') and 'Stop whaling' in front of container freighter 'Cosco Pride' in Hamburg.

    The gigantic 141,000 ton freighter was laden with whale meat, according to Greenpeace. 

    The environmental organisation is known for fighting its cause at sea and even has its own ship.

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Greenpeace activists scaled the Treasury building in central London in October 2010 to protest planned cuts to green business.

    The stunt was aimed at Chancellor George Osborne, who revealed huge cuts under austerity measures brought about in the wake of the global financial crisis.

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    An aerostatic Greenpeace balloon was seen next to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico in 2010. The stunt intended to put pressure on the world's nations as they spent two weeks in Cancun, Mexico debating the 193-nation U.N. climate treaty.

    Greenpeace aims to raise awareness as “temperatures climb, ice melts, seas rise and the climate that nurtured man shifts in unpredictable ways.”

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Greenpeace demonstrators scaled the City Hall building in Mexico City in 2010.

    The protest was held to demand that the Mexican government's energy policy invest in cleaner alternatives and move away from coal for the country's production of electrical energy.

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Greenpeace activists placed a large banner on a rail bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem in March 2013 with a stark message for Barack Obama.

    The Greenpeace activists protested against arctic drilling during Obama's visit to the region. It was unclear whether the President clapped eyes on the large banner.

     
     
     

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    Ed Holden
    By   | News channel launch editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 11 July 2013, 16:28 BST

    Tim Hewke of Greenpeace dispensed free bio-diesel to motorists in Edinburgh in 2001. The stunt was part of a campaign to pressurise the then Chancellor Gordon Brown into cutting taxes on green fuels in his budget.

    Greenpeace claimed that it would give away thousands of litres of bio-diesel during the action in Glasgow.

     
     
     

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