Five things people get wrong about activism

Everyone has a part to play in fighting the climate crisis, but there are lots of myths flying around that can stop people getting involved. Let's set the record straight.


Greenpeace is recruiting new activists to join peaceful protests and direct actions – because fighting the climate crisis takes all of us! 

But right now, environmental activism doesn’t always feel safe or welcoming for those who need it most. We’re working hard to build a more inclusive activist community, but there are also lots of myths about activism that can put people off. So let’s set the record straight.

You don’t have to be an expert

Some people worry that they don’t know enough about climate change or environmental policy to get involved. But you don’t need lots of technical knowledge to be a good activist. As long as you’re willing to learn about and advocate for nature, climate and social justice, you’re in the right place!

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You don’t have to be fearless

Activists are often described as brave, and sometimes it does take a bit of courage to stand up for what’s right. But it’s normal to be nervous! We all get nervous in the run-up to an action, but that’s when we pull together and support each other. And remember: being part of a team doing protests and actions can be incredibly empowering.

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You don’t have to be super-fit

It might seem like activists are always running, climbing and bouncing around in boats, but in reality, lots of activism isn’t very physical. There are so many different roles for activists: talking to the public, occupying a space, taking care of other activists and much more. We all bring different skills and interests to an action, and whatever your physical abilities, there’ll be a useful part to play.

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You won’t be on your own

Although activism does involve some calculated risks, the safety and welfare of activists is always Greenpeace’s top priority. You’ll always be thoroughly briefed and fully trained, and our legal team and welfare volunteers are there to support you every step of the way. As well as your immediate team on a specific action, there’s a friendly, well organised activist community on hand for the times between actions.

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Activism changes the world

Peaceful protest isn’t the only way to fight for a cause, but it is a powerful, proven tool for changing the world. Through activism, people have won rights we hardly even think about now. The weekend, for example, wasn’t firmly established until the 1930s, after many years of campaigning by trade unions and civil society beginning in the late 1800s. There’s a rich history of successful resistance movements, and Greenpeace owes many of its victories to the tactics and knowledge they developed.

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