Energy [R]evolution

Icebergs from glaciers display alarming signs of increased melt and flow rate in Greenland. © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

Greenpeace pressures the federal government and mobilizes Canadians to demand action on climate change. We have developed a comprehensive Energy [R]evolution for Canada that outlines a green energy future that challenges this country’s current destructive energy scenario. Become part of the Canadian Energy [R]evolution and fight climate change by supporting renewable energy.

Climate change is a reality, and it’s caused by human activity: the burning of fossil fuels. Climate change has a serious effect on the environment and people. Experts estimate hundreds of thousands of people die annually from the effects of climate change. Global warming causes glaciers to melt, sea levels to rise, extreme weather and habitat loss.

Climate scientists agree that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2015 and then drop significantly to keep the increase in the average global temperature to less than 2 degrees C and avoid catastrophic climate change.

How Greenpeace works to stop climate change

  • Targeting offenders: We take direct action against operations in the tar sands.
  • Pressuring governments: We confront the federal and Alberta governments and urge them to stop promoting the dirty oil of the tar sands and do more to tackle climate change. We pressure the federal government to make its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 stronger.
  • Mobilizing Canadians: We inspire Canadians—150,000 and counting—to join us in demanding action on climate change from the federal government.
  • Offering energy alternatives: We urge Canada to invest in green energy. The Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution for Canada and other Energy [R]evolution reports show how a green energy system and higher energy efficiency can address climate change.

The latest updates


Oil giants "underestimating investor risk" on tar sands, says new Greenpeace report

Feature story | September 15, 2008 at 17:00

A new report by Greenpeace UK was released internationally today, warning of increasing financial risk for UK oil giants BP and Shell, who have invested heavily in the Alberta tar sands.

Greenpeace activists interrupt Syncrude tar sands operation

Feature story | July 23, 2008 at 17:00

Greenpeace activists entered Syncrude’s Aurora North Tar Sands facility earlier today, erecting a banner that transformed the opening of a tailings pond pipe into the “mouth” of a giant skull, spewing toxic sludge into the same tailings pond that...

Greenpeace in Quebec City for the Council of the Federation meeting to press...

Feature story | July 15, 2008 at 17:00

Greenpeace activists are in Quebec City for the Council of the Federation meeting to pressure Canada’s premiers to sign on to the KYOTOplus targets for greenhouse gas reductions. The Council of 13 premiers from the provinces and territories...

"Qualified support" for Liberal carbon tax

Feature story | June 19, 2008 at 17:00

Greenpeace has issued a statement offering qualified support for the carbon tax plan that Liberal leader Stéphane Dion has released. We welcomed the release of the Liberal carbon tax plan as a useful step towards reducing Canada’s greenhouse...

Tar Sands: destruction at its worst

Blog entry by Mike Hudema | June 19, 2008 3 comments

The Flow Must Go On Amid major flooding in the Midwest that marks a break from normal weather patterns , President Bush comes out in favor of offshore drilling. It's easy to make Bush an environmental straw man (sometimes I find...

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