The threat of climate change

We all depend on a stable climate, but global warming threatens this vital foundation of all life. Climate change is here now and human activity, scientists agree, is the cause. Today every land on Earth is affected, but if we don't act now, the threat to our children and grandchildren will be far, far worse. Together we must make the leap to a safe, secure energy future for all, 100 percent powered by solar, wind and other clean renewable sources.

Climate change important and lasting changes in the global climate is happening because of global warming, the increasing average global temperature.

The global average temperature is now about 1° Celsius hotter than pre-industrial times.

Around the world, climate change already means hundreds of thousands of lives lost each year. The beautiful wildlife we love and seek to protect, from dazzling tropical coral reefs to powerful polar bears, is under threat.

Scientists are certain about the cause

The debate about the cause of global warming and climate change is over.

The cause, climate scientists agree, is human activity creating an overload of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Burning fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — is the biggest source of these emissions.

It's time to solve the problem

Only urgent, deep cuts in emissions will give us a reasonable chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and keep global temperature rise under 1.5° Celsius.  

We have only a limited time to act — we can't wait any longer.

Keep fossil fuels in the ground

Greenpeace is working planet-wide to speed up the shift away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate change, pollute our air, and make us sick.

Greenpeace is fighting for climate justice for people, and to hold the big polluters to account.

Embrace a 100% clean, renewable energy future

Greenpeace has a positive vision for the future. We believe today's children will be the first to live in a world totally powered by the sun, wind and other safe, clean energy sources.

The latest updates

 

Rainbow Warrior in Lebanon to launch solar unity campaign in Mediterranean

Press release | 27 August, 2016 at 13:52

Beirut, 27 August 2016 – The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior is today in the Port of Beirut for the first time in history to host a press conference and launch the “Sun unites us” Mediterranean tour which will highlight the massive potential for...

World’s largest carbon producers ordered to respond to allegations of human rights...

Press release | 27 July, 2016 at 4:50

Manila, 27 July 2016 - Companies responsible for the majority of fossil fuel products that have been manufactured, marketed, and sold since the industrial revolution and have contributed the lion’s share of cumulative global emissions of...

Sweden subverts Paris agreement with Vattenfall coal deal

Press release | 2 July, 2016 at 13:43

Stockholm, 2 July 2016 – Greenpeace condemns the Swedish government’s decision to allow state-owned Vattenfall to hand over its lignite mine assets in Germany to the Czech company EPH. The decision announced this morning risks catastrophic...

World renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays historic concert on Arctic Ocean

Press release | 20 June, 2016 at 11:30

Amsterdam, 20 June, 2016 - Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi, today performed one of his own compositions, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in...

Increased extreme weather events predicted due to effect of climate change on the Arctic

Press release | 7 June, 2016 at 12:37

Madrid, 7 June 2016 - The effects of climate change on the Arctic — including melting ice and sea level rise — may possibly alter weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. These effects could include hotter, drier summers in some areas, wetter...

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