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

 

Time for Europe to stand up for peace - and renewables

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 17 February, 2017 1 comment

Every year, the Munich Security Conference brings together the most senior decision-makers to debate critical issues in international security. This year, I will join them. And while I am sure I will disagree with most of the...

‘Planet Earth First’ – Greenpeace calls for united climate leadership at G20 meeting

Press release | 16 February, 2017 at 15:15

Bonn, 16 February 2017 – Greenpeace Germany activists challenged the Trump Administration’s America First policy today, unveiling a banner that said ‘Planet Earth First’ as they called for joint climate action at the G20 foreign ministers meeting.

We are going to court!

Blog entry by Michelle Jonker-Argueta | 15 February, 2017 1 comment

It's time we hold governments accountable for their climate promises; we must protect the pristine Arctic - it's critical for the preservation of our planet for future generations. That’s why we’re taking Arctic oil to court. ...

Climate lawsuit against Arctic oil goes to court

Press release | 15 February, 2017 at 7:00

Oslo, Norway, 15 February 2017 – Oslo District Court has announced the hearing dates for the climate case filed against the Norwegian government for granting new oil drilling licenses in the Arctic ocean. The hearing will start on 13 November and...

Missing the Target

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 10 February, 2017 6 comments

The urgency to solve our climate crisis feels something like a ship heading off course: The longer you delay, the more you have to turn the wheel.   Consider these numbers: 2, 350, 1990. These were the original climate goals. In...

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