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

 

Melting sea ice breaks new records — an Arctic sanctuary is more urgent than ever

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 23 March, 2017

With sea ice at record low levels this winter, the Arctic needs us now perhaps more than ever. Last week, a vote in the European Parliament showed that Arctic protection has become an established conversation in the corridors of...

How community land rights can save our forests and climate

Blog entry by Fionuala Cregan | 21 March, 2017

Almost exactly two years ago, the local communities of Mahan forest, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, had plenty of reason to celebrate. On the eve of the International Day of Forests 2015, they received news that their...

When reindeer have nowhere to run

Blog entry by Konstantin Fomin | 17 March, 2017

For hundreds of years the Khanty people of Western Siberia have lived in harmony with nature. But as the oil industry seizes more and more of their land, their animals perish in oil spills and reindeer herders are losing their last...

The world is ready to Break Free. Will you join us?

Blog entry by Agustin Maggio | 13 March, 2017

This weekend marked the global kick-off of the Break Free movement calling for a world free from fossil fuels. Break Free is a wave of individuals, communities, local and international organisations taking a firm stance against...

A movement spanning six continents demands a world free from fossil fuels

Press release | 13 March, 2017 at 7:35

Amsterdam, 13 March 2017 - Break Free from fossil fuels protests in Croatia and Israel have kickstarted the latest wave of protests by a global movement determined to accelerate the shift to an era of renewable energy, with further activities...

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