Coal

Coal fired power plants are the biggest source of man made CO2 emissions. This makes coal energy the single greatest threat facing our climate.

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To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including widespread drought, flooding and massive population displacement caused by rising sea levels, we need to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC (compared to pre-industrial levels). To do this, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2015 and from there go down to zero.

I can’t understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants.

Noble Peace Prize winner Al Gore

A third of all carbon dioxide emissions come from burning coal. It's used to produce nearly 40 percent of the world’s power, and hundreds of new coal plants are planned over the next years if the industry gets its way.

Apart from climate change, coal also causes irreparable damage to the environment, people’s health and communities around the world. While the coal industry itself isn’t paying for the damage it causes, the world at large is.

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The world has enough technically accessible renewable energy to meet current energy demands six times over. We need an energy revolution that substitutes wind, solar, energy efficiency and other modern technologies for dirty energy sources like coal.

Unfortunately, governments across the world are allowing industry to spend hundreds of billion of dollars to build hundreds of new coal-fired power stations worldwide in the coming years. If they are built, CO2 emissions from coal are expected to rise 60 percent by 2030. This will undermine any international agreements to tackle climate change.

These governments have in part been seduced by an illusion of “clean coal.” The result of a major public relations offensive by the coal industry including a number of dubious “technological fixes” that they claim make burning coal safe for the climate.

Coal blockade

Activists block the construction of a new coal fired power plant in Rotterdam.

One of these Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS) is a plan to capture carbon emissions from power stations and bury them underground. The technology won’t be ready for at least another 20 years, too late to save the climate. Yet the vague promises of CCS are being used to justify building new coal-fired plants. These plants will spew out enormous amounts of CO2 pollution for at least the next 20 years and probably during their whole 40-year lifetime. In short, any new coal fired power plant will contribute massively to the climate crisis.

The world doesn’t need more coal, it needs an Energy [R]evolution.

As world leaders fail to step up and take the necessary action to stop coal, people across the world are taking on the struggles themselves. Across the world environmental activists, students, doctors, church leaders and many more are mobilising against coal.

We have been supporting local movements against coal accross the globe and taking action to stop global warming.

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End the age of coal

Video | 1 July, 2013 at 14:00

In Istanbul alone, 500 young climate activists from 134 countries joined thousands of Turkish activists and Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo to call for an end to the age of coal, to protect the Earth's climate.

Carbon Trading and Coal: Making the Right Choice

Blog entry by Arin de Hoog | 12 June, 2013 3 comments

It’s time for the EU to make some decisions about its own future and the future of its citizens. There are two things at stake; the fiscal impetus of recovering a carbon emissions trading scheme which is perilously close to...

We can, must and should end the age of coal

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 12 June, 2013

Coal threatens everything we love and treasure and we now have new research to establish this in our report "Silent Killers". We must stand together and bring an end to the age of coal. Our renewed fight will kick off on the 29th of...

Silent Killers

Publication | 11 June, 2013 at 23:00

32,000 life years would be robbed every year if the coal-fired power plants currently under construction or in planning go into operation. This loss of life is entirely unnecessary, as renewable energy and the latest cutting-edge energy-efficient...

Carbon dioxide reaches levels never seen by humans

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | 11 May, 2013 7 comments

The levels of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The last time levels were this high global average temperatures eventually reached 3 or 4C° higher than now,...

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