Greenpeace USA is launching a revolution today - an Energy [R]evolution, with the official release of Greenpeace USA's Energy Revolution scenario. The US Energy Revolution is part of a sustainable global energy outlook, with an original report which is 212 pages long, contributed to by scientists, engineers, academics, and developed with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). You can download both the full 212 page report in all its glory, or a more time-friendly 16 page version here, OR I could sum it up for you right now.
Our reliance on dirty energy has helped to create the greatest threat we've ever faced: climate change. You may hear that a shift away from fossil fuels and nuclear is not possible, or not necessary, or not urgent - but it's not true. The Energy Revolution report is proof that a major change of direction in our energy consumption is possible, necessary, and urgent in order to avoid the worst consequences of what dirty energy has helped to create. You need to be part of the revolution. Here is one reason to believe:
This is just the first of three 'Reasons to Believe' videos that will be released over the coming months, and have been narrated by American actress Susan Sarandon. They will show you how we can achieve an energy revolution through greater efficiency, updated infrastructure and improved transport. Sign up to the Energy [R]evolution and receive updates as the campaign progresses.
*Update. Wondering why there is no inspiring video in this post? Our first 'Reasons to Believe' video narrated by the lovely Susan Sarandon mentioned the fact that New Zealand planned to ban traditional lightbulbs in 2009. This is no longer the case, due to the backtracking of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's government. Sadly, we've had to take down the video. But, to end on a high note - India has pulled ahead where New Zealand has staggered and plans to phase out 400 million traditional lightbulbs. The equivalent of shutting down four coal-fired power plants.