What We Do: Stopping Climate Change

Look to the future with Director of Energy Campaigns Gabe Wisniewski. Together we can take on big energy companies, make the switch to renewables, and stop climate change.

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Stop Global Warming | Energy [R]evolution

Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change requires a fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy. This shift should begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy. Fortunately, we can meet this challenge while giving a boost to the economy, energy sector employment and energy security. 

 

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The Science

Climate change is a reality. Today, our world is hotter than it has been in two thousand years, and we are experiencing faster sea level rise and more extreme weather than scientists had previously predicted. By the end of the century, if current trends continue, the global temperature will likely climb higher than at any time in the past two million years. Read more.

The Problem: Fossil Fuels

It's not hard to see the result of our reliance on fossil fuels. The full impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster may take a generation to reveal itself, but already hundreds of species of marine life have been affected, as have the communities that rely on the Gulf. Around the country, communities face devastating levels of water and air pollution as a result of coal burning power plants, which produce millions of tons of toxic sludge and smoke each year.

Fossil fuels also account for more than 80 percent of US global warming pollution. Global warming, if unchecked, threatens to fundamentally change the planet that has sustained our civilization. In the US, we’re already seeing some of the effects—wildfires tearing through western states, devastating floods in the southeast, and historic droughts in the midwest. Read more.

The Solutions: An Energy [R]evolution

With current technology, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal can provide 96% of our electricity and 98% of our total heating demand — accounting for almost all of our primary energy demand.

Investing in renewables could jumpstart our flagging economy, creating millions of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas. It could put the US back at the forefront of the 21st century economy, in front of China, which in 2009 became the largest global investor in renewables. Read more.

The Roadblocks

In addition to advocating for solutions to global warming and climate change, we are doing our part to call out the work being done — often secretively — to block climate regulations and policies that would kickstart the clean energy revolution.

Below are a few of the projects and resources we've created to try and remove roadblocks to progress on stopping global warming. Read more.

Working globally

Climate change and global warming are a priority issue for us here at Greenpeace. We realized years ago that it has the potential to wipe out most of the gains the environmental movement has made in other areas. Disruptions to ecosystems will likely harm everything from minke whales to coral reefs to polar bears. Whole forests will be lost, and hundreds of thousands of species will become extinct. Read more.

The latest updates

 

Twitter, turn my #NatureSelfie green!

Blog by Cassady Sharp | June 24, 2014

Last week, we launched a contest asking people to kick off summer  by taking a photo of themselves enjoying the outdoors and tagging it #NatureSelfie. The #NatureSelfie contest was more than just snapping candids outdoors. It’s also a way to...

Help protect the Pacific Northwest from coal exports – and the “vulture” capitalists...

Blog by Brian Manning | June 24, 2014

In the face of the coal industry’s efforts to force coal export terminals on the Pacific Northwest, thousands of people in Oregon and Washington have been working together to protect our communities. We have submitted comments, organized rallies...

Step #1 in making a better coal ash law? Stop Duke’s corrupting influence

Blog by Brian Johnson | June 24, 2014

A very important bill is sailing through the North Carolina Senate. Only four months following Duke’s massive coal ash spill at Dan River plant, S729 is the senate’s working answer to Duke’s coal ash problem. Whether the bill will contain all...

K Street Confrontation: Greenpeace Questions Coal Lobbyist Jeff Holmstead (VIDEO)

Blog by Connor Gibson | June 20, 2014

If you’re a coal lobbyist like Jeff Holmstead, getting stuck in an elevator with Greenpeace activists is an inconvenient occupational hazard. It’s worse if you can’t catch a cab during an uncomfortable conversation about your work to attack...

Celebrating summer solstice with some of our favorite U.S. solar projects

Blog by Jason Schwartz | June 20, 2014

Greenpeace has nothing against night time, but we have to say: these days we’re kind of into the sun. That’s why in advance of this summer solstice, the day the sun shines longest all year, we are taking a little time to give props. And we’re...

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