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.

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Oil-by-Rail Threatens Safety of People and Planet in Pacific Northwest

Blog by Cassady Sharp | August 12, 2014

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch By Stephanie Spear, CEO of EcoWatch With an estimated 9 million barrels of crude oil moving over rail lines in North America at any given moment, it’s no wonder that safety and environmental ramifications...

My colleague Gabe says Twitter should consider planet and profit. Gabe, I agree

Blog by Larry the Twitter Bird | August 11, 2014

Fellow Twitter users: Hi, there! It’s me, Larry the Twitter Bird! You may remember me hatching in front of Twitter’s headquarters a few months back. I called on my company to #ClickClean and power its data centers with 100% renewable energy. I...

Weak coal ash bill stalls, highlights need for real action

Blog by Brian Johnson | August 11, 2014

The North Carolina legislature’s weak bill on coal ash has stalled, putting on hold legislation that would have failed to protect residents from the dangers of coal ash. While the bill could yet pass with some additional provisions, the turn of...

ALEC has “No Comment” on Free Markets Contradiction

Blog by Connor Gibson | August 11, 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council doesn’t like clean energy. And ALEC doesn’t care about free markets. Like most of its operations, ALEC won’t talk about these realities in an open way. I tried at ALEC’s recent Annual Meeting in Dallas,...

Flying over the Decker coal export mine

Blog by dbest | August 9, 2014

I set my alarm for 4:30 in the morning and was standing in a damp field just miles from Decker Coal mine by 6 am. As we prepared the airship for flight, we watched a perfect pink and purple sunrise light up the surrounding bluffs. Decker Coal...

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