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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

 

Make a call for sustainability

Blog by mikeg | June 28, 2009

Yesterday I told you about a new policy Timberland had released for protecting the Amazon — a welcome policy that nonetheless fell short in one key area: Timberland's policy did not take a hard line against Bertin, a supplier of...

Greenpeace opposes Waxman-Markey

Blog by mikeg | June 25, 2009 4 comments

President Obama vowed to “restore science to its rightful place” in his inagural address . And then earlier today he said , "Now is the time for us to lead…. We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past...

Signed, Sealed -- and now Delivered

Blog by josef | June 24, 2009 4 comments

It took three Greenpeace staffers, two hand trucks, and a taxicab, but we did it.  On Tuesday, we delivered over 20,000 public comment cards to the Environmental Protection Agency, urging them to conduct an "endangerment finding" that...

Greenpeace activists in Mexico urge US to "Act Now!"

Blog by mikeg | June 22, 2009 1 comment

As the world’s largest emitters gathered in Mexico for the US-led Major Economies Forum, several of my colleagues staged a banner hang to call on the United States to take the lead on climate action. A banner reading "Save the Climate,...

The End of the Line

Blog by cassontrenor | June 22, 2009

On Friday the 19th, I was invited to participate in a short Q&A session directly following the release of The End of the Line , a new documentary about the state of our oceans, at a movie theater in the East Village. Even though...

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