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

 

Something afoot in the Arctic

Blog by greenpeace_guest_blogger | July 17, 2009

By Eric Philips, Australian polar explorer, currently acting safety guide on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise . This post also appeared on CNN.com. I'm writing this blog from Petermann Glacier in northwest Greenland,...

Greenpeace Mt. Rushmore activist on Bill Moyers tonight!

Blog by mikeg | July 17, 2009 2 comments

Tune in to Bill Moyers Journal tonight and check out an interview he did with Mary Sweeters, one of our activists who was involved in last week's Mt. Rushmore action. In most areas, the show airs at 9:00 pm local time on PBS. But if...

It's time to phase out F-gases

Blog by mikeg | July 16, 2009

By now, F-gases are probably no longer the worst greenhouse gas that you’ve never heard of. But if the EPA would just approve non-F-gas refrigerants for use in the US, we could all go back to not needing to know anything about them.

More images from Mt. Rushmore, and one of the climbers on Democracy Now!

Blog by mikeg | July 10, 2009 6 comments

These images pretty much speak for themselves. If you want to send your own message to President Obama, sign our petition now . And check out Matt Leonard, one of the climbers, on Democracy Now!

Update from Mt Rushmore

Blog by jessmil | July 9, 2009 21 comments

Greetings from South Dakota. Let me start out by saying, "thank you." Many of you have read about the action that 11 of us took at Mt Rushmore yesterday. It has been a long couple of days and the support that we have felt from all of...

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