Postcards from Climate Change

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

 

Greenpeace calls on President Obama to review the latest climate science

Blog by stevenbiel | March 17, 2009 2 comments

This week, Greenpeace Legislative Director Rick Hind and interim Executive Director Mike Clark delivered a letter to the Obama administration urging them to review the most recent climate science and bring his proposals in line with...

Senator Bernie Sanders and Greenpeace Call for an Energy Revolution

Blog by stevenbiel | March 12, 2009

This week, as Mike told you yesterday, we've been rolling out our clean energy scenario--the blueprint for how America can cut global warming pollution by science-based levels and meet growing energy needs at the same time.   There...

The Energy [R]evolution is underway and Obama gets it... But now is no time for...

Blog by mikeg | March 11, 2009 2 comments

As the Obama Administration continues to make great strides in reversing the trajectory of the Bush years with regard to global warming policy, we have released the new U.S. scenario of the Energy [R]evolution report . The Energy...

Greenpeace action in Brussels today, includes images!

Blog by mikeg | March 10, 2009

Our colleagues in Europoe carried out a terrific action today. To protest the European Union's failure to commit funds for climate mitigation in developing countries, 340 Greenpeace activists from across Europe converged on a meeting...

Show me what democracy looks like

Blog by mikeg | March 4, 2009

This is what democracy looks like:

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