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

 

"Memo to Media: Industry Spin on Climate is Still Deceiving You"

Blog by mikeg | April 24, 2009

There was a rather interesting (if you want to call it that) story in the New York Times today about how the Global Climate Coalition, "a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels," ignored its own scientists'...

Earth Day is Every Day - New video from Windy City action!

Blog by mikeg | April 24, 2009

Just thought I'd share this video put together by our awesome video crew. It's from the Windy City action we did on Earth Day — when we erected six wind turbines in downtown Chicago to show what the clean energy future will look...

Petition to save the polar bears delivered to DOI

Blog by ryanpatterson | April 22, 2009 1 comment

I have a giant poster with pictures of polar bears on it next to my desk. It reminds me of one of the reasons I work at Greenpeace: to help those that can’t help them selves. The polar bear was listed as an Endangered Species in the...

Happy Earth Day from the Windy City

Blog by kellyemitchell | April 22, 2009

Things have finally started to calm down in the Greenpeace office here in the Windy City following our successful installation of six wind turbines in downtown Chicago (view a slideshow , read more ). Now, as a bit of background...

Inspiring Action on Earth Day

Blog by mikeg | April 21, 2009

As I’m sure you know, tomorrow is Earth Day. But this year, we’re getting started a day early. (Besides, it’s already Earth Day in places like Japan, Fiji, and New Zealand.) With the Copenhagen Climate Conference coming up in December...

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