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.

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Take A Stand

Blog by mikeg | February 12, 2009

Susan Sarandon lent her voice to this PSA asking everyone to join us at the Capitol Climate Action in Washington, DC on March 2nd, 2009. Thousands of people will come together that day in a multi-generational act of civil...

Seven-year-old global warming lawsuit comes to an end, setting a powerful precedent

Blog by mikeg | February 10, 2009

Along with various other entities, we filed a federal lawsuit in 2002 to force two U.S. agencies to address the global warming implications of their financing activities abroad. We’re glad to report that the suit was settled on...

There are lots of ways to get involved with the Capitol Climate Action

Blog by mikeg | February 6, 2009

Most everyone who visits this site or reads this blog with any regularity has probably already heard about the Capitol Climate Action – a massive direct action targeting the Capitol Power Plant in Washington, D.C. This plant no...

Renewable energy & Economic stimulus

Blog by mikeg | February 4, 2009

According to the American Wind Energy Association , the wind energy industry installed “8,358 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity (enough to serve over 2 million homes)” in 2008. To achieve this growth, the wind industry now...

Global Warming deniers lose one of their favorite arguments -- and that's actually...

Blog by mikeg | January 23, 2009

Climate scientists have long reported that Antarctica is one of the few places on the planet where climate change is linked with cooler temperatures. Many global warming skeptics pointed to cooling temperatures in Antarctica to...

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