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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

 

Postcard from Colorado: H2Oil

Video | November 19, 2013 at 10:33

In September 2013, Colorado's Front Range area was hit by an unprecedented rainfall and massive floods. This Postcard from Climate Change shows the impact on fracked wells in Weld County, home to the highest density of oil and gas wells in the...

Postcard from the Oregon Coast (Mark Wygard)

Video | November 19, 2013 at 10:33

Mark Wygard is an oyster farmer on the Oregon coast and over the past few years he's seen some astonishing changes in the ocean that nearly destroyed his business. One day he showed up to tanks that were full of oyster larvae just two days before...

Postcard from the Sacramento Delta

Video | November 19, 2013 at 10:33

Jay Lund, scientist, and Daniel Wilson, farmer, take us on a tour of the Sacramento Delta, where the land level continues to sink, as the sea level continues to rise. How will this story end? Part of the Postcards from Climate Change series,...

Wish You Were Here? Postcard from the Rockaways, One Year Later

Video | November 19, 2013 at 10:33

What has happened in the year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaways? Did the hurricane help wash away the dividing line between this community's haves and have nots? Produced and shot by Cheryl Hess and edited by Scott Markowitz for...

Postcard from Asheville, NC (Ned Gardiner)

Video | November 19, 2013 at 10:33

Ned Gardiner is the Visualization Project Manager at NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Climate Program Office. In this video, Ned talks about the severity of climate change and stresses the importance understanding how our...

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