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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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Greenpeace Awards Visionary Student Filmmakers

Blog by Melissa Thompson | February 20, 2015

“I wish we saw more of this artful approach to environmental topics.” – Chico Colvard “An emotional appeal even for those who are not necessarily thinking about climate change” – Caty Borum Chatoo “Can watch it over and over again!” – Tia Lessin...

Four Years After Greenpeace Sting: PR Firm Dumps Oil Lobbyists

Blog by Connor Gibson | February 20, 2015

Perhaps you heard the good news – the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, just spun off an advertising subsidiary so that it could show a commitment to not aiding the denial of climate change science. The Guardian explains how API’s...

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, We Love Solar, and So Should You

Blog by Hanna Mitchell | February 20, 2015

Photos by Ahmer Inam This Valentines Day, kids in North Carolina showed their love for renewable energy. A local coalition of labor, education, and environmental groups–including Greenpeace–has just launched an initiative, called Repower our...

Reforming North Carolina Politics: A love letter from the HkonJ movement

Blog by Hanna Mitchell | February 19, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, while people across the country were exchanging flowers and chocolate, thousands of North Carolinians gathered in the state capital at the HKonJ Peoples Assembly for Peace, Love and Justice. Greenpeace is a proud member of...

Resource Capital Funds’ Risky bet on coal exports

Blog by Joe Smyth | February 13, 2015

The coal industry’s efforts to boost exports of coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia have run into a lot of obstacles – widespread opposition from communities that would be impacted from increased coal train traffic and pollution mean that...

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