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

 

Taking Flight for Solar Choice in North Carolina Skies

Blog by Monica Embrey | May 5, 2015

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Greenpeace ‘One World’ hot air balloon! An Earth-shaped hot air balloon carrying the messages “Solar works for all” and “Duke stop blocking solar” floated today at sunrise beside the Charlotte skyline for all...

New science shows fracking contaminates groundwater, yet EPA is still muzzled by...

Blog by Jesse Coleman | May 5, 2015

A new study has found that shale drilling and fracking contaminated drinking water wells in Pennsylvania. The study represents the first peer-reviewed paper confirming that fracking can and does contaminate drinking water supplies. The study...

Peabody’s New CEO Can’t Fix Old Problems

Blog by Diana Best | May 5, 2015

Yesterday, at their annual shareholder meeting in St.Louis, Glenn Kellow stepped in as Peabody’s newest CEO.  After reporting larger than expected losses in the first quarter and facing a slew of red flags from regulators and analysts alike,...

Greenpeace Podcast: Dirty oil is not dirty when it’s called something else.

Blog by Mary Ambrose | April 30, 2015

When is dirty oil not dirty oil? When you call it something else. We call the biggest resource extraction project in Canada the tar sands. Not the oil sands. That’s what those doing the extracting call it. We call it the tar sands because it is...

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans Threaten Wrangel Island Heritage Site

Blog by Cassady Sharp | April 28, 2015

If you want to visit Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a remote haven of unique wildlife and ancient biodiversity in the Chukchi Sea, you’re gonna need several government permits, an experienced guide, and maybe even access to an...

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