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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


The Arctic Sunrise is coming to Wilmington, NC

Publication | January 14, 2011 at 13:00

We are very excited to announce that Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, is coasting into Wilmington from January 20-23, 2011, in order to kick of our East Coast Coal Free Future Tour!

The True Cost of Coal - Coal Ash in China

Publication | September 15, 2010 at 10:00

The True Cost of Coal – An Investigation into Coal Ash in China, focuses on a long-ignored type of coal pollution. An inevitable byproduct of coal power generation, coal ash is also China’s largest single source of industrial solid waste.

History of Oil Disasters

Publication | August 30, 2010 at 17:09

As the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to capture headlines around the globe due to its massive size and potential impact, it is useful to look back at the history of U.S. regulation of offshore drilling, and the spills that accompany ocean...

BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill: Economic Impacts

Publication | August 30, 2010 at 17:08

The economic costs of the Gulf oil spill is being counted in billions of dollars, according to recent news reports, and will hit coastline industries, such as Louisiana’s oyster and shrimp industry, the hardest. Tourism along the Gulf Coast is...

BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill: Ecological Impacts

Publication | August 30, 2010 at 13:57

The long-term ecological impacts of the Gulf oil spill have yet to be fully understood, following the the leaking from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig of 5 million barrels (205.8 million gallons) of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill, which...

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