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.

The latest updates

 

Citizen Koch Film Finally Premiers in U.S. Cities After David Koch Censorship

Blog by Connor Gibson | June 6, 2014

A documentary is finally about to see the light of day, after being defunded and subject to de facto censorship thanks to the influence of billionaire David Koch of Koch Industries. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s Citizen Koch examines how the...

What will be the impact of China’s proposed carbon emissions cap?

Blog by Li Shuo | June 4, 2014

China, the world’s biggest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, may set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions starting in 2016, according to sources quoted by Reuters. The move comes after a series of coal control measures driven by...

9 things you should know about Pres. Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Blog by Jason Schwartz | June 3, 2014

Crossposted from Grist President Obama and the EPA made history yesterday with their Clean Power Plan, a set of new regulations that will phase out many of America’s coal-fired power plants. Ben Adler over at Grist has a great 9-point rundown of...

Greenpeace joins a fight against coal in India

Blog by Emma Gibson | May 29, 2014

Mahan, a forested area in northern India, is sometimes called the ‘Badlands’ because of its history of lawlessness. It certainly feels like the wild west sometimes, except instead of a gold rush here, there’s a scramble for something a whole lot...

North Carolina Fracking Bill’s Sponsor Has Close Ties to Oil and Gas Industry

Blog by Jesse Coleman | May 28, 2014

A bill being pushed through the North Carolina legislature would fast track hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill passed the state Senate yesterday and now heads to the House. The bill, called the Energy Modernization Act, was introduced...

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