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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

 

Yahoo dumps ALEC climate deniers, joining the exodus

Blog by David Pomerantz | September 24, 2014

Yahoo just announced that it has become the fifth company in the past few months to confirm that it is ending its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, the notorious climate denying lobby group that has attacked clean...

A Student Perspective on the People’s Climate March

Blog by Guest Post | September 24, 2014

Guest post by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student Brian Vaughn In a defining moment in the history of the movement against human caused climate change, 400,000 people made their presence known at the People’s Climate March on Sunday...

Aerial Video: Immense Crowd at People’s Climate March

Blog by Connor Gibson | September 23, 2014

Here’s a nice, shot, submitted to Democracy Now! by an anonymous pilot of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV – a.k.a. “drone”). Attendance estimates at the People’s Climate March officially range from 125,000-311,000, according to different...

Climate action – who is stopping us?

Blog by Kumi Naidoo | September 23, 2014

The world has changed since our leaders discussed climate change in 2009. It has become even more evident; ravaging crops in Africa, melting ice in the Arctic, drowning the Philippines and drying-up California. The poor are paying the highest...

Greenpeace Delivers People’s Message on Eve of Climate Summit

Blog by Molly Dorozenski | September 23, 2014

Early Tuesday morning, after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York to demand climate action over the weekend, Greenpeace projected the message “Listen to the People, Not the Polluters” on the side of the United Nations...

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