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


Koch Bros Spindoctor Up

Blog by Phil Radford | February 2, 2011 5 comments

Image: David and Julia Koch looking down on rally at Rancho Mirage. -- Politico is reporting today that fossil fuel barons and global warming denial ringleaders Charles and David Koch have retained an army of public...

Underwater At Cancun

Blog by bmeyers | January 31, 2011

Of many interesting images of people interacting with an underwater art installation by Jason deCaires Taylor called "The Silent Evolution," this one is my favorite. I love the ethereal feeling of Greenpeace, Tck, tck, tck and 350.org...

A glimpse of the Koch Brothers' dirty money network

Blog by Joe Smyth | January 30, 2011 6 comments

Greenpeace's airship flew over the Rancho Las Palmas resort Friday to send a message to the Koch Brothers and the arriving attendees of their secret strategy meeting - "Koch Brothers: Dirty Money" How much dirty money are we...

Demanding Liberty from Coal in PA

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | January 30, 2011 6 comments

Yesterday, as part of our Coal Free Future Tour , a group of Philadelphia activists marched from the Arctic Sunrise to Independence Hall to demand liberty from coal. I went to college in Philadelphia, and I must admit, it’s hard not...

Greenpeace airship sends message to secretive oil billionaires’ strategy meeting:...

Blog by Kert Davies | January 28, 2011 10 comments

Today, a Greenpeace team flew our airship with a banner reading “Koch Brothers: Dirty Money” over Rancho Mirage, California as oil billionaires David and Charles Koch convened their latest secret political strategy meeting at a resort...

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