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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.

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What YUM! Inc. Doesn't Want You to Know

Blog by rskar | April 26, 2011 6 comments

Have you ever heard of the company called YUM! Brands? Most haven’t.  Despite that, YUM! is actually the world’s largest fast-food company... bigger than McDonald’s or Burger King.  You probably haven’t heard of them because they...

Michigan State University ignores students on Earth Day

Blog by David Pinsky | April 22, 2011 4 comments

Today, Michigan State University students and community members marched and rallied with climate activist Tim DeChristopher at the steps of Michigan State’s Hannah Administration Building, eagerly awaiting an announcement from the...

Facebook and the Earth Day Challenge

Blog by Casey Harrell | April 22, 2011 2 comments

Readers of this blog know the campaign to get Facebook to Unfriend Coal .  Since we first asked Facebook to power its services with renewable power in 2010, over 700,000 Greenpeace supporters have joined us. This campaign is about...

Activists occupy oil rig bound for Arctic drilling

Blog by Feature Story | April 22, 2011 1 comment

Update: After occupying the rig for over 12 hours the activists were forced to come down. They are all safe. Activists are demanding an end to reckless deepwater oil drilling and taking bold action to stop the oil rig Leiv...

Holding Chicago's Politicians Accountable

Blog by Edyta Sitko | April 21, 2011

Today, in the waning moments of Mayor Daley’s administration, the Clean Power Ordinance is scheduled to be heard before a joint Chicago City Council Committee.  The Ordinance would require Fisk and Crawford dirty coal plants in Chicago...

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