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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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Greenpeace Airship Highlights Coal Pollution

Blog by rgardner | August 11, 2011 1 comment

Today, the A.E. Bates airship flew past the Portland Generating Station in Portland, PA. The airship carried the message: “If you can read this, you’re breathing coal pollution” to show people in both states that the invisible but...

LA Rising Against Coal: Tom Morello (and 60,000 attendees) join the fight!

Blog by Lauren Keenan | August 9, 2011 3 comments

(The following blog entry was written by Greenpeace Los Angeles Volunteer Leader Lauren Keenan) For almost a year now, Greenpeace Los Angeles has been diligently fighting against our city’s addiction to coal.   When we were asked...

Duke announces closure of polluting coal boiler at Miami Fort Station

Blog by Wojo | August 9, 2011 1 comment

Photo courtesy of Ohio Citizen Action Duke Energy has announced that the Miami Fort coal plant will shut down one of three boilers on January 1, 2015, less than three weeks after the company’s decision to shut down the ...

Halt Fracking! 68 Groups Say to Obama

Blog by Kyle Ash | August 8, 2011 10 comments

This morning, CEOs, founders, and other leaders of 68 organizations sent a letter to President Obama , urging that he do what he can to stop the dangerous extraction of shale gas that is occurring across the country without any...

Faces of Chicago's coal fight

Blog by Edyta Sitko | August 5, 2011

This is a guest blog by Luis Arriaga, a Greenpeace volunteer leader in Chicago. Growing up next to a state park was a blessing. I got to experience nature first hand, but there is something off about Silver Springs State Park. ...

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