Postcards from Climate Change

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

 

Activists arrested and pod captured but this is not the end

Blog by Ben Stewart | June 2, 2011 4 comments

Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside. Hannah and Luke had been...

Former Edison International CEO nominated for Secretary of Commerce

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | May 31, 2011 1 comment

A week ago, eight Greenpeace activists scaled a 450-foot smokestack at the Fisk coal plant in Chicago and painted QUIT COAL on the side. That same day, a different team of activists rappelled off a bridge and blocked a shipment of...

Amazing Photos: occupying the world's most controversial oil rig

Blog by Michelle Frey | May 31, 2011 7 comments

After more than 48 hours, members of Greenpeace are still attached to the underbelly of the world's most controversial Arctic oil drilling rig. Their action will prevent the rig starting dangerous deep water drilling 100 miles...

Update from the Arctic survival pod: 48 hours and going strong!

Blog by Hannah | May 31, 2011

We’ve now been suspended beneath the Cairn oil rig in our Arctic survival pod for over 48 hours. After leaving the Esperanza at 3am to scale the rig and then a hard day rigging up the pod and setting up camp we were pretty...

Live Action: Climbers in survival pod stop Arctic oil rig

Blog by Nick Young | May 31, 2011

In the freezing seas off Greenland, activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza are taking direct action against oil drilling in the Arctic. Here in the US, tell the government that you want them to halt oil drilling in sensitive...

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