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


A familiar – and frightening – story in Wisconsin

Blog by Phil Radford | February 23, 2011 3 comments

David and Charles Koch , the billionaire oil baron brothers Greenpeace exposed last year for spending millions to gut environmental protections and fund junk climate change science, are at it again. This time in Wisconsin. According...

Chevron guilty of polluting the Amazon

Blog by Phil Radford | February 22, 2011 2 comments

Last week a judge in Ecuador found Chevron guilty of polluting the Amazon rainforest and ordered the company to pay $9 billion in damages. Chevron plans to challenge the ruling. One top Chevron official has been quoted as saying that...

Citizen Activists call on Governor Patrick to Shut Down the Salem Harbor Coal Plant

Blog by Kelly Mitchell | February 21, 2011 1 comment

Activist Sandra Winter calls Governor Patrick outside the Massachusetts Statehouse . The final stop of the Coal Free Future tour is coming to a close. This week, we've been supporting efforts to shut down the Salem Harbor coal...

Sometimes We Need To Be the Leaders Ourselves (video)

Blog by Melissa Thompson | February 18, 2011 2 comments

Some days I’m reminded that I have the coolest job in the world.  Today is one of those days.   It’s not everyday that I get to brag about not just one but two new videos we’ve got about why we need to quit coal. On the...

Chicago's True Cost of Coal

Blog by Phil Radford | February 18, 2011 1 comment

This week researchers at Harvard University released a historic study on the Full Cost of Coal .  The study outlines the costs of each stage in the life cycle of coal—extraction, transport, processing, combustion, and waste.  It...

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