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

 

Taking on the Coal Industry in North Carolina

Video | February 22, 2011 at 14:32

Communities are coming together and standing up to the corporate polluters in their backyards. As part of our Coal Free Future tour, Greenpeace visited Wilmington, NC to support citizen activists like Brinkley Hutchings, Kayne Darrell and Andy...

Sometimes We Need To Be the Leaders Ourselves

Video | February 18, 2011 at 13:17

Greenpeace activists scaled the coal elevator to demand the aging and dirty coal-fired power plant be shut down. Activist Lauren Thorpe talks about why she feels so strongly about taking on Coal.

Chicago, It's Time to Quit Coal

Video | February 15, 2011 at 9:43

Every day, Fisk and Crawford make us sick. Chicago, it's time to get off coal. Go to cleanpowerchicago.org to take action today. Music: Kevin Macleod.

Polluter Harmony: Welcome to Washington

Video | February 10, 2011 at 10:28

As our Chief Harmonologist explains, science has shown that every successful relationship requires give and take - and who better to take than the new 112th Congress? Players go to Polluter Harmony, and you can too.

Greenpeace sends message to Koch Brothers

Video | January 31, 2011 at 13:06

Greenpeace's airship took to the skies in advance of the Koch Brothers Secret Strategy Meeting in Rancho Mirage, California.

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