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

 

Clean Energy Jobs Surge Just In Time for Labor Day

Blog by Cassady Sharp | August 29, 2014

Crossposted from DeSmog Blog “This Labor Day weekend, the story is that more Americans are working because of clean energy.” That’s the statement released by Environmental Entrepeneurs Executive Director Bob Keefe to accompany his organization’s ...

Live for Now? What About Tomorrow?

Blog by Guest Post | August 26, 2014

Guest post by Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director of the Sierra Club’s Future Fleet & Electric Vehicles Initiative I’ve been struck by Pepsi’s “Live for Now” advertising theme. “Now” is good, but I keep wondering: what about tomorrow? PepsiCo, which...

Earthquake, Drought and Wildfires Ravage California

Blog by Cassady Sharp | August 26, 2014

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch. Anastasia Pantsios, Eco Watch We probably can’t blame the earthquake that hit California’s Napa Valley this weekend onclimate change. But it’s one more thing that the beleaguered residents of the so-called...

Happy Birthday to our National Parks!

Blog by Diana Best | August 25, 2014

Today the National Park Service turns 98 year old. Almost a century ago,  our leaders had the foresight to protect these incredible places and set them aside as national treasures. Since then, our national parks have been enjoyed by millions of...

Make History at the People’s Climate March in New York City

Blog by Mary Sweeters | August 25, 2014

In just one month, tens of thousands of people will be marching in New York City for the climate — and we need you there. I’m marching because as the Arctic melts and sea levels rise, thousands of people already have been or will be forced to...

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