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

 

San Francisco Bay residents organize healing walks to oil & chemical refineries

Blog by Cassady Sharp | July 9, 2014

The following is a guest post from Pennie Opal Plant, member of Gathering Tribes & organizer of the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks. Photo credit to Steve Nadel. Prior to organized healing walks in the San Francisco Bay area, many residents had...

VIDEO: Everything is NOT awesome

Blog by Cassady Sharp | July 8, 2014

This morning we released a new video asking much-loved toy company LEGO, to ditch its partnership with Shell. The film depicts an Arctic made entirely of LEGO, and imagines an oil spill in this beautiful and pristine part of the world. In real...

One year after Lac-Megantic, residents gather to stop oil trains

Blog by Cassady Sharp | July 7, 2014

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train explosion that tragically killed 47 innocent people in Quebec. Not only is oil drilling itself hazardous and the cause of national emergencies like the BP Deepwater Horizon...

LEGO responds to Greenpeace’s campaign for them to drop Shell

Blog by Ian Duff | July 7, 2014

LEGO says they’re saddened Greenpeace have used its famous brand as a tool in our campaign to stop Shell drilling in the Arctic. We’re sad too. We’re sad to see such a popular, well-loved brand like LEGO being used by Shell, with the willingness...

Activists Hold Mock Fundraiser For Wannabe Coal Exporter

Blog by Brian Manning | July 3, 2014

On July 1st, activists held a mock fundraiser for the troubled Australian coal company Ambre Energy at their Portland, Oregon office. The creative protest was part of an ongoing campaign to expose the truth about the company. Despite its desire...

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