Climate and Energy Campaign

Greenpeace is one of the first environmental organizations in the world to sound the alarm on global warming and climate change in the mid-1980s. Since then, we have been proactively engaging on the issue by bearing witness at, and directing public attention to, climate impact hotspots. We have confronted companies and institutions which contribute the most to climate change, and promoted solutions to prevent climate change, such as the massive shift to clean energy sources as outlined in our Energy [R]evolution report. Climate change is recognized as the greatest threat facing our planet today and is the most important environmental issue on Greenpeace’s global agenda.

Perhaps the biggest and the most imminent challenge that Southeast Asia faces today is climate change. Southeast Asia is among the ‘most vulnerable and least prepared’ areas to face this global crisis. The bulk of our populations and economic activities concentrated along long coastlines, and our economies are largely agriculture-based and dependent on natural resources. Extreme weather events such as typhoons are now more frequent and more intense, causing catastrophic landslides and floods. Prolonged and more frequent droughts are laying waste agricultural areas and forests, as well as compounding water stress. Increased temperatures are damaging marine resources. And rising sea levels are slowly encroaching on populated coastlines and damaging freshwater reserves.

A 2009 study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), suggests that on average Southeast Asia “is likely to suffer more from climate change than the rest of the world, if no action is taken.” Climate and economic modelling covering four countries in the region (Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam), shows that “the potential economic cost of inaction is huge – if the world continues the “business-as-usual” emission trends – considering market and non-market impacts and catastrophic risks of rising temperatures – the cost to these countries each year could be equivalent to a loss of 6.7% of their combined GDP by 2100, more than twice the world average.”

But there is hope. Southeast Asia is one of the regions in the world where climate change solutions can happen rapidly, and on a large scale. Southeast Asia is the world’s third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, next to China and the US due to deforestation, much of which is happening in Indonesia. The scale of deforestation is such that preserving Indonesia’s forests is identified as one of the keys to stabilizing the global climate, in turn bringing significant benefits to the region.

The region’s largely fossil fuel-reliant energy sector is its next biggest source of emissions. Although emissions from energy are not in the scale of that of the world’s industrialized regions, the energy sector’s unprecedented growth rate to accommodate the region’s rapid industrialization holds vast mitigation potential in renewable energy and energy efficiency in that is largely untapped.

Greenpeace believes that Southeast Asia must realize its significant role in global mitigation efforts. Change is crucial and action is needed in order to turn the tide. Greenpeace is campaigning for climate solutions that will help us prosper without damaging the planet. The solutions are in our hands: 1) an Energy Revolution that lets us quit coal in favour of wind power and solar energy, and 2) protection of our forests so that they can continue to regulate the world’s climate and global weather patterns.
Our Climate and Energy campaign in Southeast Asia is working to catalyze an Energy Revolution in the way we produce, distribute, and use energy by being at the forefront of climate change solutions. We are working to promote the massive uptake of renewable energy in the region and to stop further reliance on climate changeinducing fossil fuels such as coal, and false and unsafe alternatives such as nuclear power.

In our work to save the climate, Greenpeace engages national and local governments, companies, grassroots movements working against coal and nuclear power, as well as people of all ages and from all walks of life, to take part in solutions.

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