From the Executive Director
Over the past few months our investigations, research, and analysis have shown clearly what our planet needs for a healthy, livable future. Greenpeace has released several new reports on our priority campaigns to protect the oceans, make the climate crisis a top 2020 U.S. presidential campaign issue, and hold corporations responsible for trashing the planet with plastic pollution.
In what is arguably the most important Greenpeace oceans report ever issued, 30×30: A Blueprint For Ocean Protection, leading scientists and researchers broke down the global oceans and mapped the distribution of hundreds of different conservation features, generating scenarios for what a planet-wide network of ocean sanctuaries, free from harmful human activity, could look like. It shows that it is entirely possible to do what science tells us we must—fully protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030—if we’re going to keep wildlife from going extinct and save the climate.
That’s the goal of Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign, and the 30x30 report is helping us make the case for a strong Global Ocean Treaty with world governments in the lead-up to its finalization a year from now.
For our climate campaigns, original new Greenpeace analysis demonstrates that climate progress is impossible without confronting the fossil fuel industry. Our report, Real Climate Leadership: Why The Next President Must Prioritize A Fossil Fuel Phase Out, illustrates that if no action is taken to address the climate impacts of fossil fuel production, then a significant fraction of emissions reductions achieved by policies to reduce demand for fossil fuels could be wiped out.
For the next president and Congress, real climate leadership means not only saying yes to real solutions like a rapid transition to renewable energy with equitable ownership and participation but also saying no to the destructive impacts of fossil fuel extraction.
And for our campaign for a plastic-free future, in Packaging Away the Planet, for the first time Greenpeace ranks 20 large U.S. grocery retailers on their efforts to address the plastic pollution crisis and their contributions to it. Although some grocers have taken positive steps, none of them scored above 35 out of 100—they all have a long way to go.
Your support is what makes these reports and Greenpeace’s quality in-depth research and analysis possible alongside all of our essential work to protect oceans, defend forests, save wildlife, stabilize the climate, and put people and the planet before corporate profits. Thank you!
For a green and peaceful future,
Annie Leonard, Executive Director
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