From the Executive Director
So much exciting and vitally important work is happening right now to escalate Greenpeace’s campaigns to save our climate and defend our oceans. The urgency of our campaigns is underscored by frequent scientific reports warning political leaders about the severity of climate change, including a new report showing that our oceans are warming far more quickly than scientists previously thought.
We have an opportunity to make history with a strong United Nations Global Oceans Treaty and Greenpeace will be throwing down big in the fight to win the ocean sanctuaries we need to protect 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030. The future of our climate depends on healthy oceans able to help regulate global temperatures.
As the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear in the starkest terms, the impacts and costs of global warming will be far greater than expected, a clarion call heard around the world. We have 10 years to solve climate change. 10 years. Essentially a blink of an eye within the span of history.
Greenpeace was a high-visibility presence at the U.N. climate talks in Poland late last year, and while we did not get firm promises to increase climate action from governments, the summit did succeed in securing an approved Paris Agreement rulebook, giving us the roadmap to get there. Without immediate action, though, even the strongest rules will not get us anywhere.
That is why Greenpeace is joining the call for a Green New Deal in the U.S. that puts impacted communities at its center, provides a path to a sustainable economy powered by 100 percent renewable energy, and stops the expansion of oil, gas, and coal. The Trump Administration can try and prop up those dying industries at the executive level, but that won’t stop us from taking on fossil fuel corporations and winning congressional and state-level action to curb the climate crisis.
As you’ll see in these pages, our campaigns and our expeditions are bigger, bolder, and more ambitious than ever, thanks to your generous support. We’re grateful to have you with us as we work to create a better world for people and the planet!
For a green and peaceful future,
Annie Leonard, Executive Director
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