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  • 1. We know solutions exist.
  • 2. Overview <ul><li>What are the current trends? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we move past fossil fuels? </li></ul><ul><li>Won ’t it be difficult? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we waiting for? </li></ul>
  • 3. 1 What are the current trends?
  • 4. Where do most emissions come from?
  • 5. Where does our energy come from?
  • 6. <ul><li>That means over 80% of our energy is coming from fossil fuels now </li></ul><ul><li>Fossil fuels that are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damaging our climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polluting our rivers and land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving our children asthma </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Oil contamination in Ecuador Coal plant pollution causes asthma and lung cancer
  • 8. It doesn ’t have to be that way “ The stone age did not end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil. ” Sheikh Zaki Yamani, Former Saudi Arabian Oil Minister
  • 9. 2 So how do we move past fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis?
  • 10. Revolutionize our energy use <ul><li>Stop coal use by 2030 </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatically reduce the use of all other fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>Improve agricultural and forestry practices </li></ul>
  • 11. PARTS PER MILLION CO2 YEAR Phaseout of coal by 2030 Improved forestry and soil Reduced oil/gas use GETTING TO 350ppm *Graph from Dr. James Hansen ’s paper on 350ppm. See sources.
  • 12. the energy revolution Advanced Energy [R]evolution Scenario 2010 – primary energy demand Source: Energy [R]evolution Fig 6.11, p.72 Efficiency compared to ‘BAU’ Ocean Energy Solar Thermal Geothermal Biomass Wind Hydro Natural Gas Oil Coal Nuclear
  • 13. Getting off fossil fuels means energy efficiency and conservation
  • 14. IT MEANS PUTTING UP WIND TURBINES INSTEAD OF COAL PLANTS Did you know that wind power is already cost competitive with new coal power plants in good wind locations?
  • 15. It means solar photovoltaic power on our houses Light (photons) Front Contact Grid Anti-Reflection Coating N-Type Semiconductor Boarder Layout P-Type Semiconductor Backcontact Image: Greenpeace
  • 16. Did you know that solar photovoltaic will reach provide as much electricity as fossil fuels in many developed countries in the next 3 years ?
  • 17. It means Concentrated Solar Power plants powering our industries
  • 19. It means eating more local foods and less meat
  • 20. It means better urban planning <ul><li>Public transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle paths </li></ul><ul><li>High-speed rail </li></ul><ul><li>Community gardens </li></ul>
  • 21. It means fuel efficiency , hybrids , and electric cars
  • 22. It means a Smart Grid <ul><li>A grid that stores power when renewables like wind and solar are at their peak </li></ul><ul><li>A grid that allows you to track your own energy usage and cut costs </li></ul>Houses with Solar Panels Offices with Solar Panels Wind Farm Isolated Microgrid Central Power Plant Industrial Plant
  • 23. It means ending taxpayer handouts to coal, oil and gas corporations <ul><li>Globally, the fossil fuel industry received approximately $600 billion in subsidies a year </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, renewables received less than $46 billion </li></ul>
  • 25. It does NOT mean… <ul><li>Nuclear </li></ul><ul><li>Unsustainable biofuels </li></ul><ul><li>“ Clean coal” </li></ul>
  • 26. This isn ’t futuristic; ALL of these technologies are available NOW
  • 27. 3 Won ’t the transition to a low-emission economy be too difficult? No! Is it really worth it? Yes!
  • 28. A Clean Energy Revolution Costs Real Money… <ul><li>$45 Trillion! </li></ul>
  • 29. <ul><li>$1 billion a day = </li></ul><ul><li>$365 billion a year </li></ul>
  • 30. And every year we delay ambitious action costs billions <ul><li>$500 billion more with every year ’s delay </li></ul>
  • 31. A clean energy revolution to get to 350ppm, in the end, will cost far less than the costs of climate impacts like floods, droughts, and extreme weather.
  • 32. A Clean Energy Revolution has a lot of other benefits as well - it will create millions of new jobs E[R] Without E[R] Source: Energy [R]evolution, p69-70 Conventional Power Plants Renewables employment in 2030
  • 33. Make our communities HEALTHIER
  • 34. <ul><li>And protect the planet for future generations </li></ul>
  • 35. It ’s true, there will be losers… <ul><li>Big Oil and Big Coal will become a thing of the past </li></ul>
  • 36. If your country isn ’t investing NOW, you’re losing the next big race for technology & jobs
  • 37. 4 What are we waiting for?
  • 38. What are YOU doing to be a part of the CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION?
  • 39. What can we do to get our government to build a clean energy revolution?
  • 40. More Information <ul><li>IPCC </li></ul><ul><li>EPA </li></ul><ul><li>UNEP </li></ul><ul><li>Oxfam International </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Progress </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Law Institute </li></ul><ul><li>International Energy Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Greenpeace Energy Revolution Report </li></ul><ul><li>Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Price of Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Center for American Progress </li></ul><ul><li>World Energy Outlook </li></ul>
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