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Solutions module

  1. 1. We know solutions exist.
  2. 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. 3. 1 What are the current trends?
  4. 4. Where do most emissions come from?
  5. 5. Where does our energy come from?
  6. 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. 7. Oil contamination in Ecuador Coal plant pollution causes asthma and lung cancer
  8. 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. 9. 2 So how do we move past fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis?
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Getting off fossil fuels means energy efficiency and conservation
  14. 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. 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. 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. 17. It means Concentrated Solar Power plants powering our industries
  19. 19. It means eating more local foods and less meat
  20. 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. 21. It means fuel efficiency , hybrids , and electric cars
  22. 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. 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. 25. It does NOT mean… <ul><li>Nuclear </li></ul><ul><li>Unsustainable biofuels </li></ul><ul><li>“ Clean coal” </li></ul>
  26. 26. This isn ’t futuristic; ALL of these technologies are available NOW
  27. 27. 3 Won ’t the transition to a low-emission economy be too difficult? No! Is it really worth it? Yes!
  28. 28. A Clean Energy Revolution Costs Real Money… <ul><li>$45 Trillion! </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>$1 billion a day = </li></ul><ul><li>$365 billion a year </li></ul>
  30. 30. And every year we delay ambitious action costs billions <ul><li>$500 billion more with every year ’s delay </li></ul>
  31. 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. 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. 33. Make our communities HEALTHIER
  34. 34. <ul><li>And protect the planet for future generations </li></ul>
  35. 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. 36. If your country isn ’t investing NOW, you’re losing the next big race for technology & jobs
  37. 37. 4 What are we waiting for?
  38. 38. What are YOU doing to be a part of the CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION?
  39. 39. What can we do to get our government to build a clean energy revolution?
  40. 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>