Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is a book that presents the 100 most impactful solutions towards reducing carbon emissions and thus presenting how to combat climate change.
This inspiring piece of research is the work of a coalition of experts of all sorts: scientists, researchers, academics, graduate students, PhDs, policy makers, business leaders and activists. Edited by Paul Hawken, it was published in April 2017.
Every proposed solution reduces greenhouse gases by avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering CO2. Each solution is summarised quantified by the amount of atmospheric CO2 is can reduce, financial costs to implement it and net savings. How to begin adopting this solution/how it has already begun and how it works is also summarised.
If used over the next 30 years, the solutions presented in Drawdown could realize drawdown by the year 2050. The term “drawdown” refers to when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.
Every single solution already in place, on different scales worldwide, and have been approved through peer-reviewed science. Those behind this book have made the following clear: ‘Our organisation did not create or devise a plan. We do not have the capability or self-appointed mandate. In conducting research we found a plan, a blueprint that already exists in the world today in the form of humanity’s collective wisdom, made in applied, hands-on practices and technologies’ – Stating that they have simply assembled this list from a range of work and practices carried out by individuals, communities, farms, cities, companies and governments’ worldwide. Therefore, for those who are more environmentally aware, many of these solutions are not new, but the book presents them in a manner that is digestible to all and demonstrates how we can play their part politically, what we invest our money in and in terms of their lifestyle.
For example, reduced food waste is ranked third and following a plant-based diet is ranked as fourth.
See the summary of solutions by rank here.
It also puts forward various types of electricity generation, for example, which help reverse global warming. Individuals can read these and figure out which climate change policies/political figures they would like to support and vote for as well as what they can invest in.
Each of the solutions, which can be found under one of the following seven sectors: electricity generation, food, women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transport.
The book was conceived as part of a wider project – Project Drawdown. This non-profit organisation which gathers and facilitates a coalition of experts that research and present the most up-to-date and accurate information on climate solutions.
For those interested in the book, check out this podcast, ‘The Drawdown Agenda‘
‘The Drawdown Agenda is an exciting new podcast series exploring the ground-breaking research behind the best-selling book Drawdown,a new and inspiring vision how we can reverse global warming by achieving “drawdown” – when atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations peak and begin to decline.
Every fortnight, we speak to key members of the Project Drawdown team, a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, policy makers, business leaders and activists who have mapped, measured, and modelled the 100 most important climate solutions that can help us reach “drawdown.” We explore the key carbon-reduction solutions across the seven sectors at the heart of Drawdown— energy, food, women and girls, transport, materials, building and cities, and land use- as well as emerging solutions. We discuss how these solutions work in practice, explore the momentum for change, and look to the future as we learn how we can take collective action to achieve “drawdown.”’