Project Drawdown is a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy-makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years. (till 2050)
The project, led by activist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, was started in 2013 and has since brought together over 65 researchers from across the globe with 128 experts in climate, sustainability, academia, and business. Together this group developed a unique global systems model, evaluating 80 technologies and practices from the ground up – from innovative energy and agricultural methods to enhanced environmental conservation and restoration.
The results shocked even the experts. Combined it was shown that these 82 solutions could eliminate 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050, enough to prevent the dangerous climate tipping point of 2 degrees Celsius. Moreover, these solutions would cost less than and produce more jobs than business as usual.
Figure: 82 of the 100 solutions to global warming that are both available and scaling today, are displayed in “The Periodic Table of Climate Solutions”
Below are the top 10 solutions in order of greatest impact:
- Hi-tech Refrigeration
- Onshore Wind Power
- Reducing Food Waste
- Plant-rich diets
- Tropical Forest Protection
- Educating girls
- Family Planning
- Utility-scale Solar
- Rooftop Solar
What can I do to help reach drawdown?
All solutions depend on individuals choosing to invest their time, energy, finances, and thought to reaching drawdown. Whether an individual home-owner deciding on installing a solar water heater, a commercial building owner weighing the costs and benefits of a green roof, an investor providing capital for wind power, a city planner justifying expanding public transportation options, or a farmer deciding what to plant this season – this book contains relevant solutions to all sectors of society.
What our work shows is that the decisions we take at all levels of society impact our future on this planet. One pathway risks catastrophe, and the other embraces regeneration. Each individual decision can make the difference, whether that is a consumer or board member. And the benefits speak for themselves. Our analysis shows that costs of doing business-as-usual are higher than the costs to implement solutions to global warming. We encourage you to get involved locally and nationally with those who are already implementing the solutions, using Drawdown as a guide for how you want to be involved.
To learn more about Project Drawdown, please visit: http://www.drawdown.org/