• New York Times bestseller •
The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world
“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
“There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox
“This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.
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About the Author
Paul Hawken is an author and activist. He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next Economy, Growing a Business, and The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest. The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the most important books in the world at that time. He has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Center for Plant Conservation, Shelburne Farms, Trust for Public Land, Conservation International, and National Audubon Society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It doesn’t matter where you fall in the climate change debate — or if you believe humans are fully to blame -- or if you wonder if we have “enough” time for a course correction. The invitation in this bold book is to take a smart tough look at feasible solutions. Paul Hawken’s well-researched Project Drawdown report shows the potential to apply science-based solutions. It’s filled with strategies and concepts that are proven and underway and big and small solutions -- technologies. Microgrids. Biomass. Farmland Restoration. Regenerative Agriculture. More productive Land Use. Smart Transit. High Speed Rail. Plus plenty actions you can immediately adopt in your daily life: plant rich diets, reduced food waste, composting, tree intercropping, even family planning, and educating girls globally. While the Trump administration tries to yank us backward by pulling out of the voluntary Paris Agreement, making drastic cuts in the EPA budget, and obscuring the science, there is instant rejection to those short sighted policies. Individuals, cities, states, and responsible corporations were galvanized to step up fill the leadership void with positive actions. We’ve already learned that it makes economic sense with job growth in the “green” economy expanding rapidly. When Trump tried to distract us with this clever speech line saying “Pittsburgh is not Paris” he got an answer within hours -- the mayors of those two cities got on the phone together and said: “Though separated by an ocean and a language, we share a desire to do what is best for our citizens and our planet. That means putting aside parochial politics…” We don’t have time for clever speech lines. We don’t have time for partisan politics. None of us will survive without clean air and water. Some duck and say “their” region might be safe. Really? I’m in Ohio, but I have a son in Houston and a daughter in Florida. Ask your neighbors where their friends live. It’s a time of Hurricanes. Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. A time of wildfires raging in the western US. Of earthquakes off the coast of Mexico. What are we waiting for? We don’t have time for fear mongering, or to argue if we are past the tipping point. Too much emphasis on problems can be overwhelming and cause people to shut down. But we do have time to roll up our sleeves and pitch in. And I do mean “we” instead of “you” or “I” or “them.” Instead of Game Over, it’s Game On! Is Drawdown too buoyant? Are the math carbon savings estimates too optimistic? Are the solutions enough to reverse global warming? So what if we clean our air, water, soil and it turns out that climate change is not fully man made? Are we still not further ahead? Drawdown invites us to go beyond our fears for the future. Drawdown solutions are not sci fi fantasies of flying off to colonize Mars. No, the Drawdown team of over 200 researchers from 22 nations has given us a list what we can do right now both as individuals, and by working together. Share this book of solutions with your neighbors. And we are ALL neighbors on this unique planet of ours. Theresa Gasper Dayton, Ohio