By Paul Hawken, 256 pages
Drawdown is the culmination of the work of an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists who have come together to offer a set of bold - yet realistic - solutions to climate change. It's time to change our mindsets about climate change from fatalistic pessimism to optimistic action-seeking, and this book presents the means to do just that. Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to the global climate problem, presenting the history, carbon impact, relative cost and savings, and path to adoption for each of these solutions.
The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within 30 years. All solutions modeled here are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world. Some are well known (like using solar panels and other forms of clean energy) while others may be new to you (like educating girls in lower-income countries about land use practices that pull carbon out of the air). All 100 solutions are not only being used already, but are economically viable.
If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, the global warming solutions in Drawdown represent a credible path forward - not just to slow the Earth's warming but to reach drawdown (the point at which atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases 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 for everyone.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He also called our Solar Living Sourcebook "an owner's manual for regenerating our earth, skies and water," "a masterwork on re-inhabitation," and "the best manual you could possibly want."
"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 of What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
"Drawdown is an exceptional example of cooperation between some of the sharpest thinkers on climate and energy matters, an atlas that has the potential to save the planet."
Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of German Energy Agency
"The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom."
David Robers, 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