Drawdown is likely the most hopeful thing you’ll ever read about our ability to take on global warming.” — Joel Makower, GreenBiz

What to read during the upcoming hammock season? Why not expand your knowledge about the current environmental situation, its desperate state but never the less get simple and substantial guidelines how you can contribute to a greener and more sustainable planet?

DrawdownThe Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken is such a treasure for all of us walking this earth, without the feeling of total hopelessness. Instead, this book presents a way forward to create a future that is perhaps greater than anyone has imagined was possible.

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 80 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 that business as usual.

All solutions presented in Drawdown are not just hypothetical. They are real, well-understood technologies and processes that can be scaled around the world. The breakthrough research required for the book has resulted in dozens of new scientific papers, and there are 20 more solutions coming that could create an even greater reduction in greenhouse gases.

Below are the top 10 solutions in order of greatest impact:

  1. Hi-tech Refrigeration
  2. Onshore Wind Power
  3. Reducing Food Waste
  4. Plant-rich diets
  5. Tropical Forest Protection
  6. Educating girls
  7. Family Planning
  8. Utility-scale Solar
  9. Silvopasture
  10. Rooftop Solar

“Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain…. An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership.” — Kirkus Review

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