‘Drawdown’ by Paul Hawken

Thanks to Jason Kottke, I recently discovered Paul Hawken’s book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. This book is a painstakingly researched compendium of the top 100 practical solutions to reverse climate change:

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.

If you’re concerned about the future of society in the face of climate change but aren’t sure where your energy can be best applied to help, this book offers a good roadmap. It’s not a concrete plan per se, but still useful to have around as a reference.

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