Drawdown: the best resource for solutions

Purdue Climate Change Research Center is releasing a series of reports right now called the Indiana Climate Assessment and you can absorb the charts and get a bead on how much more sweat is going to bead up on your bod over the next couple decades.

The news is not good. We’re locked into gradual – and potentially abrupt – warming thru mid-century — and beyond. And believe me, there are PLENTY of books you can read not only about the climate crisis, but about efforts in the past and present to lie about the science.

Or, if you’re like me, you’ve already read too many soul-obliterating books on climate change, that spend 90% of the content on the problem, and 10% on the solutions. Given the enormity of the crisis the solutions never seem to meet the need.

Not so with Drawdown. Here, I’ll just quote their mission:

Project Drawdown gathers and facilitates 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.

Look, it is ALL solution, and is accompanied by a great web site.

We used Drawdown as a kind of textbook at our Climate Camp this summer, holding numerous discussions.

 Hikari, Inori and Julianna study Drawdown at Climate Camp, July, 2018.

Hikari, Inori and Julianna study Drawdown at Climate Camp, July, 2018.

Given that experience, I venture Drawdown is the single best resource for career options available — and so we always suggest it to young people and teachers.

The book describes in depth the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming, and those solutions contain numerous surprises.

Of course, you see all sorts of renewable energy solutions (offshore wind, rooftop solar, etc.), and efforts to slow the growth of population (education, supporting female entrepreneurs, etc.), but it’s stunning to see where certain solutions rank in this comprehensive ranking.

For example, one of my pet peeves relates to transportation, and the fact that here in Indianapolis, I often see people alone in their cars driving to and from work. Surely, carpooling is in the top ten?

Well, no: Carpooling is in the latter half of the list.

On the other hand, you’ll be surprised by what is number one… SO surprised in fact, I won’t even spoil it by telling you.

Check out Drawdown today!

Andy Fry