Key Insights from the Drawdown Review

Project Drawdown defines the moment of Drawdown as “the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming. It is a critical turning point for life on Earth—one we must reach as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.

The original project and book, published in 2017, presents descriptions and details about the 100 solutions already available to get to Drawdown by 2050 using existing technology.

The Drawdown Review, presents updates on these actions in three categories: 1) Reduce Sources; 2) Support Sinks; and 3) Improve Society. It even presents an ambitious Scenario 2 showing that we can get there by 2040.

This review will leave you with renewed hope that there is a viable way out of our predicament. Here are 10 Key Insights from the introduction to whet your appetite.

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[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”2″ color_class=”otw-black-text” background_color_class=”otw-greenish-background” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color” square=”square”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]Climate solutions are interconnected as a system, and we need all of them.

[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”3″ color_class=”otw-black-text” background_color_class=”otw-greenish-background” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color” square=”square”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]Beyond addressing greenhouse gases, climate solutions can have “co-benefits” that contribute to a better, more equitable world.

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[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”6″ color_class=”otw-black-text” background_color_class=”otw-greenish-background” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color” square=”square”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]We cannot reach Drawdown without simultaneously reducing emissions toward zero and supporting nature’s carbon sinks.

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2 thoughts on “Key Insights from the Drawdown Review”

  1. The current administration of the US has pulled away from international cooperation. Right now, when the world’s people need to be working together to stem the tide of Covid-19 Trump’s rhetoric and actions continue to be “America First”. If the United States survives the current administration, I hope the world will accept a national apology and a willingness to cooperate for the sake of life on this planet.

  2. PAYING THE TRUE “COST” OF EACH AND EVERY PRODUCT WE BUY, MEANING ADDING THE ALL IMPORTANT CARBON COST INOT THE COST OF THAT PRODUCT IS THE FIRST STEP. WITH THAT MONEY IN HAND, UNDERSTANDING GOVERNMENTS CAN THEN BEGIN TO FINANCE THOSE SOLUTIONS, BIG AND SMALL, JUST LIKE DRAWDOWN HIGHLIGHTS, WITH CLIMATE SUBSIDIES. CASH, FREE AND CLEAR TO THE CHANGE THE PLANET ONE PERSON, ONCE HOUSEHOLD, ONE COMPANY AT A TIME.

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