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The Drawdown Review: climate solutions

This e-book from the international climate nonprofit Project Drawdown reviews the world’s options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The top solutions related to food and land (see section 1.2 of the book) are reducing food waste, shifting to plant-rich diets, protecting ecosystems such as peatland and forests, and shifting agricultural practices (e.g. improving rice production).

Publisher’s summary

In April 2017, Project Drawdown released its inaugural body of work on climate solutions with the publication of the best-selling book Drawdown and a suite of open-source resources on Drawdown.org.

That material has influenced university curricula, city climate plans, commitments by businesses, community action, philanthropic strategy, and more. This Review represents the organization’s second seminal publication and the first major update to our assessment of solutions to move the world toward “Drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. 

Project Drawdown conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions—the practices and technologies that can stem and begin to reduce the excess of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere—to provide the world with a current and robust resource. The Drawdown Review is core to our efforts to respond nimbly to the rapidly evolving landscape of solutions and the urgency of the challenge humanity faces. 

Drawdown is a critical turning point for life on Earth, and we must strive to reach it quickly, safely, and equitably. The Drawdown Review and this website present an overview of climate solutions in hand—now, today—to reach Drawdown and begin to come back into balance with the planet’s living systems. These solutions are tools of possibility in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge. They must not remain the domain of specialists or select groups.

Widespread awareness and understanding of climate solutions is vital to kindle agency and effect change worldwide, across individual, community, organisational, regional, national, and global scales. People and institutions of all kinds, in all places, have roles to play in this great transformation, and the solutions in these pages are a synthesis of collective wisdom and collective action unfolding around the globe.

 

Reference

Wilkinson, K. (ed.) (2020). The Drawdown Review: Climate Solutions for a New Decade. Project Drawdown, International.

Download the book here or here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource chapter How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?

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