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Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

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- New York Times bestseller -

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world

"At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the wide
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Penguin Books
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David Schaafsma
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
For those of you like me in despair about the state of the planet, here is a book that details dozens of things that we know can work to dial down carbon emissions and work toward reversing the current trend to destroy the environment. The point is, we know many things about how to save the planet. What we don’t really know as of today 1) if it is not already too late, and 2) if there is the political will to combat the current capitalist/political complex.

I was going to detail some of the grea
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sustainability
This book is a framework - not only how to stop global warming, but how to reduce carbon levels in the face of population growth and quality of life increases. The author and research team synthesized primary research from thousands of studies and developed a ranked list of the most important actions the globe can take to combat climate change. (I’ve included a one-sentence summary of each solution in this review. The book goes into far more depth about the logic behind the rankings, how each so ...more
This book is a catalog of the hundred or so technologies that could potentially draw down the carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) from the atmosphere. The book was written by a couple hundred expert researchers in all walks of life. Each technology is very well presented, in a manner that is easy to understand by a non-expert. The book is very attractive, flush with color photographs appropriate for each topic covered.

Each technology is rated in terms of the amount of carbon that could p
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Large glossy catalog of eighty policy actions and technologies with the end goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration. Presented with short essays, and often only a few statistics - cost, savings, reduction of emissions. These are subject to wide estimates, depending on degree of use, not even including how one technology would affect the other (e.g. cleaner concrete production in buildings or dams, for example).

Well-suited for a broader audience, especially t
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This has some great stuff in it but unfortunately the "most comprehensive plan" includes a lot of really stupid crap. About half of the book is a pretty good summary of real solutions and the other half is basically a bunch of crazy techno-fixes. On the good side are things like ecosystem restoration (with particular emphasis on the importance of maintaining healthy oceans, peatlands and mangroves), agroecology, managed grazing systems, silvopasture, indigenous land management, lower methane-emi ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
You cannot save the planet with "just a carbon tax". The math of climate change screams that at you. Even if you were able to wipe out $27 trillion in fossil fuel assets, there's already too much carbon in the air. We have created a peak carbon dioxide parts-per million that humanity has never seen since we diverged from Chimps. We have to- as the title suggests- drawdown the very carbon in the atmosphere.

And yet, the possible solutions are all very politicized, at least in the United States. Di
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Drawdown focuses on not only responding to but also moving beyond climate change. It offers a set of ranked plans. Anyone who is inclined to give up in the face of climate change should read this book.

A couple quick takeaways. Reducing meat from one's diet (#4) still seems to be a good idea. My own experience has been that a "meatless Monday" is nearly impossible because upending my daily routine just once a week is very irritating. Having said that, one meatless meal a day is doable and often l
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
To be very honest, I only skimmed this book. There are interesting tidbits galore here. But glancing over it, I said to myself, let's see what they have to say about carbon fee and dividend, or cap and trade, border adjustment, or whatever economic pricing schemes they may prefer as a means of actually getting people to DO something to reduce their carbon footprints. It was not there.
Nowhere in this book do I find any mention of real-world methods that would actually compel humans through the l
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have felt positively about our ability to stop climate change. The solutions presented in this book are feasible and clearly explained. I found several things I could implement myself, like switching to LED light bulbs, and I am looking for ways to support some of their larger-scale approaches.
Brian Clegg
When I was at university there was a book (sometimes classed as a magazine) I often thumbed through in Heffers, though I could never bring myself to buy a copy as it was too expensive. It was called The Whole Earth Catalog, and combined ecological articles with reviews of products, many of them for living an independent lifestyle. I find it hard to believe that it's accidental that the look and feel of Drawdown, with its large format, coarse paper covers and heavily illustrated interior, very di ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
Coffee table book on future hope for the planet or top one hundred hacks to save humanity. Good news for tough times on earth. Worth a looking over.
Teo 2050
7.5h @ 2.5x. Contents:
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Amanda Vu
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Outlines some of the most significant ways we can cut carbon emissions and stop global warming. Really interesting, liked how it was accessible to your average Joe/Jane (i.e. me). Some cool things I enjoyed during my read:
- For each solution we were given an estimated/projected reduction in carbon emissions if the solution were to be implemented (rough ballpark figures, but enough to give you an idea of how much impact it could make!).
- The section called "An Opening" towards the end of the boo
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The logical way to read this book is to use it to identify how you can make a difference," Paul Hawken writes at the conclusion to this stunningly important work. I can only echo his advice: use this book to educate yourself about potential solutions to our global climate crisis, then use your knowledge to advocate your elected representatives to do more and better. That's what I plan to do with what this book taught me.
Emma Sea
Aug 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: auckland-library
requested via library
Sharman Russell
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant idea for a book! Well-executed. And optimistic in its specific solutions. Who knew that refrigerant management would be so important--the number one action for the greatest effect in mitigating greenhouse gases emissions--or that people were already seriously working on this very thing. Refrigerant management. In an interview, Paul Hawken said, "Global warming is not a curse. It's feedback." And this is not to ignore or diminish the pain some people--smallholder farmers in Africa, say- ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Check out Hawken video (youtube) to get a good sense of format of book and goals of drawdown project. Or just get the book.

Drawdown is a well written and important contribution to the global warming discussion. It addresses specifically an issue that most other climate change books do not - ie, even after we reduce CO2 emissions to near zero by say 2050, how do we draw down the excess CO2 already in the atmosphere to the 285 PPM levels that existed before the industrial age and was the maximum l
Regina Mcilvaine
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Drawdown may indeed be what its title suggests: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. It is full of hope and concrete ways to combat environmental destruction, offering some great career paths to current students. In the midst of the challenge that faces Earth's populations, Drawdown presents the frontiers of emerging industries that can propel us into a prosperous and globally sustainable future.

In each of the sectors mentioned, there is the estimated cost of rest
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general
Global warming can be reversed. Nature already draws carbon dioxide from the atmosphere faster than humans are adding to it - at least during the northern hemisphere summer. Unfortunately, humans win during the rest of the year.

Drawdown shows how humans are already building solutions that can work with nature to draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to reverse global warming. This book lists the top 100 solutions to global warming including their economic cost and savings.

The beauty of the so
Phoebe Schenker
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Can’t recommend it enough.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
This isn't really a "read cover-to-cover" type of book, but more of a "dip your toe in, learn a little, and find a some hope for the state of humanity" type of book. Lots of smart and exciting content.
The information is great.
It's more of a refernce than something you'd want to sit down and read (or listen to) cover to cover.
Does not lend itself well to audio, partially due to the robotic reading style, to the nature of the content and to the organization (the introduction is at the end).
Lily Williams
If you have ever despaired about climate change and wondered what you can do: this book has 100 of the top things you can do to help make a positive impact on our planet. Paired with AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER by Al Gore, you will have everything you need to become a climate change activist!
S Holthaus
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this - it reminds us that we can alter the outcomes of climate change - we know what to do and we are already doing it - we just need to do more of it faster
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The biggest easiest thing we can all do is reduce food waste! It's the dumbest problem. This book is full of eye-opening ideas about how we influence the environment. Inspiring!
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bite sized, accessible ideas with a positive twist.
Connor Stack
It seems like the more you know about climate change, the more depressed you get. This book is an exception. It's jam-packed with information that actually made me excited about the future. 100 ideas. 80 have estimated costs, savings and net effect on greenhouse gasses. 20 are so radical they didn't bother quantifying the effects. It has a lot of ideas you never would have thought of. The idea with the greatest impact on greenhouse gasses? Improving the way we dispose of refrigerators and air co ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, future-proof
A fantastic collection of essays that every person who hopes to live beyond 2050 should read. Realistically, communities in developed countries are not going to give up (much of) their standards of living to achieve carbon dioxide drawdown. The solutions and 'coming attractions' presented by Hawken and the Drawdown Fellows are compelling in the sense that people can still consume what they desire (to an extent), but the energy and resources are more sustainable, waste is minimised or eliminated ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book. It is the most significant work of this century, and critical if we are to restore our biosphere for optimal human habitation.
Laura HP
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about our planet and our future. It is the most inspiring thing I have ever read about global warming (and I have read a lot about global warming). I find most books on climate change to be terrifying and dread-inducing (rightfully so), and many writings on climate change solutions to seem unrealistic and pie-in-the-sky. This book avoids both these categories and manages to be a beautiful, inspiring, realistic, serious book that will actually make ...more
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Paul Hawken is the co-founder of several businesses, and lives in Sausalito, California.
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“We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius. This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda.” 0 likes
“Let’s say I do bother, big time. I turn my life upside-down, start biking to work, plant a big garden, turn down the thermostat so low I need the Jimmy Carter signature cardigan, forsake the clothes dryer for a laundry line across the yard, trade in the station wagon for a hybrid, get off the beef, go completely local. I could theoretically do all that, but what would be the point when I know full well that halfway around the world there lives my evil twin, some carbon-footprint doppelgänger who’s eager to swallow every bite of meat I forswear and positively itching to replace every last pound of carbon dioxide I’m struggling no longer to emit. So what exactly would I have to show for all my trouble?” 0 likes
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