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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 widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming 

“There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox

“This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

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. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

12 Reviews

“I’ll start off by saying this book was fine, though incredibly dry. I’d certainly recommend it to anyone looking to understand the current solutions we have available to us to prevent further global warming. This book is very accessible, though as mentioned, dull. It breaks down all the solutions into easy to understand summaries. I’m sure there’s lots of information missing but since they market it as a book anyone can understand I don’t think that’s a fault. However- This is not a “plan” in any way. It’s a disjointed collection of the different solutions. Occasionally they mention that one solution might compliment another in x way, but that’s not a plan. I was really looking for a laid out description of how these could be implemented and work together and how that would change our trajectory, but that is not what I got. Overall I found the structure of this book lacking. It’s like they wrote 100 mini essays and put them together at random. I’m also perplexed by how much emphasis was placed on bringing green solutions to remote and developing areas who currently “rely on diesel generators” (for example) for their needs. We know that developing, low income and remote communities have no meaningful carbon footprint even despite the use of more polluting resources. Climate change and global warming are the results of the actions of wealthy western nations- full stop. Yet it felt like a lot of blame was being placed on poorer communities, and that the rest of us needed to save them to save ourselves, which made me feel icky. None of that is to say that I don’t think implementing greener solutions that will work for these communities is worthwhile, because of course it is. Reliable access to power, cooking, etc to meet various needs so people can be happy, healthy, and safe is crucial. But considering the books focus was on how to reverse climate change, this isn’t relevant. I was also perplexed about the choice not to include direct reference to textile waste/fast fashion, as it is one of the leading causes of pollution globally. It feels like a huge oversight. As well, direct referencing to overconsumption in general was not included, for whatever reason. Overall this book is fine. If you’re looking for an introduction to green tech, lifestyle changes and global warming I think this is a good place to start. If you’ve already got a good handle on these concepts though, I think you can skip it.”

About Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an author and activist. He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next EconomyGrowing a Business, and The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed UnrestThe Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the most important books in the world at that time. He has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Center for Plant Conservation, Shelburne Farms, Trust for Public Land, Conservation International, and National Audubon Society.

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