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Paul Hawken

Audiobook length: 13m 8s

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Based on research by leading scientists and policymakers from around the world, *Drawdown* evaluates one hundred of the most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. Some are well known; while others you may never have heard of. They range from clean energy like soloar and wind to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices designed to pull carbon from the air. The solutions exist, and many communities have already begun 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 global warming, but to reach drawdown, the point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reach a peak and begin to decline.

The Bottom Line

Amid the dire warnings about global warming, leading experts analyze the top 100 solutions to not only stop climate change, but reverse it.

I. Introduction

Climate change is without question one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced — so enormous that many people believe there is no hope of reversing the damage. Unfortunately, feeling hopeless leads to inaction, even paralysis, which starkly reduces the chances that positive change will happen.

Entrepreneur and environmental activist Paul Hawken wasn’t willing to wait for the inevitable, preferring instead to attack this fatalistic thinking head on. Starting in 2013, he began searching for actionable, scalable solutions to the climate crisis. He’s not looking simply to mitigate global warming or reduce carbon emissions, he’s aiming for “drawdown” — the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reach their peak, reverse course and then begin to drop.

In his quest, Hawken assembled a team of biologists, researchers, economists, policy makers, geologists, and others to “map, measure and model” possible climate-change solutions. The group examined the 100 most substantive strategies that are already being used across the globe. Each solution was evaluated in terms of cost, savings, and reduction of carbon dioxide in gigatons — and then ranked from 1 to 100.

II. Reframe Climate Change as Opportunity

III. Clean Energy as Clear Solution

IV. Educate Girls to Shrink Our Carbon Footprint

V. The Rotten Truth About Food Waste

VI. The No. 1 Solution Hiding in Your Fridge

VII. A Mammoth Solution

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