Reviewed by Charlie Eckberg
By Paul Hawken
Penguin Freedom House
Size: 8.4 x 10.8 in
Are you in need of a dose of ‘future hope’? If so, then add Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming, to your must have, must read, must act on list. Drawdown is a reference source that will help you understand and evaluate opportunities, not for slowing, but for actually drawing down the levels of carbon and other greenhouse gases that are an alarming threat to the future. This is one of the most important books of our time.
With a target year of 2050, Drawdown ranks 80 practices by their projected impacts, accompanied by a cost benefit analysis, an explanation of the methodologies used to extrapolate success worldwide, and a glimpse into solutions on the near horizon.
Edited by Paul Hawken, Drawdown was created by an impressive coalition of Fellows and Advisors. Their worldwide experience provides a Plan, the methods to execute it, and substantiates the potentials. Some processes are intended solely as transitional or bridge solutions and require serious discussion and further analysis before implementation. Clearly, one size does not fit all, nor are all solutions equitable.
Drawdown makes it apparent that collaboration is essential for successful implementation of such dynamic strategies. Not intended solely as a treatise, this book facilitates opportunities for such collaborations through its interactive website, ProjectDrawdown.org
These efforts invite questions, outreach and collaboration. When I had questions regarding evaluations provided for Temperate Forests, I submitted questions through the website, and was contacted in due time and spoke with Kevin Bayuk, who was featured in PMNA’s Fall 2017 issue. The discussion was informative, helpful, and relationship building.
Drawdown has much to offer Climate Change activists, sustainability managers, and those interested in knowing what they do as individuals matters! Finally, there is gratification to be found in the familiar feel of Think Globally, Act Locally. It has never seemed more important!