100 ways to reverse global warming

100 ways to reverse global warming

100 ways to reverse global warming

Book cover: Project Drawdown

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

New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is our pick for the year's best book on climate change.  It is the first time in over 25 years that a climate book has made the New York Times bestseller list in its first week. 

Project Drawdown is the work of a worldwide coalition of over 200 experts including Big History Institute Executive Director Andrew McKenna.   "I was thrilled to be an Advisor for this incredibly important book," says Mr McKenna. "Project Drawdown maps, measures, and models the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming to provide the first comprehensive list of science based solutions and technologies that could be deployed at scale to achieve Drawdown - the point when greenhouse gases peak and begin to decline year on year". 

In contrast to what seems to be an unrelenting negative stream of articles and publications on the threat to our climate, a significant factor in the popularity of Drawdown is its positive message that effective solutions do currently exist.  

Drawdown lays out 100 ways to not just tackle global warming, but to reverse it, as determined by exhaustive research from a group of leading international scientists and experts.  Project Drawdown says that it "champions the fact that organizations and individuals around the world are doing extraordinary research on solutions to global warming and dedicating their lives to it.  We will all reach drawdown together...Rather than focusing on a single solution or sector of solutions, Project Drawdown has done the math on what humanity is capable of achieving with the broad range of tools already in use around the globe."

Edited by environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, the book ranks the solutions by their potential to cut greenhouse gases and outlines their relative cost and savings.

Technologies, strategies and innovations across a range of fields are analysed in-depth. Ideas are split into broad categories: Energy, Food, Women and Girls, Buildings and Cities, Land Use, Transport, Materials, Coming Attractions. The variety of solutions available to us is immense and Drawdown covers the best from improved rice cultivation to walkable cities to bioplastics and microbial farming.

Every person who reads this book will come away with actions they, and any organisation they are a part of, can take to lessen their impact on our Earth and a clear understanding of how and why each solution is so effective.

For those who can't wait to read it, Drawdown's 10 top solutions to climate change are:


Refrigerant Management


Wind Turbines (Onshore)


Reduced Food Waste


Plant-Rich Diet


Tropical Forests


Educating Girls


Family Planning


Solar Farms




Rooftop Solar


Check out the Project Drawdown website to find out more.

Drawdown has received significant media interest and great reviews:


"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


"Drawdown is not just a project - it is an adventure. It is a promising story that has the potential to engage every person on the planet with at least one solution to climate change, whether it is educating girls, improved rice cultivation, creating walkable cities, eating a plant-rich diet, household recycling, or any of the other solutions. "

- Karen O'Brien, cCHANGE

You can read about the 100 ways to reverse global warming here and find out what's next for Project DrawdownDrawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is available in bookstores and online.

Content owner: Big History Institute Last updated: 16 Apr 2019 1:41pm

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