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

• 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.

About the Author

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 Economy, Growing a Business, and The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest. The 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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Drawdown User Reviews

  1. This book was so enlightening. If I could, I would make this mandatory reading for all government officials… If only!

  2. A wonderful introduction to the topic – an important read for everyone in our society today. The main critique I have of the book is the lack of proposed solutions regarding the ocean. I don’t understand how a comprehensive look at our planet today could fail to include such a major environmental concern! The book is very tech based and could do with a slightly more comprehensive perspective. Still, a must-read for those looking to improve our planet!

  3. Honestly so refreshing to read about **solutions** rather than doomsday expectations. Gave me some insights into things I can do myself. A must-read for everyone!! Let’s get involved, people!

  4. The author lays everything out very clearly and concisely. While this is a book that has compiled research and studies from scientists, it’s easy to read and as engaging as a piece of fiction. I myself don’t have a lot of experience in this field, but after having read the book I feel like these concepts actually make sense to me now. And, I feel as though I understand the ways that I can make a viable difference. I’ve shared this book with my husband
    and children and hope that we can continue to work on solutions to the global crisis ahead of us.

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