Friday, April 21 –
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, Paul Hawken, an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author, pulled together an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and activists (including Michael Pollan and Elizabeth Kolbert) to compile Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. The result is a set of 100 realistic techniques and methods—some well known, others obscure—to address climate change. Hawken aims to prove that the solutions exist, are economically viable and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. He contends that these methods, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, represent a credible path toward not just slowing the earth’s warming, but actually reaching drawdown, the point when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere start to decline.