LIFT review: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
“DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING” edited by Paul Hawken 2017
This is one of the most important books to arrive in the LIFT Library. Not many books on climate change have a constant tone of positivity – this one does!
When strangers ask me what is in the library, I say something like: “Ways to fix the world”. This book is like a 240-page encyclopedia of 100 ways to “fix the world”, not just the issue of global warming. It echoes many books from many sections of LIFT, including environment, economics, food, and community.
The book (and Youtube clips about it) shows that there are many methods that can achieve various levels of effectiveness in solving the problem of global warming. The information has been gathered by a huge worldwide team that over 3 years “gathered comprehensive lists of climate solutions and winnowed them down to those that had the greatest potential to reduce emissions or sequester carbon from the atmosphere.” ‘Drawdown is that point in time at which greenhouse gases peak and begin to decline on a year-to-year basis.’
The top 80 solutions are divided into broad topics, and then each described in full, including their effectiveness in drawing down of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by the year 2050, and where possible the net cost and the net savings in US$. The broad topics are: Energy, Food, Women and Girls, Buildings and Cities, Land Use, Transport, Materials. Then there is a section of Coming Attractions – inventions and innovations that are close at hand.
One of the aspects I really appreciate is that the solutions described (in easy-to-understand language with fascinating stories and beautiful coloured illustrations) “lead to regenerative economic outcomes that create security, produce jobs, improve health, save money, facilitate mobility, eliminate hunger, prevent pollution, restore soil, clean rivers, and more.”
Many of the top 80 solutions described relate strongly to issues here in New Zealand that can create argument and frustration – such as Farmland Irrigation (#67); Walkable Cities (#54); Trucks (#40); Mass Transit (#37); Silvopasture (#9) (new to me)– the integration of trees and pasture or forage into a single system for raising livestock, from cattle and sheep to deer and ducks” ; Plant-Rich Diet (#4); Reduced Food Waste (#3).
Wouldn’t it be great if our government (whichever, after September 23rd 2017!) got into action on the policies so strongly supported in this book – and thus made a genuine difference to our contribution to worldwide efforts to contain global warming, as well as helping our society and our economy into a better state of health.