Instead of just slowing or stopping human-caused climate change, we can reverse it back to safer levels...all while building a more equitable, prosperous world.
I recently learned of research carried out by 200+ international scientists with ways we can reverse climate change, and it's all very reasonable stuff.
Here's the website: www.drawdown.org which includes high level solutions ranging from following Indigenous peoples' lead in land management to using biochar to simply more ridesharing.
They call it a roadmap, it has all the numbers on what we need to do, and how much of everything. And the costs, and the gains. And there are a lot more gains :)
But I felt not enough people knew about the solutions, and some of the solutions weren't clear in terms of where individuals fit in.
The initial research was carried out by 200+ international scientists, but the work is being done by different people around the world. Note we're not affiliated with their site or research, just fans!
If you know anyone who would make for a great feature who is working on one of the 100 Solutions, especially if they identify as women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour), LGBTQ2S* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, 2 Spirit, or otherwise part of those communities), or living with disabilities*! If we find cool people we may feature the same solution more than once, so don't hesitate to reach out.
*This doesn't mean people who don't identify in these ways won't be featured, but as anyone working in the environmental field knows, people with these identities are often featured less, so I'd prefer to increase their visibility when possible!
Behind this site is an ecogeek who started a nonprofit called Full Footprint, which is kind of related to this and has also had awesome volunteers, staff, and partners. This is a chance for me to geek out and learn as I read the Drawdown book, connecting with and providing shout outs to people and organizations who are doing this work, and showing showing people how they might fit into different calls to action.
There's a high chance we'll make many mistakes, both in what we feature and how we feature it.
We're not perfect and nor is any one solution, person, or organization. As more information becomes available, opinions, context, and solutions change. In life and science, continuous improvement and being humble is key.
Feel free to point out your ideas and suggestions for improvement respectfully, though we may not always be able to respond immediately.
Why bother with trying, when the odds feel stacked against us? Small, chain reactions matter and are an important part of creating positive change. Here's a (lengthy, but lovely) reflection on "why bother"?