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Drawdown maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works. The goal of the research that informs Drawdown is to determine if we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All solutions modeled are already in place, well understood, analyzed based on peer-reviewed science, and are expanding around the world. Learn more.

“…likely the most hopeful thing you’ll ever read about our ability to take on global warming.”

— Joel Makower, GreenBiz

“...an atlas that has the potential to save the planet.”

— Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO German Energy Agency

“Drawdown is...a promising story that has the potential to engage every person on the planet ...”

— Karen O'Brien, cCHANGE

“...read this book — not just as an antidote to fear and despair but as foundation for understanding.”

— Ron Meador, MinnPost

“...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

“...[T]he public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.”

— David Roberts, Vox

“A rigorous and profoundly important resource.”

— Donna Seaman, Booklist

“...one of the most powerful, hopeful, world-changing documents.”

— Andy Lipkis, TreePeople

“…a magnificent achievement.”

— Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for New Economics

“It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision.”

— Tom Athanasiou, The Nation

“…deserving of the broadest possible readership.”

— Kirkus Review

“Paul Hawken is a true visionary and a brilliant voice for real solutions.”

— Jessica Rolph, Founding Partner, Happy Family

“In Drawdown, Paul Hawken ditches the rhetoric to offer 100 practical climate solutions.”

— Ken Edelstein, Mother Nature Network

“It’s so brilliant…a showstopper.”

— Donald A. Falk, PhD, Associate Professor School of Natural Resources and the Environment University of Arizona

Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Our organization did not make or devise the plan—we found the plan because it already exists. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years. It shows that humanity has the means at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented. The solutions are in place and in action. Our work is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible. We chose the name Drawdown because if we do not name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it.

Drawdown is based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes the most substantive solutions to global warming that already exist. It is the most important goal for humanity to undertake.

Featured Solutions

We have modeled the atmospheric and financial impacts of deploying and scaling existing solutions globally over the next thirty years.

Research Fellows

 

These scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates learn how to describe a realistic future in which the world achieves drawdown by collecting and analyzing the best available research on 100 carefully vetted technological, social, and ecological solutions.

The Coalition

Thousands of person-hours of reading, research, interviewing, and model calculus underlie a rigorous accounting of what is possible.

Drawdown is the work of a prominent and growing coalition of geologists, engineers, agronomists, researchers, fellows, writers, climatologists, biologists, botanists, economists, financial analysts, architects, companies, agencies, NGOs, activists, and other experts who draft, model, fact check, review, and validate all text, inputs, sources, and calculations. Our purpose is to provide helpful information and tools to a wide variety of actors who are dedicated to meaningful change: students, teachers, researchers, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, business people, farmers, policymakers, engaged citizens, and more.

Advisors
Board of Directors
Drawdown Staff

Advisors

Our advisors are an exceptional group of individuals with deep experience and passion in climate and related fields. Advisors assist us with visioning, strategy, and perhaps most importantly, they help us edit, improve and  refine the information we present on climate change.

Board of Directors

Drawdown Staff

Upcoming Events

27
May

Telluride, Colorado

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Paul Hawken Keynote Address

Mountainfilm Festival

Tickets available online
30
May

Boulder, Colorado

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Paul Hawken discussion w/ Lindsey Allen, RAN ED

Rainforest Action Network Fundraiser at the Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Tickets: $100 Gen Admission; $10 Students
7
Jun

San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Paul Hawken live radio interview with Michael Krasny

KQED Forum

Will air on KQED radio: 88.5 FM San Francisco, 89.3 FM Sacramento
8
Jun

Decatur, Georgia

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Drawdown: Panel Discussion of Paul Hawken’s Book

Decatur First UMC Chapel - hosted by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light
318 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Free and open to the public. Katharine Wilkinson will speak with John Lanier and Jim Hartzfeld.
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