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#1 Best-Selling Environmental Book of 2017

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

— Joel Makower, GreenBiz

“ 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

“ 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

“Paul Hawken['s] presentation...was simply the best speech I have ever heard. And...also the most important.”

— Tom Peters, American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence

“A rigorous and profoundly important resource.”

— Donna Seaman, Booklist

“ 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.

Board of Directors
Drawdown Staff


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

  • Janine Benyus

    Co-Founder, Biomimcry 3.8

  • Peter Byck

    Film Director and Producer, Carbon Nation
    Professor, ASU Schools of Sustainability and Journalism

  • Pedro Diniz

    Founder, Fazenda da Toca and Instituto Toca

  • Paul Hawken

    Executive Director, Project Drawdown

  • John Lanier

    Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation

  • Lyn Davis Lear

    Founder, Lear Family Foundation & Lyn Lear Productions

  • Peggy Liu

    Chairperson, JUCCCE

  • Martin O’Malley

    Former Governor of Maryland

  • Greg Watson

    Director of Policy and Systems Design, The Schumacher Center for a New Economics

  • John Wick

    Co-Founder, Marin Carbon Project

Drawdown Staff

Upcoming Events


Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:15pm

Panel discussion with Chad Frischmann

The Graduate Institute Geneva
Ivan Pictet Auditorium B

Free and open to the public; online registration required.

San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

Paul Hawken presents Drawdown

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium San Francisco, 94105

Tickets: $8 for Commonwealth Club members, $20 non-members. Free for students.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 11:30am

Drawdown presentation with Chad Frischmann

V Colombian Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Student conference. Focus on how emerging countries like Colombia can implement Drawdown practices.

Featured Videos

Real Time with Bill Maher
September 29, 2017
February 15, 2018
Skoll World Forum
April 14, 2018
Talks at Google
October 10, 2017
Simardeep Kochar
November 10, 2017
August 4, 2017
Local Prosperity
December 16, 2017
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