What Can One Person Do?
30 Days of Climate Action and Inspiration
What are the most impactful ways to reverse global warming? There are plenty of surprises.
Researchers were surprised when the data showed that educating girls and family planning, when put together, were the most impactful solution to reverse global warming.
When refrigerant management turned out to be the number one technical solution, they said "Really?"
That nuclear power made the list at all demonstrates the researchers let the data speak for itself without political filtering. It is hardly a draw for the grassroots.
We don't have to personally embrace all of the Drawdown solutions. We do have to trust that the best solutions will draw many good people to work on them.
The good news: most of the solutions have multiple benefits beyond reversing global warming, and there are hundreds of solutions waiting in the wings--ones that will make the list soon. There is truly something empowering for everyone.
Delving into this wide range of possibilities, there are even more surprises. For example, would you have thought that "smallholders" would make such a difference? (This is one of my favorites) What is a smallholder you ask? Look it up here.
TODAY'S ACTION: Look for Surprises
Review the list of Drawdown solutions you printed out yesterday or go here: https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/table-of-solutionswww.drawdown.org/solutions/table-of-solutions
On a fresh page in your notebook, List five solutions that surprise you--perhaps those you had not heard of or those you did not know would help reverse global warming.
OPTIONAL: share your "surprises" in the comments below.
Bonus: Full video--Paul Hawken shares why the solutions are inspiring well beyond climate work here:
Denise Rushing is an author, blogger, and environmental designer She is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges and creating a more beautiful future.