RESOURCE
17 February 2019

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization and coalition of scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates from across the globe that is mapping, measuring, modelling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown. Drawdown is the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Project Drawdown’s research program has developed realistic, solution-specific models, technical assessments, and policy memos projecting the financial and climate impacts of existing solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years. The website features 100 solutions to reverse global warning that are achievable both from technical and economic standpoints. Project Drawdown’s role is not to implement these solutions, but rather to point to how they already are being implemented by humanity around the globe and the potential of these solutions if they are scaled up globally over the next thirty years.

Project Drawdown website offers ample evidence of “solutions” to the problems of sustainability and climate change (greenhouse gas emissions). While the proposed models (of solutions) can be considered well researched and argued, the project stops short at the implementation phase. The website lists projects that are possible (and already happening across the world), but offers less insight into how and why the mentioned ideas could be scaled up on a global level. The project is seeking new partners and supporters, especially in areas of advocacy, awareness raising and education.

Focusing on technical solutions, the project does not engage in issues related to existing power relations, corporate control over resources and narratives, growth-based economy, the impact of (conflicting) consumerist desires and other related subjects. Nevertheless, the project provides ample evidence of technologically and economically viable and practical alternatives to the carbon-intense economy, which can make for useful cases in GCE advocacy. The project is currently also investing a new phase, related to education (Drawdown Learn) openly seeking new partners for making the data available on their website accessible to new audiences.

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