the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
This is the point when we begin the process of stopping further climate change and averting potentially catastrophic warming.
It is a critical turning point for life on Earth.
why it matters
Our planet is heating up. The major cause is the use of fossil fuels - in our cars & trucks, to heat our buildings, and cook our food. The very fuels that have improved our lives since the industrial revolution have added gases to our atmosphere that are now causing global warming.
Just like the greenhouses warmed by the sun that we use to grow food, the earth heats up when certain gases are trapped in the atmosphere and reach a point where they can't be absorbed and cycled through the earth's natural systems.
Those gases are measured in "parts per million" or PPM. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most prevalent greenhouse gas. Scientists have continually measured the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and determined that life on the planet as we know it cannot continue if CO2 is above 350 PPM. CO2 has
never been above 300 PPM for over 650,000 years. One hundred years ago it was 310 PPM. In 2020 it CO2 410 PPM.
The United Nations has (conservatively) estimated that global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by 50% by 2030.
Climate-Safe California, an initiative of The Climate Center, is a campaign to accelerate existing state policy timelines to achieve an 80% reduction by 2030.
2030 is not far off!
the book of solutions
“Is it possible to reverse global warming?” Environmentalists Paul Hawken and Amanda Joy Ravenhill gathered a team of
over 200 scholars, scientists, policy-makers, business leaders, and activists worldwide to assess, map, and model the most substantive solutions to achieve this goal. In 2017, the results of the initial study were published in DRAWDOWN:
The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
The 80 solutions documented in the book are technologically viable, existing solutions. While they were ranked according to their potential to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and their cost effectiveness, it is clear that all of the solutions are needed to reverse global warming. There is no one silver bullet.
Project Drawdown is a non-profit organization and global coalition united by a singular goal: to reverse global warming. Scientists have done an extraordinary job detailing the current and probable future impacts of global warming. What humanity has lacked is a comprehensive, convincing path forward to reverse it. Project Drawdown brought together an international collaborative to create that blueprint of possibility. As a living research and communication effort, Project Drawdown continues to map, measure, and model the most substantive climate solutions, and to advance the understanding, imagination, and conviction needed to reverse global warming.
DRAWDOWN Bay Area
If ever “time was of the essence”,
it is now.
If ever a region could meet the challenge,
it is the Bay Area.
the collaborative approach
There are many efforts underway, and there's lot of good work being done BUT there are gaps, and there are duplications, and very few connections and little collaboration between groups. What's worse, most people and businesses are unaware of how climate change impacts them, what the solutions are, or how they can make a difference.
"What can we do?" Encouraged by the team at Project Drawdown, the co-founders of DRAWDOWN Bay Area held a forum in October 2018, attended by over 40 people from all around the Bay: policy-makers, academics, solutions experts, non-profits, and government representatives. We held it in conjunction with Governor Brown's Global Climate Action Summit.
The message was clear: we need to "connect the dots", build a network, share best practices and tools, and engage everyone.
DRAWDOWN Bay Area is just that: the network of community members and organizations, businesses large and small, and local and regional government - aided by the best science, innovations, and funding tools - to collaboratively meet the Regional 2030 Climate Challenge.
While there are numerous solutions, here in the Bay Area there are six areas that we can focus on that will have the most impact right here, where we live and work:
By getting everyone involved, and collaborating across nine counties, 101 towns and cities, community groups, and our remarkable business community, the Bay Area can have a significant impact on reducing the causes of global warming. This regional collaboration strategy can serve as a model for other regions in California and beyond.
In this TED Talk, Chad Frischmann, Vice President and Director of Research at Project Drawdown, explains the concept of "drawdown" and shares solutions to climate change that exist today: the many ways we can reverse global warming and create a world where regeneration, not destruction, is the rule, protecting our planet for future generations.
Project Drawdown continues to inspire DRAWDOWN Bay Area.