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Imagine the future.

Imagine what's possible.

We know there's a climate problem, but what are the solutions?

DRAWDOWN Bay Area is for everyone: individuals, community groups, businesses, and local government. 

 

Here you'll find 
real actions:  that will save you money, improve your health, and help your neighbors, too;
inspiration:  from real people, communities, and businesses around the Bay;
resources:  connections and tools you can use; 
knowledge:  videos, stories, books, and the science behind the solutions.

GOOD NEWS: the solutions already exist. Some are easy and you can do them right now
Others are going to take all of us working together. 
The question we all ask is,

"What can I do? I'm just one person - how can anything I do make a difference?" 

We can all do something.
Imagine what 7.7 million people living in the Bay Area can accomplish if we work together, because... 

everyone has a part to play.

But we all need a place to start! At DRAWDOWN Bay Area you'll find that first step, and then your next, and the step after that, connecting the power of people, businesses, and communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Explore this website: get answers to the "how", the "why", and the "how much" questions, make connections, and share what you have done with others, whether in your home, your business, or beyond.

Start here:

 
In the Bay Area, the emissions from these three sectors contribute the most greenhouse gases. Click on each one and learn how to take these quick and easy actions, right now:

The energy we use in our buildings contribute about 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area.

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HERE ARE ACTIONS 

YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW:

ONE: 

SIGN UP FOR

100% RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY

TWO: 

REPLACE YOUR LIGHTING

*ZE = "zero emission", because transportation contributes about 41% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area - more than any other sector.

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HERE ARE ACTIONS 

YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW:

ONE: 

MAKE CHANGES

TO HOW YOU GET AROUND

TWO: 

TAKE THE EV PLEDGE

to make your next vehicle electric

Food that is wasted

in the fields, in grocery store dumpsters, and the back of our refrigerators is the #3 contributor on a global scale.

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HERE ARE ACTIONS

YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW:

ONE: 

BUY ONLY WHAT YOU WILL EAT

TWO: 

EAT A PLANT-RICH DIET

Imagine what else you can do right now:  

Here are just a few partners, each providing easy ways to get involved, take action, and help take the mystery out of our options:

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Download this free app:

and discover thousands of actions you can take in just minutes every day, right from your phone. 

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Climate-Safe California is a statewide policy campaign to achieve statewide net-negative greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Imagine what's possible by 

 
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2030

"What's possible" depends on the choices we make. Actions we take now will help all of us by improving our health and the air we breathe, improving our economy and our own pocketbooks, and making our communities more resilient, while also "doing a solid" for the planet.

But imagine how easy those actions could be...

No, really...see
"What's Possible"

Narrated by Morgan Freeman 
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg

We can dramatically reduce our GHG emissions here in the Bay Area and do our part to slow global warming.  We're protecting our communities, our economy, and everything we love about the Bay Area.

We have less than ten years to make significant progress. Sound serious, doesn't it? It is - but we know we can do this, together, joining efforts throughout California, the nation, and around the world, starting right here in the Bay Area: 9 counties, 101 cities & towns, and 7.7 million people.

the challenge is real -
so become a Climate Solutionist! 

Why does it matter?

 

Our planet is heating up. 

The very fuels that have improved our lives for the last 200 years since the industrial revolution have added gases to our atmosphere that are now causing significant climate disruption.

We're seeing the impacts right here: longer, hotter summers, increased fire danger, rising sea and bay levels, worsening air quality, prolonged droughts, challenges to our agricultural communities, and the Bay Area's infrastructure. 

The major cause is our use of fossil fuels - gasoline in our vehicles, diesel in trucks and trains and generators, and the gas that we use to heat our buildings and our water, and cook our food.

But we can do something about it.

In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% no later than 2030 and be "fossil-free by '33”.

To get there, we need to do two things:  

stop using fossil fuels in our buildings and our vehicles,

and begin to “draw down” greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are warming the planet, putting our people, our economy, and our beautiful natural resources at increasing risk.

Why does this matter? What are your reasons

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If ever time was of the essence, it is now. 
If ever a region could meet the challenge, it is the Bay Area.