- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition edition (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143130444
- ISBN-13: 978-0143130444
- ASIN: 0143130447
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 209 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.”
—Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
“There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.”
—David Roberts, Vox
“This is 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
“Drawdown is not just a project—it is an adventure. It is a promising story that has the potential to engage every person on the planet with at least one solution to climate change, whether it is educating girls, improved rice cultivation, creating walkable cities, eating a plant-rich diet, household recycling, or any of the other solutions.”
—Karen O'Brien, cCHANGE
“Drawdown is an exceptional example of cooperation between some of the sharpest thinkers on climate and energy matters, an atlas that has the potential to save the planet.”
—Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO German Energy Agency
“It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision. . . . Stabilizing the climate system will require a heroic global effort, but the point here is only to show that . . . such an effort can do more than merely succeed; that it can succeed well, and open into futures that we can actually bear to contemplate.”
—Tom Athanasiou, The Nation
“The Paul Hawken presentation I just experienced at Telluride Mountainfilm was simply the best speech I have ever heard. And, not so incidentally, also the most important. To come at the world’s most important issue in an entirely novel fashion is a monumental feat.”
— Tom Peters, American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence
“In the course of 20-some years of investigating and writing about global warming I’ve become all too familiar with that dynamic of gloom/doom/shame/fear/apathy, and I think Hawken has put his finger on exactly why we haven’t made more policy progress. The biggest anchor dragging behind this boat isn’t climate denial or even indifference but, I suspect, the almost unspeakably deep, defeatist conviction that no response really matters because we are already so thoroughly screwed. I’m vulnerable to that despair at times and maybe you are, too. If so, read this book — not just as an antidote to fear and despair but as foundation for understanding and supporting the kinds of change that really could be coming, and at every scale from your household to your company, your community, your county and state and national government.”
—Ron Meador, MinnPost
“I am blown away by Drawdown. Like hearing an advance copy of Sergeant Pepper, back in the day.”
—John Elkington, CEO Volans, author and world authority on sustainable development
“Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain. . . . An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership.”
“A rigorous and profoundly important resource.”
—Donna Seaman, Booklist
“With a climate-denying party controlling the government, it can seem that there’s no hope. . . . But a new book might change that—and serve as a blueprint for what comes next if the U.S. government (and the global community) begins to aggressively focus on altering the climate future. Drawdown is likely the most comprehensive model of climate solutions ever made.”
“Drawdown is a magnificent achievement.”
—Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for New Economics
“This is one of the most powerful, hopeful, world-changing documents. A deeply peer reviewed, fully win-win, nearly no-regrets pathway . . . with a surprising ranking of the most important and impactful solutions. Paul Hawken’s simple, elegant genius in leading this approach, can inspire rapid, catalytic action. ”
—Andy Lipkis, TreePeople
“A bold plan to beat back climate change based on solutions already within our grasp.”
“At a time when the Trump administration is working to dismantle much of the nation’s efforts to minimize climate change, Paul Hawken’s new book swoops onto the scene like a knight in shining armor. . . . The book’s release couldn’t possibly come at a better time. Refreshingly absent of political analysis, it’s grounded in scientific reality and will likely go a long way toward inciting people to action.”
—The Portland Tribune
“Drawdown is likely the most hopeful thing you’ll ever read about our ability to take on global warming.”
—Joel Makower, GreenBiz
“This book is a beautiful, inspiring, and deeply satisfying read. Most importantly it is no more doom and gloom. It is OPTIMISTIC and empowering. Paul Hawken is a true visionary and a brilliant voice for real solutions.”
—Jessica Rolph, Founding Partner, Happy Family
“It’s so brilliant . . . a showstopper.”
—Donald A. Falk, PhD, Associate Professor School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona
About the Author
Paul Hawken is an author and activist. He has founded successful, ecologically-conscious businesses, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next Economy, Growing a Business, and The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest. The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the most important books in the world at that time. He has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Center for Plant Conservation, Shelburne Farms, Trust for Public Land, Conservation International, and National Audubon Society.
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After reading through all the myriad proposals this well written and illustrated book contains, optimist that I have always been, we, as a species are doomed.
The end will not be pretty. The lucky ones will die quickly, through disease or starvation, and by the tens of millions. Those who do survive will live in an overheated world where society as we know it has utterly collapsed - a complete breakdown of everything man has invented for the last 300 years.
Even if the planet were to stop the burning of all fossil fuels immediately, CO2 and Methane emissions in the atmosphere will continue to rise to levels the planet hasn’t seen since the end of the Carboniferous Period, which triggered the 3rd mass extinction some 250 million years ago. That epoch laid down the vast oil and gas deposits (along with peat) we have been exploiting commercially since the first oil strike in Western Pennsylvania (1859). For the planet, it has been all downhill since.
The book goes into meticulous detail as to the source of all these greenhouse gases, and some of the results are surprising. 20% of all greenhouse gases, per year, are emitted by cattle to a population whose cultural preferences favor a diet of meat. Changing that diet could have profound impact on emissions, but it will never happen in time.
Nitrous Oxide (from nitrate fertilizers) is 298 times more powerful than CO2 in its atmospheric warming effect, and in the US, we dose the land from Maine to California with a billion tons a year, all made from natural gas or oil. Half of the washes away in streams and rivers, eventually into the Gulf of Mexico down the Mississippi River. The dead Zones in the Gulf are Hugh and more than a little disturbing.
Pasture makes up 70% of the world’s agricultural land (1 billion acres), and much of that has been created by massive slash and burning of tropical rainforest land - for meat. The great carbon sinks of tropical forests have disappeared just when we need to go in the opposite direction.
Coral reefs the world over are in dire straights. Florida lost 80% of it’s coral reefs in 2015, but you didn’t hear a peep about that during that fiasco of an election cycle that was just then stirring. The result of that now is clear, and the White House has turned its back on science and given the business class the green light to rape even faster than before. The end is inevitable, so why not go out in a blaze of glory!