What are the most important things -- or the most practical, or the highest impact -- that we can do to prevent catastrophic climate change?
It turns out that many have little or nothing to do with renewable energy, high tech and massive infrastructure projects.
The single most impactful solution? Around the world, educate girls and give them access to family planning.
This is one of the strongest messages in the impressive new book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Non-technological solutions have to be front and center in the climate change conversation. They are just as important, and perhaps MORE important through their innumerable social side benefits beyond just GHG reductions.
Instigated and edited by Paul Hawken, the Drawdown team summarizes and compares 100 different solutions to tackling climate change. The solutions are ranked in terms of CO2-equivalent emissions reductions, alongside cost and savings estimates.
Check out these Top 10 Solutions. Which do you find surprising?
- Refrigerant (HFC) Emissions Management
- Wind Turbines (Onshore)
- Reduced Food Waste
- Plant-Rich Diet (Less Meat)
- Tropical Forests
- Educating Girls
- Family Planning
- Solar Farms
- Rooftop Solar