Drawdown – Awakening the Dreamer – Changing the Dream
“Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” , was edited by the author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken along with a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, research fellows, writers, business leaders and activists.
Drawdown contains 80 solutions that are ready today, and 20 additional forthcoming innovations that collectively can draw down atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to solve, not just slow, climate change by 2050. Climate drawdown is the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis.
The 80 solutions that make up the bulk of the Drawdown book are grouped into seven buckets: energy; food; women and girls; building and cities; land use; transport; and materials. To qualify for inclusion, a solution must have proven to reduce energy use through efficiency, material reduction or resource productivity; replace existing energy sources with renewable energy; or sequester carbon in soils, plants or help through regenerative farming, grazing, ocean and forest practices.
Hawken is quick to point out that the book’s seemingly brash subtitle is a bit tongue in cheek: this is the only “comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming,” he said. The book, along with an accompanying website, may be the first to provide the insight and inspiration, backed by empirical research and data, that could enable companies, governments and citizens to attack the climate problem in a holistic and aggressive way.
One of the ways I do this is by facilitating an experiential event called Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream.
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream is a program of The Pachamama Alliance that serves as a galvanizing space for individuals to deeply explore the extraordinary possibilities inherent in a communion of technology with spirit. Through participation in this program, people are offered a new place to stand in looking at their world and their lives, and are empowered to formulate their own personal daily practices that contribute to the creation of a new dream for themselves as well as for our world.
The Pachamama Alliance is committed to finding ways to support a growing effort to help us awaken from the seductive trance of unlimited progress, unrestrained private interest and material accumulation. We are clear that there is now an unprecedented opportunity to live from a new vision, one made possible by the merging of two ways of seeing the world that until now have seemed to be totally distinct— a marriage of the technological skill of the modern world, with the earth-honoring wisdom of indigenous cultures.
Each of us can make new choices in our daily lives, to create new practices that we take on each day. Our invitation is for you to design practices for yourself that have you be ‘in action’ consistent with creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our time.
Come and find out what makes you come alive and what’s next for you.
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium June 9 at 11:30. Get your tickets at Eventbrite.