What would be the first thing you would do to actually save the planet from global warming? Luckily, we don't need to puzzle over it all day long – scientists have already done that for us!
The book; Project Drawdown, was released in 2017 and contains the world's most promising solutions to global climate change avilable today. The book is the result of a team of scientists, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organisations rigorous (and ongoing) review of climate solutions. Since launching the project scientists have been screening the most current and effective practices and technologies to mitigate climate change across areas such as electricity, industry, transportation, food, agriculture and land use.
The selection criteria were as follows:
- Is the solution currently available and scalable?
- Is it economically sustainable?
- Does it have the potential to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, either through avoided emissions or sequestration, by at least 50 million tonnes of GHG (greenhouse gases) over 30 years?
- Are there any negative consequences, such as pollution, reduced food security, land conversion, etc? And if so, do the positive benefits outweigh the negatives?
- Do we have sufficient data to be able to model these technologies at a global scale?
So what did they come up with?
Interestingly, some of the most powerful climate solutions are not the ones directly associated with eliminating emissions from fossil fuels, but the ones that are connected with our everyday habits – such as eating. More specifically, the authors of the book suggest food waste reduction and plant-rich diets as top solutions to combat climate change. And... guess what? There are real numbers that will make you literally feel the difference!
In the book, the authors write among other things that:
"If 50-75 percent of the world's population limits their diet to a healthy average of 2250 calories per day and reduces meat consumption overall, we can see a reduction of 43-68 gigatons between 2020 and 2050. That's about 2x as much as we're releasing globally per year today." - Pretty powerful right?
Be part of the solution and save the planet - one meal at a time! We're here to help you make the scientists (and more importantly - our planet) happy - check out how!