Bike Infrastructure – Drawdown Strategy #59

The Drawdown book reports Bike Infrastructure as the #59 most effective strategy for reversing global warming. Since bicycles are the most efficient means of transportation ever invented, riding a bike saves fuel and practically eliminates emissions compared to driving a gas-powered automobile. Consider also that 40% of urban car trips are less than two miles…

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Electric Vehicles – Drawdown Strategy #26

Electric vehicle technology has been around for over a hundred years, yet most Americans still drive gas-powered vehicles. Some consumers have “range anxiety” and worry their battery will run out of charge before reaching their destination, while others simply don’t understand how the charging mechanism works. The act of filling up at the gas station…

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Airplanes – Drawdown Strategy #43

Airplanes are an undeniable part of our everyday life – from traveling for the holidays to free two-day shipping. The Drawdown book explains that about half of our freight volume travels in the ‘belly’ of passenger planes; the other half, in designated cargo planes (think overnight shipping). However, the carbon emissions associated with burning jet…

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Reduced Food Waste – Drawdown Strategy #3

According to the Drawdown book, one third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. From produce not purchased by supermarkets due to visible imperfections (crooked carrots for example) to food rotting on trucks while being shipped long distances, the opportunities to reduce waste in the food…

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Ships – Drawdown Strategy #32

The globalized economy and the rise of online shopping has increased the demand for international shipping, and over 80% of global trade (by weight) is carried out using ships. Every day, five million barrels of fuel are used to move ships across the world, which accounts for 11% of the total emissions from the transportation…

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Household Recycling – Drawdown Strategy #55

Household recycling is something that the current generation has grown up with – children are taught in school how to sort paper, plastics, cans and bottles from an early age. For many Americans, recycling is a part of everyday life – new homes are constructed with cabinets for recycling bins as well as garbage bins,…

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Walkable Cities – Drawdown Strategy #54

When was the last time you walked somewhere? We’re not talking a stroll from the cubicle to the water cooler – when did you last travel somewhere (from your home or your office) by foot? If you’re like most Americans, it’s probably been a while. Urban sprawl has taken over most populated areas in the…

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Educating Girls – Drawdown Strategy #6

Educating girls comes in as the #6 most effective way to reverse global warming. The reasoning in this relationship comes down to population growth. As discovered by the Brookings Institution, “the difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman. And…

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In-Stream Hydro – Drawdown Strategy #48

Hydropower utilizes the kinetic energy of flowing water to spin turbines and generate electricity. As of 2017, hydropower comprised roughly 7.5% of the energy production in the United States, and hydropower provides electricity to nearly 60% of homes and businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Jess Dam and Lost Creek Reservoir in Oregon Some of the…

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Plant-Rich Diet – Drawdown Strategy #4

“Making the transition to a plant-based diet may well be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change.” – Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh According to a 2016 study from the University of Oxford, our typical greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent by adopting a vegan diet,…

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