Solutions Abound (Personal And Political Will Do Not)

Two-fer: Cycling and Reducing Food Waste

To everyone and anyone who thinks that “solving” climate change is difficult because we just don’t have the technology and solutions at hand, Project Drawdown once again reminds the oblivious that there are dozens of solutions that are feasible, affordable and can be enacted right now:

Five years ago Project Drawdown published a collection of “drawdown solutions,” technologies and practices that, if ambitiously implemented together, can achieve drawdown—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change. A newly released update of this landmark analysis adds 11 new solutions and confirms with even more clarity and conviction that humanity has the solutions needed to reach drawdown quickly, safely, efficiently, and equitably.

The problem isn’t lack of solutions. The problem is a lack of focus, a lack of political will, and a lack of urgency. This matters because many or most of Project Drawdown’s solutions require major investment and policy reform at a government level.

Pause for upbeat, hopeful video that completely elides the power of the fossil fuel industry and the crisis of democracy.

Still, none of us is powerless, even if our elected leaders are failing.  And for anyone who wants to get started right away, I note that plant-based diets and reducing food waste are the two solutions that have the biggest impact. And while you are at it, why not bicycle more, carpool more, and drive less? And buy less? And fly less? And, and…

Without question, this revolution will be from the bottom-up. Don’t wait around for the politicians…

COVID Silver Linings: Cycling Rediscovered…

Much of the world is locked down and turning to cycling. An excellent reminder that it is a superior (carbon-free) mode of transport. And that smart planning would mean making it safer and more accessible everywhere.

Planting A Trillion Trees…

…would be great for the climate and also a great way to generate post-Covid19 jobs. Win-win:

An incentive for growing trees would contribute to exactly the sort of economic stimulus the United States badly needs. Every dollar the federal government gives landowners and tree-planting contractors multiplies economic activity in communities that plant trees and manage forests, including underserved urban and rural communities. Rural communities are already more vulnerable to certain impacts of the coronavirus pandemic due to an ongoing trend of rural hospital closures and the scarcity of high-speed internet access for remote work. An annual federal investment of $4-4.5 billion in tree restoration could help these communities recover by bringing in $6-12 billion per year in economic growth. That investment could also fight climate change cost-effectively, removing nearly 10% of annual U.S. emissions at less than $10 per ton of carbon dioxide.

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