We have all the solutions we need to avoid catastrophic warming, right now, claims a new report by Project Drawdown.
And, not only are they easy to implement, they’re far cheaper than doing nothing.
The Drawdown Review is a comprehensive analysis of the currently available solutions to the climate crisis, based on the work of scientists and researchers around the world, across many sectors, from finance to climate science.
The aim of the nonprofit Project Drawdown is to guide us all towards a future where the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to decline – the moment they refer to as ‘drawdown’.
That means we must start extracting fossil fuel emissions, such as CO2 and methane, from the atmosphere as well as stop spewing them into it.
“Drawdown is a critical turning point for life on Earth, and we must strive to reach it quickly, safely, and equitably,” says the report.
Having already lost an entire decade to inaction, and recently receiving a glimpse of some very frightening consequences – the devastating loss of wildlife from Australia’s unprecedented summer of fires – the urgency of such solutions are surely clear.
“The current path we are on is beyond dangerous,” the report warns, “and it’s easy to be paralyzed by that perilousness. Yet possibility remains to change it.”
Project Drawdown estimates that by implementing the 76 solutions they’ve outlined, it would result in savings of up to around US$144 trillion of avoided climate damage and pollution-related healthcare costs.
While the upfront cost could be up to US$26.2 trillion, this plan would allow us to achieve peak carbon dioxide by as early as the mid-2040s.
When they scientists grouped their solutions by sector, they were ranked like this:
“We found that when we add together the 80-plus solutions to climate change, and these already exist, we have enough to get drawdown by between the 2040s and the 2060s depending on how decisively we act,” co-author and climate scientist Jonathan Foley told the ABC.