Revisiting Our Climate Solution Set: The Latest from Project Drawdown

By: John A. Lanier

Climate is in the news right now, which seems like the perfect time to revisit Project Drawdown’s trailblazing work in modeling our most effective climate solutions. In their latest update, we get 11 new solutions and some other updates that might surprise you.

As a general rule, I steer clear when it comes to discourse on politics in general, and elections and legislation in particular. There are pretty firm rules in place that prevent foundations like ours from “lobbying,” meaning it’s just safer to leave well enough alone. So when it comes to the Inflation Reduction Act and what it means for climate change, I’m not going to say much other than…yes, it’s a big deal, and I think it will mark a sea change. I’m also not above being opportunistic when it comes to what’s in the news cycle, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to remind my readers of the importance of climate solutions in general, and I’ll leave it to you to find the best coverage of how the Inflation Reduction Act might influence them.

 

Why It’s Important to Talk About the Solutions, Not Just the Problem, of Climate Change

Longtime readers probably know where I’m headed here, because when it comes to all things climate change solutions, the first word that comes to mind is “Drawdown.” The inspiration for Drawdown Georgia, in which our foundation plays a collaborative role, is Project Drawdown. Back in 2017, they published a first-of-its-kind book that demonstrated the world’s most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. Their work had a tremendous impact and has helped to shape the work of the climate movement these past five years.

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Top 10 Nature-Inspired Companies Addressing Environmental and Social Issues

Biomimicry Institute announces new cohort of bioinspired startups participating in the Ray of Hope Prize® program.

From inventing higher-performing and more sustainable renewable energy systems, to reducing food waste, to solving the plastic waste problem, the 2022 Ray of Hope Prize® finalists offer inspiring solutions through their use of biomimicry (also referred to as nature-inspired or bioinspired design). Selected from hundreds of impressive submissions from companies around the world, the Biomimicry Institute is proud to announce the top 10 finalists selected to participate in this transformational program designed to help startups cross a critical threshold in scaling their sustainable solutions. The 10-week virtual accelerator program culminates in the chance to receive the $100,000 grand prize and additional equity-free funding.

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EVs and the environment: How electric cars are impacting emissions and climate change

Blair Beasley, director of climate strategies for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, was recently quoted in a story about EVs and the environment that ran in the Savannah Morning News.

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Climate Experts from Georgia Climate Project and Drawdown Georgia Featured on CBS46

Dr. Patricia Yager and Dr. Marilyn Brown talk about climate issues in Georgia and the solutions that already exist to help solve them.

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K-12 Climate Education: Climate Solutions That Go Beyond Carbon

How can Georgia educators nurture and engage the next generation of climate leaders in our state? How are teachers employing hands-on learning experiences around climate with their students? And how do young leaders view their roles in the climate movement?

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