By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton President
In our 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future presentation on October 10, we asked and answered three key questions about humanity's response to the current climate crisis:
Our resounding "Yes!" to all three questions begs a fourth: "How will we change?"
That's where Drawdown Georgia comes in. With their official launch on October 17, they identified 20 top climate solutions researchers have tagged as critical for Georgia to achieve a 35% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
Using Paul Hawken's 2018 book Drawdown as a starting point, scientists from Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Emory, and Georgia State University studied the 100 solutions originally identified by Hawken and his colleagues to determine the highest potential actions for our state. The resulting blueprint for action features 20 solutions across five sectors (Buildings & Materials, Electricity, Transportation, Land Sinks, and Food & Agriculture) that collectively can cut carbon emissions in Georgia from 125 megaton to 79 megatons by 2030.
Sustainable Newton is committed to participating in and promoting the work of Drawdown Georgia to achieve these critical climate objectives for our state and our planet. Look for us to share more in our social media posts, blog entries, and virtual events over the coming months. Our first such event comes next month, when we host a virtual civic dinner on December 7 to discuss solutions in the Food & Agriculture sector. Exploring solutions like composting, conservation agriculture, plant-forward diet, and reduced food waste, we'll be joined by farmers from our community. They'll be talking about the sustainable practices they apply to their own farms, while also sharing recipes made with ingredients they produced.
To learn more about the science behind Drawdown Georgia, we recommend: