Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming


In Paul Hawken's recently published text, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, he and his team of research fellows provide a list of the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming. Number 5 on that list is Tropical Rainforest restoration and rehabilitation,


The World resources institute found that "30% of the world's forestland has been cleared completely. Another 20% has been degraded." (HAWKENS, PG. 114)

Tropical forests used to make up 12% of the world's landmasses but have recently been measured at just 5%, which is still under the threat of deforestation. Such a dramatic decrease is due to many, many reasons but is certainly not ethically or socially acceptable considering how much humans depend on them for survival. Shockingly, the small percentage of tropical forest remaining is still responsible for eliminating 11% of annual greenhouse gas emissions worldwide or "all those emanating from the United States" (HAWKENS, PG. 114).

This research proves that we need to become more conscious of the way we are treating the land of Tropical Forests and that we need to rediscover the appreciation we once had for this natural carbon sink. By restoring and rebuilding these forests we have a better chance of stabalizing the ever increasing global temperature.

Below is a diagram of the top 10 most impactful solutions to climate change according to the research:

source: Project Drawdown

source: Project Drawdown

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