There are few global issues that have attracted more media attention, investment, and research than the climate crisis. When we learned about Project Drawdown, we found an opportunity to highlight projects that are already working and support them to scale; seek out creative approaches from diverse members of our global community; and catalyze a shift from a fractured and siloed approach to climate change, to one where the community supports and recognizes its own.
Project Drawdown’s analysis as well as multiple data sources indicate that access to quality education coupled with gender equity, food waste reduction, and plant-rich diet have the greatest potential to slow the pace of global warming—even more than switching to solar, electric, or wind energy.
Below are references, tools, and resources available to help connect your efforts in these areas to reversing climate change.
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