A Plan to Reverse Global Warming
with Chad Frischman, VP and Research Director
Can we stop global warming in the next 30 years?
According to renowned environmentalist and author Paul Hawken and the team at Project Drawdown, the answer is yes. We can keep the temperature of the Earth from rising past the critical mark of two degrees Celsius and actually draw down carbon out of the atmosphere to reverse global warming by 2050.
Project Drawdown has identified 100 substantive solutions that, implemented collectively, could realistically keep us from catastrophe, and at the same time create the world we all want to live in.
Led by Chad Frischmann, the team of over 70 researchers carefully measured the 80 solutions that are already up and running around the world and modeled how they might be scaled up over the next 30 years. The team also evaluated the potential of 20 "coming attraction" solutions that are not yet in use but could soon be utilized, such as autonomous vehicles, hyperloop, and the artificial leaf. The researchers then ranked all 100 solutions to show which ones make the biggest impact and should be prioritized by investors, city planners, business leaders, educators, and NGOs. The solutions, modeling results, and rankings are presented in the beautifully designed book, Drawdown.
Chad Frischmann—Vice President and Research Director
Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. He has an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation. Previously, Chad was the Senior Programme Officer at The Europaeum; taught at the University of Oxford and the UC-Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the IFAD. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D., Climate Compassion
Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal martial arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to leadership that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building.
The Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley
The Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future.