From The latest report slightly rephrased.
1) We can reach Drawdown by mid-century if we use the climate solutions already in hand at a large enough scale. We can solve our problems even without technological innovation.
2) Climate solutions are interconnected as a system, and they should reinforce each other.
3) Climate solutions have other benefits for people as well, such as no longer being poisoned by pollution, or having their land destroyed.
4) Savings significantly outweigh costs.
5) We need to accelerate moves to reduce or replace the use of fossil fuels. We need to actively stop the use of coal, oil, and gas and replace them with other sources of energy – renewables, hydrogen etc.
6) We need to simultaneously start reducing emissions towards zero and support, or expand, nature’s carbon sinks
7) Some powerful climate solutions receive comparably little attention, reminding us to widen our lens.
- Food waste reduction and plant-rich diets
- Regenerating eco-systems
- Restoration of temperate and tropical forests
- Rehabilitating peat lands
- Encouraging Ocean based Carbon sinks (which improve fisheries)
- Preventing leaks and improving disposal of chemical refrigerants
- New cements, which exist
- Building recycling responsibility into products
- Electric Transport and improved public transport running on zero-emissions energy.
- Access to high-quality, voluntary reproductive healthcare and high-quality, inclusive education
8) Solutions do not scale themselves. We need means of removing barriers and accelerating their implementation and expansion. That is, we need political and cultural action.
9) The climate crisis requires systemic, structural change across our global society and economy. Footholds of agency exist at every level, for all individuals and institutions, to participate in advancing climate solutions.
10) Greta Thunberg: “You must take action. You must do the impossible. Because giving up can never ever be an option.”
We should probably add that we need to stop, as quickly as possible, all pollution – that is all waste which cannot be processed by the ecology in the amounts that are emitted. We also need to stop deforestation, and over-fishing.
We need to phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels, whether they are taxpayer handouts, tax breaks, tax evasions, royalty holidays or anything else. If needed the recovered money could be used to help renewable development.
All of these moves will cause lots of opposition, but they are necessary. It is not just a matter of what we do, but what we refrain from doing.