In honor of our 25th year, we’re excited to kick-off the new Drawdown EcoChallenge this week – taking place April 4-25th. This 21-day online event focuses on actions to reverse global warming. We’re just a few days away! We hope you will join us for this new EcoChallenge which follows solutions highlighted in Drawdown, a New York Times bestseller based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exist.
As we prepare to get started, here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions. You can also learn more about maximizing your impact here: Participant Tips.
What does “drawdown” refer to and why is NWEI partnering with Project Drawdown?
Since we published our first course book on climate change in 2007, we’ve remained committed to catalyzing climate solutions through our course books and EcoChallenge programs. “Drawdown” refers to the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a yearly basis, and is the goal for reversing climate change and reducing global average temperatures. Partnering with Project Drawdown enables us to combine our expertise and approaches in order to maximize our impact.
What are some of the action categories I can choose from in the Drawdown EcoChallenge?
All of the actions in the Drawdown EcoChallenge relate to the top 100 solutions to climate change outlined in the Drawdown book. You can choose from actions relating to electricity generation, food, women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transportation and materials. During the EcoChallenge, you can choose up to ten one-time or daily actions. For example, you might choose actions in the Materials category, which is focused on creating a more circular economy. Why is this important? The linear and wasteful ways in which humans partner with the materials that make up the economy result in significant greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the products that meet our daily needs. Actions in this category show a pathway forward to a more circular economy where material already extracted, produced, and used is recovered and efficiently reprocessed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
For more information on all of the action categories as well as individual actions you can choose, click here.
Why is there a Women and Girls challenge category?
The solutions in this category focus on the majority of humanity, the 51 percent who are female. We call them out specifically because climate change is not gender neutral. Due to existing inequalities, women and girls are disproportionately vulnerable to its impacts, from disease to natural disaster. At the same time, women and girls are pivotal to addressing global warming successfully, and to humanity’s overall resilience. Suppression and marginalization along gender lines actually hurt everyone, while equity is good for all. These solutions show that enhancing the rights and well-being of women and girls could improve the future of life on this planet. Furthermore, educating women and girls ranks as one of the top solutons (#6) to reversing global warming, behind family planning (#7).
Learn more about this challenge category here.
How often should I check in and log my progress and why is it important?
You should check in and log your progress daily. This not only allows us to track our individual and collective impact in real time, but also helps to keep us accountable in terms of completing the actions that we have committed to undertaking during the Drawdown EcoChallenge. However, if you aren’t able to check in daily, fear not. You can check in as often as you are able and log your progress retrospectively as well. We’ll also send you reminder emails throughout the EcoChallenge, encouraging you to log your progress online.
What are EcoChallenge points? How do points and collective impact relate?
During the Drawdown EcoChallenge, you choose your challenge, then earn points for completing your actions, engaging your community, and sharing your story. Your points add up to demonstrate your impact, help your team win competitions, and improve your team’s overall ranking for grand prizes. You can learn more about points here. For example, you can accumulate points by checking in and logging your progress, posting to your feed, answering one of our reflection questions, or inviting others to join your team. Accruing points is not only fun, it also encourages us to maximize our impact by completing our actions, inviting others to take action, and sharing our learning and reflections along the way.
With over 500 teams poised to take action, we couldn’t be more excited. Please join us – and get ready for 21 days of shared learning and action!