Project Drawdown is perhaps the most unexpected and hopeful development in the critical effort to reverse global warming.
With a modest budget and little fanfare, a group of 200 scientists and researchers mapped and modeled the 100 most effective ways to draw down greenhouse gas emissions. The Drawdown team did the math to calculate what humanity can achieve with tools already in use around the globe.
Since the findings were published in April 2017, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming has become aNew York Times best seller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide.
Now, there is a need for a collaborative effort to develop tools, training, and curriculum integration to unpack the rich learning opportunities of Drawdown and its data.
In 2018, along with our partners at the PNW BOCES Center for Environmental Education, SCI21, and the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is inviting educators, curriculum developers, parents, students, librarians, community groups, researchers, local officials, and other interested parties to learn together and chart a path forward.
Time will be provided for breakout groups to discuss key linkages to the new science standards (K-12) and explore how Drawdown can be more fully integrated into K-16 education, youth leadership, community-based projects, and municipal and civic engagement. There will also be opportunities for cross pollination between the groups.
This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team, and continues with interactive sessions throughout the weekend.
Intended outcomes for this October 2018 Drawdown Learn event in Rhinebeck, NY:
- Create a shared understanding of what Project Drawdown is—the math, science, and models used—and the movement that has emerged around it, so that a solutions-based approach to climate change becomes part of mainstream discourse and education.
- Demonstrate that the solutions for reversing global warming are clear and tangible, and that they can be worked on in our communities, homes, and schools. This event will include resources, ideas, and options for practical next steps that can be taken directly after the gathering.
- Explore avenues to get Drawdown information into the hands and minds of young people so they can both participate in and lead necessary action and innovation.
- Provide opportunity and resources for schools and communities to begin or deepen relationships, collaboration, and mutual support toward learning and implementing Drawdown solutions.
Connect, learn, and help chart a path forward for solutions-based climate change education and implementation in your school or community.
Check back in coming weeks for more detailed program information, including breakout session presenters and specific topics.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7.30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||
Drawdown Learn Presentation with Paul Hawken & team followed by discussions on solutions by sector (Food/Land Use, Energy, Buildings & Cities, Materials) led by the Drawdown team and local practitioners.
|9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||
Breakout Sessions will be held all day on Saturday with programming geared toward 3 concurrent tracks:
Track 1: Sessions for educators
Track 2: Wider community efforts
Track 3: Materials, buildings & grounds
|1:15p.m.–1:45p.m.||Tour Omega's Living Building & EcoMachine with CEO, Skip Backus|
|2:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.||
|6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.||DINNER|
|7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Drawdown Learn Expo including four 25min presentations|
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m
Unconference sessions -- led by breakout facilitators and conference participants to follow up on topics for further discussion that emerge on Saturday, for people to connect with their place-based groups, or to meet with potential collaborators to discuss ideas that have come up.
Panel of students/young leaders share their reflections with the wider group
Whole group closing -- resources, reflections, and next steps
|12:30–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The schedule above is subject to change as the event continues to develop. The final schedule will be available upon arrival.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Presenters
Paul Hawken, an environmentalist and activist, has written seven books on the environmental movem ...
Katharine Wilkinson, PhD, is senior writer at Project Drawdown, where she collaborated with Paul ...
Chad Frischmann, MS, serves as vice president and research director at Project Drawdown, whe ...
Crystal Chissell, JD, MS, MBA, manages the partnership, fellowship and volunteer programs at Proj ...
Tuition & Fees
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Friday Evening Live Stream
This 3-day collaborative event begins Friday evening with an in-depth overview of Project Drawdown by executive director Paul Hawken and his team. They will discuss the project, who is part of it, how far they have come, next steps including the Drawdown Research Institute, and other ways that educational institutions, students of all ages, and communities are getting involved.
We will be streaming this presentation live so that those who cannot join us in person can join in online to learn more about the Drawdown Learn initiative and explore how they can participate.
Check back in coming weeks for registration information.
Professional Development Credit
This program includes 15 hours. More information coming soon about professional development credit options.
Drawdown Learn Expo
Many educators, schools, student groups, parents, and others are doing innovative work when it comes to climate change education.
Have you developed tools, curriculum, creative projects, or an approach that's working? Also, if you are inspired to start working with Drawdown solutions this year we would love to hear about it in October.
If you are planning to attend this Drawdown Learn event and are interested in sharing a particular project or approach that you think would be helpful to others, please fill out this submission form and we will follow up with you about presenting at our expo session. There is no extra cost to register.
Space is limited and will be allocated depending on how many people would like to present, and how large their demonstration requirements are. Register early to be considered for larger displays.
Questions? Contact Moira Dwyer: Moirad@eomega.org
Discounted Passes & Scholarships
We look forward to hosting this event, and would like everyone to be able to participate. Having a diversity of perspectives will be important, so please share widely.
If you, your school, or your organization is able to help support this event, please register and pay the actual cost of the program using the sliding scale tiered pricing listed above. Educators, you can contact Moirad@eomega.org to ask about using a purchase order.
We are currently fundraising and adding event sponsors to be able to underwrite discounted passes for students, young leaders, and partner organizations who need financial assistance in order to attend. RSVP here if you would like to register for a $95 weekend commuter/camping pass (meals and all other fees included).
Scholarships are available for anyone who needs further financial assistance.
This event emerged as a collaboration between Project Drawdown and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). Our core organizing team includes PNW BOCES Center for Environmental Education, SCI21, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education and the Northwest Earth Institute. We will soon begin adding links below to a growing number of organizations, networks, and schools that are joining us in this effort.
Become an Organizational Partner
Being a partner means:
- Your group plans to engage with this Drawdown Learn initiative in person or online in October, and will help let others know about it before then through email, social media, or other channels.
- Once you’ve registered as an organizational partner, anyone you invite can use your organization’s name as their discount code to access $95 weekend commuter or camping passes (meals included) – first come, first served as funding lasts to cover discounted passes and scholarships.
- We will display your organization’s name and link to your website or satellite event details from the Drawdown Learn event website
For those partners that would like to have deeper involvement:
- We're working with organizations and schools that would like to invite people from their community to join them at the event in Rhinebeck NY, or at a satellite event that they will host, so that they can continue the conversation or work together afterward.
- These targeted efforts could include invitations and outreach to people in your organization or school, nearby schools, businesses, your town, city or within your region or networks.
- Partners may also wish to strategically invite key people such as their local officials, principals, superintendents or school board members to attend the Friday evening talk with Paul Hawken and any portion of the rest of the weekend. As a partner organization, if you need guest passes to the event in Rhinebeck, NY for this purpose please contact Moira Dwyer: Moirad@eomega.org.
Partners may also work with local businesses or organizations to award sponsored attendance for youth leaders, thereby sending them to the event as ambassadors for their community.
We are open to hearing any other creative ideas from partners about people and projects who we should know about, and how to best work together to join our efforts.