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Science

Too many of us are blissfully unaware that global overheating is an existential threat to human civilization.

  1. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report: we must reduce emissions “45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030.” Increases of just 2°C means coral reefs will “mostly disappear” and about 150,000,000 people be displaced and become refugees.
  2. Pope Francis: “Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.”
  3. Elon Musk: “We are running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.”

Unfortunately, once we do start researching the topic often we become overwhelmed.

We think “What can I do?” and get paralyzed.

That’s where Project Drawdown comes in. It illuminates the path forward — 80 solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ranked by cost and efficacy.

All of these solutions are proven technologically and proven by (at least some) market adoption. None require widespread “geoengineering.” And many of them are net profitable.

Here are just three:

#1 Refrigerant Management – recycling chemicals from refrigerators properly. They are called HFCs and trap heat in our atmosphere 1,000 to 9,000 times more than does carbon dioxide.

#3 Reduced Food Waste – We waste about 30% of all food, accounting for 8 percent of emissions.

#36 Alternative Cement – “Portland” cement is one of the most used substances in the world, and it contributes 5-6% of global emissions annually. Alternative mixtures — e.g. using furnace slag or fly ash — produce far less emissions.

About thirty of these eighty solutions are relevant for households, and many of these have to do with either food or how we use land to produce food:

This is why only one of the six activities in #ThisFamilyCares is “Electric Vehicles” and one is “Energy Efficiency.” The other activities focus on cultivating a positive attitude, reducing consumption of physical stuff generally, and food (“Enjoy Plants” and “Waste Not“).

And of these thirty, about 27 are most relevant for Indiana households:

Drawdown
Solution
Gigatons
Of CO2
Reduced
By 2050
Reduced Food Waste70
Plant-Rich Diet66
Silvopasture31
Rooftop Solar25
Regenerative Agriculture23
Conservation Agriculture17
Tree Intercropping17
Farmland Restoration14
Electric Vehicles11
LED Lighting (Household)8
Mass Transit7
Solar Water6
Water Saving – Home5
Cars4
Walkable Cities3
Household Recycling3
Smart Thermostats2
Bike Infrastructure2
Composting2
Telepresence2
Methane Digesters (Small)2
Nutrient Management2
Farmland Irrigation1
Electric Bikes1
Recycled Paper1
Ridesharing0.3
Micro Wind0.2

Food / Agriculture & Land Management

For now, we’ll dive into these categories as they represent 2/3rds of a Hoosier household’s potential impact to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

We address this in “Buy Experiences” by encouraging you:

  • to try Mark Lewis’s hypnotherapy. He can help you address root causes of potential food problems, like addiction or body image.
  • to do a short-term detox of unhealthy foods, gaining a new appreciation of what you put into your body. (Coming soon)

We address this in “Enjoy Plants” by encouraging you:

  • to watch the documentary Forks Over Knives discussing the many benefits of plant rich diets.
  • to invest in community supported agriculture (CSA). We’ve built relationships with local farmers who are especially sustainably focused — for example, they’ve already implemented many of the Drawdown solutions relevant for farmers (e.g. silvopasture, regenerative agriculture, managed grazing, farmland irrigation, nutrient management, etc.)
  • to invest in a Garden Tower and grow vegetables on your porch.

More Coming Soon

ThisFamilyCares.org is evolving quickly, especially with input from people like you. The reasoning behind these six activities will be available here online. The ultimate design goals are to provide fun, engaging, effective solutions for Hoosiers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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