The Drawdown approach to climate action

The Drawdown approach changes the conversation by focusing on solutions rather than problems. From electric vehicles to urban agriculture: we already have everything we need to eliminate all carbon emissions. Not only that: climate solutions also offer opportunities to fix other societal problems like air pollution and poverty while saving trillions of dollars on a global basis.

Climate action is an opportunity, not a burden. It is a chance to build a clean, modern and healthy city with a vibrant economy, supporting a better and more prosperous society for all.

Online Seminar

Refrigerants, Global Warming and Citizen Action

We held an online seminar on July 26 to explore refrigerant pollution and solutions with Drawdown BC and experts from the Environmental Investigative Agency. Watch the video to learn about what we are doing to tackle this problem and how you can help.

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Mapping Supermarket Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Supermarkets are major contributors to global warming through emissions of refrigerants — chemicals we use in fridges, freezers and A/C units to keep things cool. They are super potent greenhouse gases, thousands of times more powerful than CO2. Leaking refrigerant systems in a single grocery store typically cause as much greenhouse gas emissions in a year as more than 300 cars!

Help us collect data on supermarket refrigerant use! Find out which refrigerant gases your local grocery store is using, and put it on the map. Be a citizen scientist! It’s easy — just take a picture when you shop!

Partner Showcase

Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

Drawdown Toronto is proud to showcase Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers (TPUF), who we partnered with for the Just Eat It Toronto! Food Waste Challenge and the Groundwork for Change webinar series about the relationship between food, land and climate.

TPUF is a resident-lead group working to revolutionize community access to safe, affordable and locally-grown food — and over the past few years, it has become so much more.

To learn more,

You can also visit TPUF on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Video feature of Thorncliffe Park Urban Farmers

View on Youtube.

This video was created by Toronto Urban Growers for Urban Agriculture Week 2021 and it was also featured in our Groundwork for Change series about bridging the rural-urban divide.

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Groundwork for Change:
Food + Land+ Climate

Drawdown Toronto is co-presenting a series of webinars with ClimateFast, Eco-Just Food Network and Green Thumbs Growing about the relationship between food, land and climate. Food systems have a huge impact on climate and climate has a huge influence on food production. Agriculture and land-use release as much carbon emissions every year as global electricity production — and far more than the transport sector.

Watch the webinars on Youtube:

  1. Food + Land + Climate
  2. The Challenge, and Promise of Regenerative Agriculture
  3. Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide

Food Waste Challenge logo

We invited residents to participate in a six-week challenge to reduce their food waste footprint with simple activities and strategies.

Topics included Weighing In, Planning, Lessons in Leftovers, Best Before, Composting 101, and Reduce & Rethink.

Our goal is to highlight the facts, the contributing factors and the larger systemic problems associated with food loss and food waste, for individuals and our local community. Together we are working to use this challenge to bring more awareness and encourage more action around the issue of food waste.

When we think of the causes of global warming, fossil fuel use most often comes to mind. Less conspicuous are the consequences of our breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Project Drawdown, 2017
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Watch the Countdown video here or on Youtube.

TEDx event: COUNTDOWN to A Green New Decade

On October 15, Drawdown Toronto co-hosted a TEDx event to explore what a healthy, abundant, zero-emissions future could like like. Thanks to all our speakers and everyone who watched the live event.

A green and just recovery

Vision of Toronto as a green city. Made with vector components from Freepik (

Drawdown Toronto embraces local and national plans for a green and just recovery from the pandemic.

Let’s move beyond business-as-usual to create a prosperous, fair and livable society for all people. This is our opportunity to set a course for a better future.

Learn more about a green and just recovery

The Toronto Environmental Alliance has taken a leading role in putting an environmentally sustainable and socially fair recovery on the agenda.

Read TEA’s letter to the Toronto City Council

Listen to an interview with David Miller, former mayor of Toronto

Learn about Drawdown

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Paul Hawken speaks about drawdown

Watch the video on Youtube

From the News Blog

Drawdown Toronto Incorporates

Incorporating Drawdown Toronto as a federal not-for-profit organization means first and foremost that we are committed to promoting positive solutions to the climate challenge. Formalization itself is not a goal, only an instrument. With incorporation, we can start building the infrastructure and processes to ensure that Drawdown Toronto will become a driver of the low-carbon revolution. It frees up our volunteers to do what really matters. 

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