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. And not only that, but 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.

The food waste challenge has started!

Almost 60% of food produced in Canada is never eaten. That’s a massive drain on resources that costs the economy billions and average households more than $1700 each year. Reducing food waste is one the top three Drawdown solutions to global warming.

We’re inviting residents to join this challenge to take action on reducing food waste. We will demonstrate that wasting less is not difficult or inconvenient — on the contrary, it can be enjoyable, educational and can save you money!

Over six weeks, we’ll ask participants to carry out some simple weekly activities focused on different aspects of food use and food waste. Step by step, we’ll introduce the knowledge, tools and methods that can help you make a difference. No one is too young or too old to participate, and everyone can choose their level of engagement.

Jan 18 to Feb 28

Challenge sneak-peak

  • Mapping your food waste
  • How to use leftovers
  • Meal planning
  • Shopping strategies
  • Decoding ‘best before’

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


  • Impact Zero
  • Waste Watchers
  • Canadian Climate Challenge
  • EcoCaledon
  • NEST
  • Water Docs logo
YouTube video

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. It will be available for general viewing in a few days.

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

YouTube video

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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