Drawdown Toronto is a community based organization dedicated to using the Drawdown framework and approach to support climate action. Through education about solutions, we demystify climate action and introduce people to the radical opportunities that exist for remaking our society and economy to me more just, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous while protecting the foundations for life to flourish.
Drawdown Toronto was started in early 2018 as a project of Unify Toronto. Throughout the first year, we organized a series of introductions to Drawdown, sectoral events, and a course, that together put vital information about how we can reverse global warming in participants’ hands, connected them with other change makers, and galvanized their action with a new sense of optimism and agency. Drawdown Toronto has now been seeded as an initiative in its own right.
We have focused our activities in two broad areas:
Education and engagement
We engage and inspire public and private audiences to make change happen through presentations, workshops, seminars and courses.
We engage with politicians and other policy-makers to promote a positive and pragmatic solutions based approach to climate action.
Theory of change
All in all, Drawdown is more than just a catalogue of solutions — it is a new approach to action on global warming, or at least a renewed emphasis on an existing idea.
We need to change the conversation away from abstract goals and the consequences of climate change; away from shaming or scaring people to action. If 30 years of advocacy has shown us anything, it is that an approach based on fear causes paralysis, not action.
There is a better way: we want to reframe the issue in terms of solutions rather than problems; in terms of the future we want to envision rather than the one we don’t.
This is why we have created Drawdown Toronto: to demystify climate action; to educate people about solutions; to push politicians to act with courage; to invite people to shape the future of this city, the country and the world; to enable people to build a better future.
We don’t call for transformative change because the transformation is already happening. We call for everyone to be involved in the transformation and to help accelerate it. Then we can get the planet and the future we desire: a healthy, prosperous and sustainable Earth for ourselves and generations to come.