Reversing Global Warming: Getting into Action

Welcome to the Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action workshop focused on aiding you develop an action plan in the quest to reverse global warming.  Below are the materials for the current workshop starting June 14, 2020 and going through August 2, 2020.   For reference, here is the event page on Meetup.

If you have any questions or feedback on any of the materials or workshop, please send to scott.henson@outlook.com.

Intentions of the Workshop

    • During the workshop you will be doing some reading, research, fieldwork, and collaboration.
    • You will gain a basic understanding of how it is possible to reverse global warming, and specifically how you and people in your community can accelerate and expand the work being done to achieve one or even several of the solutions outlined in the Drawdown research.
    • The wisdom of coming from a place of deep connection to the earth and all life when working to reverse global warming will be evident to you.
    • By the end of the course you will know yourself newly as someone truly making a difference in humanity’s response to the challenge to actually reverse global warming, and will see the opportunity that we as the human family have to take this on.
    • You will have the opportunity to engage in one or more specific Solutions and become an active advocate for reversing global warming.
    • That engagement will include a new attitude, a new hopefulness, and partners both locally and in an extended network that you contribute to, and that contributes to you.
    • And the intention is that this engagement will represent a lifetime commitment – that what gets unleashed in you doesn’t end when the workshop ends; you can be counted on for the rest of your life as part of a larger movement bringing about a more beautiful world.

Workshop Overview

Session

Focus

Research

# 1
(Jun 14)

  • Come together as a community
  • Introduction to Drawdown – 2017 & 2020
  • Focus on solutions
  • Summarize Drawdown information for two solutions

# 2
(Jun 21)

  • Small group solutions sharing
  • Intro to the four levels of action
  • Beginning to map your action plan
  • In depth research about how one specific Solution is active around the world
  • Practice talking about Drawdown

# 3
(June 28)

  • Communicating effectively about reversing global warming
  • Small group Solutions sharing
  • Identify local opportunities for engaging with one specific Solution
  • Prepare and practice an elevator talk

# 4
(July 5)

  • Full group sharing about local Solution opportunities
  • Inventory of goals and resources
  • Develop and begin implementing a “Game On” action plan

# 5
(Aug 2)

  • Community gathering + “potluck”
  • Full group action plan sharing

 

Resources to Use Throughout the Workshop

All files and resources for the workshop are available to download here.

Slides and Resources from Session 1 (DISCOVER) – June 14, 2020

Overview

    • Connect as a group committed to a shared goal
    • Experience the context of possibility for reversing global warming
    • Understand Project Drawdown and the updated 2020 Solutions for reversing global warming
    • Understand the structure, expectations, and intentions of the workshop series
    • Select two Solutions to begin exploring individually for next week

Slides

    • Session 1 – Discover.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our first session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

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Handouts

Researching two solutions.  For the next week please investigate two solutions you find interesting and be prepared to discuss them with your class mates for about 5-7 minutes next week.  You can download this Microsoft Word doc and edit and easily share with others.

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

 

Slides and Resources from Session 2 (DEEPEN) – June 21, 2020

Overview

    • Deepen understanding of Drawdown Solutions
    • Share experience of researching Solutions to reversing global warming in small groups
    • Engage with Four Levels of Actions and begin applying them to specific Solutions
    • Select one Solution to research at Four Levels of Action for next week

Slides

    • Session 2 – Deepen.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our second session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

AV During Presentation

    • What is Possible Now? (11:37).  From the Awakening the Dreamer workshop offered by The Pachamama Alliance,  this video helps to see that a new future is possible and that a huge, unstoppable movement is already in action, committed to creating a new story for humanity.
    • Will Grant Four Levels of Action (7:35) ( transcript).  A great way to think about your personal action portfolio!  Will Grant is an activist, author, and long time professional facilitator who works with organizations to help accelerate positive momentum and change.  You can find more about his work here. Also, we will soon be discussing Will Grant on the Movable Middle (on Pachamama Global Commons) in future sessions.
    • Going Forth (2:48) Katherine Wilkinson’s (VP of Communications and Engagement – Project Drawdown) closing thoughts from her Fall  2018 TED Talk for Women about Project Drawdown.

Handout(s)

    • Solutions Research #2.  For your solutions research, focus on one solution that really interests you and investigate how and where it is already in action in the world. Use this form as a guide. We recommend you start with the Drawdown website (www.drawdown.org), and then delve deeper by searching online to find information, people, organizations, and initiatives relevant to your solution. You may choose to work on this assignment with a partner or group.
    • Example Solutions Research from Week 1

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

    • Stand by Me (5:27).  Singers from around the world unite in showing us one way we can see ourselves as being connected as a human family.
    • Talking About Climate Change.  How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion — and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. 
    • Game Changing Movements: Climate Change.  From the eight week Game Changer Intensive offered by The Pachamama Alliance, here is the latest list of resources they offer to have participants learn more about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity.

 

Slides and Resources from Session 3 (DEVELOP) – June 28, 2020

Overview

    • Explore communicating about reversing global warming
    • Sharing about Solutions using the Four Levels of Action
    • Select one Solution to research identifying local engagement opportunities for next week

Slides

    • Session 3 Slides – DEVELOP.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our third session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

 

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Handout(s)

    • What Works in Communicating About Global Warming. This is a one page document focused on who to talk to and what we are up against when we talk about global warming.  In short: Aim for the Early Majority and the Late Majority. The first 16% are already there; the final 16% are deniers. The deniers are not going to change their minds; they’ve made it part of their identity.
    • Solutions Research for Session 3 (Develop).  There are two parts to this week’s Research: (1) Research opportunities to engage with a Solution in your community and (2) Develop an elevator talk about a Solution or about reversing global warming more generally.

 

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

Current: Slides and Resources from Session 4 (DIVE IN) – July 5, 2020

Overview

    • Share concrete opportunities to get involved with Solutions of interest
    • Choose one Solution to create an Action Plan around
    • Do an inventory process of your personal goals and resources
    • Individually or in groups be on track to develop and begin implementing an Action Plan

Slides/Presentation

    • Session 4 Slides – DIVE IN.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our fourth session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.
    • NOTE: We also recorded this session to capture all the awesome ideas from our participants!  You can find audio of this session here and the video here.

AV During Presentation

Handout(s)

    • Inventory of Goals and Resources Adapted from a Joanna Macy exercise from her book: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy.

      You can do this by yourself, or, ideally, have someone act as a “scribe” for you so you can let the ideas flow. The scribe will record your responses and reflect them back to you (and also act as a witness you in the process). Use more paper as needed. If you have no one whom you wish to invite into that role you can simply fill in the answers yourself. The scribe begins by reading aloud each question and recording your answers to each one.

    • Solutions Research #4 – Action Plan Worksheet. The goal at this point in the course is for each of us to discover and begin to get into action on our unique contribution to reversing global warming!

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

    • 100 People of Dance (3:47) An incredible video of adventure and collaborative dancing.  From the creator: “Filming this video was one of the craziest experiences I have ever had in my life. It took 2 months of filming and a month and a half was spent living out on the road driving all around the USA and Canada, I drove a little over 10,000 miles. This video was incredibly difficult to film and edit, so hopefully people find a little enjoyment out of this. Huge thanks to everyone that danced with me and helped film the video. Meet so many amazing people, got to see so many friends, it was an experience of a life time. “.  You can find this video on YouTube here.
    • More presentations and material from Will Grant who you may remember from the Four Levels of Action:
      • Will Grant on the Movable Middle (on Pachamama Global Commons)
      • Will’s Sythesis.Guide website on facilitation, training, organizational development, and instructional design.
      • Staying Centered in These Times.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Will Grant did this one hour seminar on staying centered and facilitated a great discussion on comfort zone, stretch and panic zones.  A great resource for anyone who is working to have difficult discussions.
    • Kate Raworth Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.  She is featured throughout the movie 2040. Here are some resources to her work:
    • 30 Days, 30 Ways.  Discover What You Can Do to Reverse Global Warming.  The Pachamama Alliance created a series of small steps each of us can take to build a portfolio of action for ourselves and to inspire others. 
    • Game Changing Movements: Climate Change From the eight week Game Changer Intensive offered by The Pachamama Alliance, here is the latest list of resources they offer to have participants learn more about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity.
    • On demand online courses:
      • Awakening the Dreamer.  This two-hour, self-guided online course is designed to awaken you to the challenges and opportunities of this critical moment in history, and inspire you into action. You can take the course in one sitting, or break up the experience into smaller units over a period of time.  If you are interested in some of the videos and presentation materials, you can find them here.
      • Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown In this 90-minute course, you’ll explore a new orientation to climate change as you dive into the 100 most substantive solutions for reversing global warming and begin to discover your unique role.
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All files and resources for the workshop are available to download here.