The Delaware River Valley Community participated in the recent Drawdown EcoChallenge and enjoyed the experience immensely. We learned a great deal about many of the solutions documented by Paul Hawken and the Drawdown team and had a chance to put many of the individual actions into practice day by day. Our team of 22 finished in the top 5% of over 700 teams from across the nation and the world. We ended in first place among the teams in the Delaware River Valley, including NY, NJ, PA and MD.
The partnership between the Northwest Earth Institute and Project Drawdown generated significant results from the over 7,200 people who participated. Check out these results: over 21,000 meatless or vegan meals were consumed, over 183,000 minutes were spent learning about the Drawdown solutions, over 152,000 pounds of CO2 were prevented from entering the atmosphere, and over 530 donations were made to environmentally friendly organizations, just to name a few. More details are available at drawdown.ecochallenge.org.
Among the areas I had a chance to explore were micro-grids, afforestation, initiatives for educating girls and women, food waste reduction efforts, and a circular economy.
I highly recommend this activity when it is offered again some time in the future. I am grateful to June Hament, Ruth Darlington, Ann Kelly, Sandy Freid, Sue Smith, Tim and Sarah Deppa, Josh Wolf and many others who participated with our team.