“Increasing girls’ education and increasing access to family planning rank six and seven, respectively, for the top 100 substantive ways for people, governments, and companies to reduce the pace of global warming over the next 30 years.” – Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

During April, PRB staff participated in the 21-day Drawdown EcoChallenge, focused on carbon reduction. Participants chose challenges identified on the EcoChallenge website (Small actions add up to real change!) and earned points for completing them, engaging in their communities, and sharing their story. The Northwest Earth Institute and Project Drawdown hosted the online program to encourage participants to think about and act on solutions to reverse global warming, as identified in Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. The book, edited by Paul Hawken, outlines maps, measures, models, and solutions to global warming that already exist. In 2017, PRB highlighted Drawdown’s findings on the links between family planning, climate change, and environmental resilience in our article, “Family Planning and Girls’ Education: Antidotes to Climate Change.”

This year, 29 PRB staff members participated in the EcoChallenge, earning a total of 7,135 team points (a rank of 33 out of 767 teams). Through our staff’s actions, these points translated into eight public officials contacted, 88 zero-waste meals consumed, 162 miles traveled by carpool, 644 gallons of water saved, 1,235 minutes spent learning, 1,824 pounds of carbon dioxide saved, and much more! Staff reflected on their experiences throughout the challenge and we’ve shared some of their thoughts below.

PRB’s participation in the Drawdown EcoChallenge connects with our People, Health, Planet (PHP) focus area. PHP recognizes that human health and planetary health are inextricably connected, meaning population size and age, fertility, mobility, settlement patterns, and resource availability and consumption all impact the environment. We are proud to be a leader in this field and continue investigating practical solutions for maintaining the health and well-being of both humans and the planet.