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On this #EarthDay I want to chat briefly about @ProjectDrawdown, which is a global research collective examining the best solutions available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.
Drawdown is a really critical framework for thinking about how our actions on the planet - from land management, to food systems, to energy systems, to systems of subjugation - alter the atmosphere and contribute to climate warming.
There is a great deal of focus on certain aspects of climate change. We focus on coal, fossil fuels, air travel, and energy efficiency. These are all important.
And yet, to these conversations on energy transitions often skip over a more fundamental framework which is key.
We live on a living planet. A planet full of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen. We ourselves are made of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen. We are a dependent and interconnected expression of life on the planet.
Humanity has changed every aspect of every part of the planet - from the top of the atmosphere to the deep sea - we are changing the physical, biological, ecological and chemical nature of the planet. These are systems we are *in relationship* with.
As a species, we have poured energy into dominating, extracting, organizing, colonizing, converting, and manipulating the life of this planet into products, commodities, resources, and economies. We have operated under an assumption that growth was limitless.
The crisis of climate change is also a crisis of our relationship with the world - a reckoning with the externalities of harm on this planet that we knowingly and unknowingly participate in - and a reordering of our interdependence of life, within life, within life.
The beauty of the @ProjectDrawdown framework is that it intends to wrestle and account for the totality of the system of harm in a robust, data-driven, and quantitative method, such that wetland soils, energy grids, and food wastes (for a few examples) are evaluated together.
And, so very importantly, the framework looks directly at the costs of systems of subjugation and violence. One of the most important costs is the loss of indigenous sovereignty to land - we can account for the harm of colonization.

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Another example is women's reproductive rights. When women do not have the ability to make their own choices about their reproductive lives - there is a cost which extends all the way to the atmosphere.

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Every single sector of our lives as human beings, from our homes, to our energy systems, to the food we eat, the way we steward wild lands, the way we care for soils: all of it is connected to the state and health of the planetary systems we rely on.
And fundamentally - our relationships with one another are also a part of this web of interconnection. Because when we hurt one another, we hurt the world. We must see into the harms of environmental racism, colonization, and unmitigated capitalistic growth.
So, I would love for the environmental movement to grapple with the intersections of injustice and harm that all contribute to degrading the health of our atmosphere and our planet. We must reveal these webs of interdependence, and center justice, love, and caring in our work.
What we need is a paradigm shift - from living *on* this planet to living *with* this planet. And *with* one another. Every act of decency, love, justice, and compassion is also a climate solution, because it contributes to making this planet more peaceful and interconnected.
So Happy #EarthDay everyone. May you thoughtfully and lovingly strive to recalibrate your relationship with this living planet, across all domains of your life, and pour decency and accountability into your relationship with other human beings. I am sending you all of my love.
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