Why Regenomics Downunder?
RE - because the best solutions are REgional
GEN - because the best solutions reGENerate (not just reduce harm)
OMICS - because the best solutions create better economies (especially regional)
Down Under - because our focus is our region - Australia and New Zealand - with stories from across the Pacific, through the “global south” and around the world.
We have the solutions - and they're spreading
This episode explores what the human race already knows about how to reverse global warming – starting with the commercial, scaling solutions modelled and ranked by the independent not-for-profit Project Drawdown in 2017 (and updated in 2020)
Project Drawdown’s findings include:
The list of 80 commercial, quantified Drawdown solutions can a bit overwhelming, and each one only gets 2 pages of explanation.
So in this episode we dive in to a couple and see how they’re happening in Australia, with examples from two past Climactic episodes.
Forest regeneration ranked #5 and #12 on the original Drawdown top 80. And here’s an example of what a small group of concerned Australian researchers created, told by Jess Panegyres from The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
Insulation ranked #21 on the original Drawdown list. We explore the action that one Perth insulation installer began back while Drawdown was still doing their modelling.
Drawdown only modelled solutions where they could find a robust, peer-reviewed data sets – so there are many, many more powerful, existing solutions that aren’t that well-measured yet – from vortex water processing to cellulose-based building materials.
So it’s more useful to think of Drawdown as a guide book of highlights rather than a definitive encyclopedia.
We live in a world where most of the mainstream media coverage on climate action is focused on either:
That’s barely beginning of the story. Those two themes like the pastry layers on a vanilla slice – necessary, but not the main event. There’s actually a wealth of accessible action when you get out and start looking for problems that need solving and the opportunities they create.
Solving the challenges we face has created a quiet design revolution – the development of systems and processes that regenerate communities and ecosystems. It’s a whole lot easier to see the best, multi-benefit solutions when you understand the straightforward principles regenerative design.
Re-gen-omics Down Under explores the solutions happening and the thinking behind them – so if you’re interested in solutions, learn to find your action opportunities and listen to your gut.
Paul Hawken, founder of Project Drawdown, speaking on Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOTLtrt6OIE
Key pages from Project Drawdown's website (where their open-source finding are published):
The Climactic Live episode BZE - Fight for Planet A Panel for the forest regeneration story https://www.climactic.fm/show/climactic/climactic-live-bze-fight-for-planet-a-panel/
The full Clean State podcast on The Insulation Revolution with Stephen King https://www.climactic.fm/show/clean-state/the-insulation-revolution-the-simple-social-enterprise-model-inspiring-a-state-with-stephen-king/
Original music and audio editing by Ian Hopkinson, Human Hacker and serial digital entrepreneur.