New York Reads: Drawdown – Discussions and Speakers

Posted On 15 Mar 2019
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New Yorkers across the State are reading and discussing:

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken.

Drawdown ranks research-based solutions to climate change based on the amount of greenhouse gases they can potentially avoid or remove from the atmosphere.

All are welcome to join weekly group discussions on many of the solutions presented in Drawdown.

Discussions will be held throughout April and May on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. with facilitator Margaret Perkins, PhD and Steering Committee Member for (Scroll down for schedule.)

On other select weekday evenings, experts will present programs and issues related to the weekly discussion topics.​ (Speakers and dates are listed here on the right.)


Discussion participants will be invited to join the Drawdown EcoChallenge-Mamakating Library Team. The EcoChallenge is a friendly competition among teams across the country during the month of April, in which points are earned via an online platform. Over eighty actions within seven challenge categories may be selected. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Local incentives are available, as well. For each discussion attended, participants will earn a chance to enter a drawing for climate-friendly prizes, such as topical books and DVDs, LED light bulbs, and organic products.

Climate Solutions Speaker Series

All speaker programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17: Sean Welsh, Cornell Cooperative Extension Energy Advisor—Energy Saving Options for Your Home or Business

Thursday, April 25: Nathan Ermer, NYS DEC Biologist—Wetland and Forest Management

Thursday, May 2: Heather Brown, Sullivan County Office of Sustainable Energy Director—Renewable Energy in New York State

Wednesday, May 8: Kerron Barnes, Town of Mamakating Interagency Coordinator—Mamakating’s Walkable Community Projects

Thursday, May 16: Bill Cutler, Sullivan County Recycling Coordinator—Recycling and Composting

Register now

Reserve a copy of Drawdown and sign up for the discussion series and free speaker events by calling the Mamakating Library at (845) 888-8004.  Drawdown is available to borrow in print and, for the month of March only, as a no-wait-time ebook.

Discussion Schedule and Topics

All discussions begin at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5: Introduction to Drawdown and the Drawdown EcoChallenge

Friday, April 12: Food (Solutions #3 Reduced food waste and #4 Plant rich diet)

Friday, April 19: Your Home (Solutions #31 Insulation, #42 Heat pumps, and #57 Smart thermostats)

Friday, April 26: Land Use (#12 Temperate forests, #38 Forest protection, #132 Afforestation, #52 Coastal wetlands -and inland wetlands-)

Friday, May 3: Energy (#2 Onshore wind turbines #8 Solar farms, #10 Rooftop solar, #48 In-stream hydro, #77 Energy storage, #80 Retrofitting)

Friday, May 10: Transportation (#26 Electric vehicles, #37 Mass transit, #54 Walkable cities, #59 Bike infrastructure, #75 Ridesharing)

Friday, May 17: Recycling (#1 Refrigerator management, #55 Household recycling, #60 Composting)

The (#)numbers refer to the ranking of the solution by its emissions-reduction potential as presented in Drawdown.