Homer Drawdown: Peatland Project is a community-wide collaboration to protect and restore peatlands. Peatlands are special wetlands that store a lot of carbon and play critical roles in our local ecosystems, cultures and economies. They also mitigate the threats of climate change by recharging our aquifers and reducing wildfires. We aim to illuminate the interconnectedness of peatlands to people and the climate, while honoring indigenous stewardship of the Kenai landscape by the Dena’ina and Sugpiaq cultures.
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Using the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, we identified meaningful and well researched solutions that don’t just stabilize levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, but that actually draw emissions back down to sustainable levels.
The Drawdown series is centered in the belief that community led, middle-out solutions, are the most influential solutions we can enact. After nine months of brainstorming and researching local projects, the Homer Drawdown community democratically chose one achievable solution to put our collective energy towards over the next year: Community Education, Conservation and Restoration of Peatlands.