As we head into our final week of Drawdown EcoChallenge, we’re celebrating our collective impact to date. With over 6,400 participants and 700 teams, we’ve already made 255 donations to causes supporting climate action, diverted over 72,000 pounds of CO2, and spent over 80,000 minutes learning about climate solutions.
We’ve contacted elected officials over 600 times, advocating for the changes we wish to see. We’ve also eaten over 11,000 meatless or vegan meals, saved over 50,000 gallons of water, and travelled over 26,400 miles by carpool, bike or bus. To check out our impact so far, click here.
One of our favorite aspects of the EcoChallenge is that people from all walks of life come together to take action. In our top ten teams, two highschools continue to make big impact with North Carolina’s Asheville Highschool in the lead and Lincoln Highschool in Portland, Oregon not far behind in 4th place. The top teams also include Taiwan Sugar Corporation, Comerica Bank, Organic Valley, Mayo Clinic and Salesforce. In 7th place is Built Ecology and Friends, an initiative within WSP USA that promotes sustainability, health, resiliency, and equity in the built environment. “We care about real people working on real projects to create real sustainability. We’re excited to challenge ourselves for this EcoChallenge and share what we learn along the way,” shared team captain Narada Golden.
Jan Chang, team captain of Taiwan Sugar Corporations’s team (Taisugar Circular Economy) shared, “Actions speak louder than words. I believe this is the spirit of the Drawdown Ecochallenge.” They are competing against the Project Drawdown Community Team, led by team captain Jeff Gilliland. “My mission is to seek new ways to reduce my daily carbon footprint, and to encourage and empower to strive for drawdown every day. We can reverse global warming in our lifetimes,” shared Jeff. “My vision of a sustainable community is one in which homes and vehicles are powered by renewable sources, food is grown locally and regeneratively, and the community members hold each other (and themselves) accountable for their carbon footprints. For that vision to become a reality, we need to change our habits and priorities – one step at a time.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thanks to all the Drawdown EcoChallengers for each action you are taking this month and beyond!