THE FUSE IS LIT – will Project DRAWDOWN be sufficient?

The fuse has been lit,
the bomb has been readied –
but we still have time.

Time to do what?
Stopping the Bomb & Extinguishing the Fuse
they are only OBJECTIVES.

What must BE DONE to stop a bomb or extinguish a fuse?


Many decades ago I learned this distinction when writing and reviewing grant proposals. Some applications called for statements about both “objectives” and “operations” (strategies and procedures for achieving the objectives). Many applicants claimed that performing their operations, as proposed, was equivalent to achieving their objectives. Some granting agencies accepted this unconscious deception. The procedures may or may not yield the stated objectives, but not achieving objectives is also a valid scientific accomplishment – indeed, this is the most common result of scientific research. Accountants managing the grants appeared not able to comprehend this distinction.

Also important was specifically stating the Operational Measures to determine whether the objectives were achieved, or not. Again, that the operations were performed – with no reporting of results – was sometimes accepted as a successful project.


Most humans confuse “identifying a problem” with “proposing a solution”; a favorite among politicians, editorialists, and journalists.

Unfortunately, for many humans, hearing about an objective implies that a solution exists – and is known to the person stating the objective.

“Stopping Climate Change”
is another objective,
not an action or even a strategy.

Project Drawdown : The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming – is a very useful endevour. BUT, it is not a strategy of actions for addressing climate change. It is a very large list of viable objectives, if achieved, might collectively lead to the end of our Climate Change Threat.  It is also a powerful resource to inform others about the issues; which will contribute significantly to achieving the objective.

How to get persons and institutions to organize and work in collaboration so as to achieve these objectives is OUR primary challenge – in a highly dysfunctional mix of social/societal systems, often in denial of the need and many openly opposed to the proposed drawdowns.

The vast majority of the global human population is not yet competent to comprehend these objectives or have the skills to perform the requisite actions..

The fragmented communication/media systems existing today renders educating/organizing populations very difficult, if not impossible.

Even Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything  assertion that humankind needs to transcend Capitalism (to avert Climate Change Disasters) is only an objective, not a proposed action or strategy.

It is the confusion of well stated objectives with viable action strategies (based on realities) that blocks progress. Action strategies (of the needed Magnitude/Scope/Complexity) require a Sci/Tech of human systems that, as yet, doesn’t exist.  The Sci/Tech of material systems, used in the Drawdown projects, are much more advanced, and sufficient to achieve their objectives. It is the task of motivating/training/guiding/organizing humans and human systems to actually perform these projects (beyond demonstrations) that is our primary challenge.

Project Drawdown is call for a script or choreography for a drama/dance, that if performed, would assist humankind surviving/thriving the challenges of our Crisis-of-Crises. But, it is NOT THE SCRIPT OR CHOREOGRAPHY. Nor does it help us know how to interest and train humans to do what is needed.

Only a Project UPLIFT, to systemically bootstrap the learning/organizing (OLLO) of human populations to the requisite knowledge/competencies to actually make manifest the many sub-projects in Project DRAWDOWN, can we be assured of a better future.

I let you to consider whether the trending shifts in political/economic perspectives and polices (from Trump/GOP in the USA to crises everywhere) gives you any confidence that Project DRAWDOWN will “fly”.

Project DRAWDOWN is a truly masterful production by highly talented and committed persons. Unfortunately, it may actually make “dodging the bullet of climate change” MORE DIFFICULT.   It will attract persons to become involved in these (important) projects, making it more difficult attracting others to support OLLO projects for Project UPLIFT (UP2Met).

It may be that the architects of Project DRAWDOWN are well aware of these issues and have objectives and strategies to meet these needs. The production of the book and online system for Project DRAWDOWN would be an wise initial task for a more comprehensive project involving how to seaf (support, enable, augment, facilitate) humans to actually, successfully design and implement Project DRAWDOWN.  But, Project DRAWDOWN will not necessarily lead to Project UPLIFT (which has its own rationale and contexts).

Author: nuet

01/24/1935. BS-physics RPI 1956; MS-physics UofChicago 1958; PhD-physics Yale 1965; PhD-Edu Psy Uof MInnesota 1970. Auroral Research Byrd Station, Antarctica 11/1960-02/1962. MINNEMAST curriculum dev 1964-68. Woodstock. faculty Pima Community College, Tucson 1974-1997. Transdisciplinary scientist, philosopher, educator, futurist, activist. PC user since 1982. "Wife". daughter, 2 grandsons. 5 dogs & 7 cats. Lacks mental imagery in all sensory domains.