Saturday, October 2, 2021

Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and activist shares details on his latest book, REGENERATION: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. Hawken is the New York Times bestselling creator of Drawdown and one of the environmental movement’s leading voices shares a practical approach to climate change

 



"We and all living beings thrive by being actors in the planet’s regeneration, a civilizational goal that should commence and never cease. We practiced degeneration as a species and it brought us to the threshold of an unimaginable crisis. To reverse global warming, we need to reverse global degeneration." - Paul Hawken

 


The dangers of a warming world have been in the public eye for at least the last fifty years, and yet it wasn’t until 2016 that 191 countries came together to sign the Paris Agreement, committing to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees centigrade. Only two countries have targets consistent with that goal, and G7 countries do not even come close. 

The most asked questions by people are: 
What can I do? Where do I start? And how can I make a difference? 
When people see what climate change is doing to the earth, they can feel overwhelmed, anxious, confused, or very small—“I am just one person.”

Enter environmentalist, entrepreneur, and activist Paul Hawken. A leading voice in the climate movement, Hawken has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and to changing the relationship between business, society, and the environment. His eight books include the 2017 New York Times bestseller Drawdown, which Outside Magazine called “a bold plan to beat back climate change.” This fall, Hawken returns with REGENERATION: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. Launched in conjunction with his Regeneration organization, REGENERATION weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, equity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world—an inclusive and multifaceted undertaking that aims to end the climate crisis in one generation. As Jane Goodall writes in her foreword, “REGENERATION is a rebuttal to doomsayers who believe it is too late.”


Paul Hawken shares six basic frameworks to solve the climate crisis:

1. Equity: Transforming the climate crisis means mending the vital relationships and understandings between people, reconnecting humanity and nature, and restoring nature itself.

2. Reduce: The best method of ending global greenhouse gas emissions is simple: don’t put them into the atmosphere. It is also the most difficult, while being the greatest economic opportunity in history. Hawken predicts the end of fossil fuels by 2040 and the advent of totally electrified world by 2050.

3. Protect: The world’s terrestrial ecosystems contain four times more carbon than the atmosphere. If we lose just 6 percent of our grasslands, forests, mangroves, seagrasses and wetlands, we will see a 100 ppm increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Protecting wildlife corridors, bioregions, biomes, and all the forms of life within them are crucial to stopping the climate crisis.

4. Sequester: This means bringing carbon back home. It is the nutrient required by life to regenerate the earth. The primary way to sequester carbon is through regenerative agriculture, grazing ecology, proforestation, afforestation, degraded land restoration, and protecting existing ecosystems.

5. Influence: Laws, bureaucratic regulations, perverse subsidies, bygone policies, and outmoded building codes often obstruct climate initiatives. Making our voices heard requires letters, emails, protests, boycotts, and lobbying legislators, companies, city council members, and corporate CEOs.

6. Support: organizations, ideas, groups, videos, books, and people who are implementing regeneration worldwide.

Hawken explains how REGENERATION creates abundance, not scarcity. It expands what is possible. It is about the optimism of action instead of the pessimism of thought. REGENERATION is an inspiring and necessary guide to today’s climate movement that will enable readers to understand its many facets—and more importantly, to act.

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“Regeneration is not just about bringing the earth back to life. It is, but it's also about bringing ourselves back to life. It’s about bringing meaning to our lives.” ~ Paul Hawken
About the Author:

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. He is the bestselling author of eight books that have been published in 30 languages in more than 50 countries and have sold more than 2 million copies, as well as dozens of articles, op-eds, and other papers concerning the environment, the ethical responsibility of business, and social justice. Hawken is a renowned lecturer who has keynoted conferences and led workshops on the impact of commerce upon the environment, and consulted with governments and corporations throughout the world.

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