PAUL HAWKEN at Town Hall
Co-presented with TOWN HALL SCIENCE.
For decades, one of our most prominent activist/entrepreneur/environmentalists, Paul Hawken has been writing and organizing. For the past decade, since his book on activist groups working on several fronts, Blessed Unrest, he has been collecting, editing, and organizing the worldview contained in a very timely, important new book he’s edited, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin).
“Drawdown” is the point at which greenhouse gases will peak and begin to decline, “the most important goal for humanity to undertake.” And one toward which—as Hawken and his contributors so assiduously record in this comprehensive and exacting compilation of vivid exposition and data—we are making progress. Hawken’s coalition of experts in fields as varied as biology and economics, geology and engineering, along with such writers as Elizabeth Kolbert, Bill McKibben, and Michael Pollan, take full measure of the 100 “most effective solutions” in a meticulous inventory of current global-warming-reversing practices that are “commonly available, economically viable and scientifically valid.” … The diverse discoveries and achievements, all lucidly explained, from modest domestic adaptations to infrastructure advances, forest restoration to wave and tidal energy, do attest, as Hawken observes, to the power of “our collective imagination, creativity, and conviction.” A rigorous and profoundly important resource.— Donna Seaman, Booklist.