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Global Warming Solutions from Paul Hawkens

Sunday, July 22, 2018

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, Paul Hawken’s solution-focused book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is a ray of welcome sunshine, as is his delightful and easily understood talk above, given at a Seattle town hall meeting in 2017.

Obviously, US EPA suppression of scientific information around climate change and global warming has changed since he gave this lecture last year. 

Paul's latest book features an international coalition of researchers, professionals and scientists who offer a set of bold, but conservative solutions to climate change. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries about land use practices that pull carbon out of the airnot just to slow the earth's warmingbut to reach drawdown: the point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will peak and begin to decline. 

This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook

Peter Kareiva, PhD, Director of the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, UCLA.

I have been a major fan of Paul Hawken's faith in humanity's collective wisdom since I met him years ago when I, too, lived and worked in Sausalito.

What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to our world.

Paul Hawken

Hawken is a well-published author, entrepreneur and environmentalist, with articles in the Harvard Business ReviewChristian Science MonitorMother JonesUtne ReaderOrion and other leading publications.

His previous NYT best-selling books include: The Next EconomyGrowing a BusinessThe Ecology of Commerce,Blessed Unrest,  and Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. These books have been published in more than 50 countries in 27 languages. Growing a Business was the basis of a 17-part PBS series that Paul hosted and produced.

He was also the cofounder of my favorite mood-lifting Mill Valley garden store, Smith & Hawken, and their beautifully designed catalogue. Smith & Hawken became the gold standard for socially responsible investors in the retail and catalogue sector. After being sold and resold to major corporations that changed the original organics and lost market share, it is now solely owned by Target.

The talk above is more than an hour long, and we sincerely hope our Sunday morning audience will find some time to watch, listen and then share, since the science-based information presented should appeal to most of our weekly readers, their friends and families.

Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music and humanities add significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole.

Happy Sunday!

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and David Amess 

Major kudos to UCLA  for becoming the leading university in the world for climate studies that link law, policy, public health, biology, economics, physics, big data, chemistry and the humanities. 

Individuals can become difference makers with impact, by becoming active participants in the science-supported drawdown movement, which is proving to be effective because in a world where apathy rules, 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  ―Margaret Mead