Paul Hawken, plenary speaker at the 2014 U.S. Green Building Council Greenbuild Convention in New Orleans, instilled hope for a positive future with a view that climate change, the defining issue of our century, is our generation’s opportunity.
Hawken’s writings have previously tackled corporate sustainability, unveiled the multitude of proactive global efforts toward sustainability, and now, he is writing a book to chronicle all current technologies, actions, and strategies that ‘draw down’, or reduce our collective carbon footprint, along with the calculations to show that we are currently capable of meeting the challenge of climate change, should we choose to embrace the opportunity.
“It is not game over. It is, in fact, game on. It marks the beginning of a new world, not the end.”
“Climate change is begging you to dream, not hide. It’s time to come together and collaborate.”
“When it comes to laws of physics and laws of Congress, the laws of physics prevail.”
Drawdown is the first book that describes the full gamut of substantive solutions, both technological and social. Along with familiar renewable energy solutions like solar and wind, it documents solutions that are unknown or less frequently talked about, such as conductive cooling, girls’ education and clean cook stoves, illustrating how these factors offer climate change opportunities. The documented research reveals some surprising land use, reproductive rights and sharing economy solutions that all have the potential to make big impacts in reducing our carbon footprint, reversing, not just stabilizing climate change.
“This is a path to opportunity and wellbeing, as opposed to a tax or a loss.”