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NI National Conference: Paul Hawken

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, activist, entrepreneur and author. He co-founded and is the executive director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit focused on when and how climate change can be reversed. Drawdown is defined as the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Project Drawdown’s major contribution to the fight against climate change is a list of the “100 most substantive solutions to global warming,” created by hundreds of professionals from a myriad of fields including climate scientists, policymakers, scholars, business leaders and activists. The list is comprised of only technologically feasible solutions and each solution is accompanied by the path to implement it, how it works, the carbon impact and the relative cost and savings.

 

Hawken, contributor in the best-selling book, "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming," believes that the solutions proposed in the book can lead to a substantial rollback of climate change in just thirty years. Hawken is positive that humanity has the means to execute the solutions and reverse climate change, which he says is the most important goal for humanity to undertake. 

 

In addition to Project Drawdown, Hawken has started multiple ecologically conscious businesses, including OneSun, a low cost solar energy company, and Erewhon Trading Company, one of the first U.S.-based companies to rely only on sustainable agriculture. He now consults for heads of state and CEOs on economic development and environmental sustainability.

 

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