Author, entrepreneur and public intellectual Paul Hawken was last at Mountainfilm in 2007 to talk about his book Blessed Unrest, which examined the vast, global movement that inspires social and environmental change. That work informed his recent long-awaited effort: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Hawken edited the book, working with a wide array of experts to assemble a thoroughly researched compendium of potential solutions to this ultimate threat.
In an extension of the symposium, Hawkens presentation will posit that The New Normal can be a world where we come together to turn back what seems to be an inexorable rise in temperatures across the planet. Its not easy work, and Hawken recognizes that. Unquestionably, distress signals are flashing throughout nature and society, from drought, sea level rise and unrelenting increases in temperatures to expanded refugee crises, conflict and dislocation, he writes.
But Hawken is undaunted. We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion and genius.