Paul Hawken




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Many people feel powerless when it comes to global warming and the climate crisis. The common misconception is that we are facing a disaster so large, so catastrophic, and with consequences that will be seen so far in the future, that whether sooner or later, it will be someone else who has to deal with it. In Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, Paul Hawken suggests quite the opposite, describing a series of practices that we can all adopt as part of our daily routine in order to take concrete action, and together, help stem the climate crisis. No one is coming to save us, so we all have to do what we can to save ourselves.

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Analysis and key concepts


Each and every one of us has the power to end global warming


Regeneration: making life the focus of our actions


Regeneration is based on six basic principles


Replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources is the first step to reducing carbon dioxide emissions


Creating cities that can support our lifestyles is another important step towards energy sustainability


Regeneration also requires a total rethink of the agri-food industry, increasing the variety of food we eat, and eliminating all waste


We can only contain the climate crisis by investing in poverty alleviation and girls’ education


We can also act on the finance and the clothing industries, in order to counter climate change


Marine Protected Areas and sea-forestation are other tools we can use to safeguard the oceans, and increase their capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere


It is also important to restore degraded land, particularly forests, grasslands and wetlands, and to safeguard wilderness




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Many useful tips to:

  • Discover the causes of the current climate crisis.
  • Learn about regeneration.
  • Take everyday actions, which can help end the climate crisis.

Paul Hawken was born in California in 1946, and is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and author. He is one of the leading voices in the environmental movement, and his work focuses on the relationship between ecology and business. Throughout his career, he has founded environmentally conscious companies, as well as Project Drawdown, a non-profit organisation that conducts research on global warming. Hawken has served on the boards of several major environmental organisations, including The Point Foundation and The Center for Plant Conservation. He has written eight books and numerous articles, and has appeared on some of America’s most popular TV programmes, including The Today Show and Talk of the Nation.

Publishing house:

Penguin Books






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