Alberta Climate Dialogue is co-sponsoring a visit to Edmonton by Paul Hawken (in partnership with City of Edmonton and the UAlberta Office of Sustainability). Hawken is the author of Blessed Unrest and many other environmental works; his focus as an author and activist is now squarely on carbon and climate issues.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (MST)
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.
The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools.Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series on socially responsive companies, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced.
Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry. Paul also founded the Natural Capital Institute, a research organization whose main project is the creation of the first open source platform for global social change, WiserEarth.
The Sustainability Speaker Series gives people the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, promote understanding about the diversity of topics involved in sustainability and expand the dialogue on campus sustainability. For more information, see sustainability.ualberta.ca/speaker.
The registration link — and further info about Hawken — are at https://yegpaulhawkenworkshop.eventbrite.ca/
In the workshop we will invite Hawken to reflect on three questions, after which there’ll be small group discussion of the questions, then a plenary session. The questions:
- What kinds of actions on climate change are minimally adequate (for individuals, for institutions like universities, and for governments) if our aim is to help to avert severe climate impacts?
- If there is a gap between that minimally adequate level of action and how we’re currently defining ‘sustainability’, how do we explain our acceptance of that gap?
- What forms of citizen involvement and collaborative action can help us to lessen this gap, and make real change, on a timeline that is adequate to the scale of the problem we face?