Paul Hawken on Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Posted on Apr 16 by SEASONS Magazine

Paul Hawken, courtesy photo.

Paul Hawken, courtesy photo.

It’s white, but it’s not snow. It’s furry, but it’s not a dog. It likes to swim, run, eat seals for its meals, and it weighs about half a ton. You probably guessed it, it’s a polar bear! Most likely, you’ve seen these rare but beautiful animals carelessly meandering around their habitat at the zoo; but unfortunately, if climate changes persist as they are, it is expected that these white-coat fluff balls  will be extinct in less than 100 years.  It is issues such as these that motivate environmental entrepreneur and author, Paul Hawken, to not only propose ecological reforms, but provide realistic plans for improvement.

In honor of Earth Day, UCSB’S Campbell Hall welcomes the 50-year-long environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author, Paul Hawken, to discuss his most-recent publication, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.

I know what you’re thinking—it’s just another unrealistic climate-change plan, right? Wrong. Unlike many other climate-change-reversal plans, Hawken proposes a plan that already exists in the world in the form of humanity’s collective wisdom, technology and hands-on practices. The solutions are also economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, they can not only slow the earth’s warming and improve polar bears’ life-expectancy rates, but can also reach drawdown, the point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline.

Hawken’s latest work, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming maps, measures, models and clearly describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. But it doesn’t stop there. For each of the 100 solutions, the book describes its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works

His previous ground-breaking and best-selling books such as, The Next EconomyGrowing a BusinessThe Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest, have been college-favorites for consecutive years, and have been referred to heads of state including President Bill Clinton, who called one of Hawken’s works one of the most important books in the world at that time. Hawken has funded very successful ecologically conscious businesses, and is the executive director of Project Drawdown, an international coalition of researchers who offer a set of realistic solutions to climate change.

UCSB Arts & Lectures has chosen Drawdown as its Spring 2017 Book Selection, and welcomes Hawken to the stage of Campbell Hall on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. to discuss his world-changing masterpiece. Celebrating this event, the Lynda and Bruce Thematic Learning Initiative is offering a FREE copy of Drawdown to those who register online.

Earlier that day at 2 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park (1400 Santa Barbara St.),  the Community Environmental Council, proudly presents Hawken as the 2017 Environmental Hero Award recipient on the Main Stage as participants in the March for Science will gather at the end of their march.

To learn more about how you can celebrate Hawken’s success as an environmental pioneer or reserve your ticket, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/ 893-3535 or visit

—Danielle Hazlett


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