On November 20, 2013, Paul Hawken spoke at the University of Alberta, presenting his lecture, "Reimagination of Carbon: Exploring new ways of addressing climate change."
Carbon is the currency of life on earth – a molecule that weaves a net connecting us to the countless forms of life that currently and historically existed on this planet. It is the building block of all living things. As the basis of our emotional and physical connection as a civilization to our environment – carbon holds answers to all our climate change-driven dreams (and nightmares).
In this session Paul Hawken invites you to look at new ways of addressing climate change socially, emotionally, and practically. This reimagination will take you to critically important worlds -- natural and invented-- that are rarely seen and wholly enchanting.
Admission was free with a donation directed towards the University of Alberta’s Campus Food Bank and Green Grants program. Together, the audience of 300 raised over $1,200 and over 65 kg in non-perishable food donations.
About Paul Hawken
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 and L. Hunter 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 Paul hosted and produced. His latest and best-known book is Blessed Unrest, a culmination of Paul's many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice movements.
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 WiserEarth, a research organization whose main project is the creation of the first open source platform for global social change, Wiser.org.
Interactive Workshop with Paul Hawken: A discussion on energy and climate change.
Alberta Climate Dialogue hosted a workshop in the morning, giving participants the opportunity to interact with Paul Hawken in a more intimate setting. He shared his perspective on how current sustainability behaviors and plans measure up to the challenge posed by climate change, and how citizen involvement and collaboration might help us to meet this challenge. Participants then joined in small group discussions to explore their own answers to these questions.
Alberta Climate Dialogue: A community-university partnership, ABCD believes that well-designed citizen deliberations can shift the politics of climate change in Alberta, across Canada, and internationally. Their research and action test theories, work to understand how to design citizen deliberation for maximum effect, and create tools to allow others to take these steps.
City of Edmonton: The Urban Planning and Environment Branch works with City Council in developing the growth and environmental vision for the City of Edmonton. These strategic policy frameworks will influence the way Edmonton looks, feels, operates and interacts within its city-centred region 30 years from now and beyond.
University of Alberta's Office of Sustainability: Founded in 2009, the Office of Sustainability informs and inspires UAlberta students, staff and faculty to adopt sustainable practices. The Sustainability Speakers 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 about campus sustainability.