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A radically new understanding of and practical approach to climate change by noted environmentalist Paul Hawken, creator of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown
Regeneration offers a visionary new approach to climate change, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, equity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world.
Regeneration describes how an inclusive movement can engage the majority of humanity to save the world from the threat of global warming, with climate solutions that directly serve our children, the poor, and the excluded. This means we must address current human needs, not future existential threats, real as they are, with initiatives that include but go well beyond solar, electric vehicles, and tree planting to include such solutions as the fifteen-minute city, bioregions, azolla fern, food localization, fire ecology, decommodification, forests as farms, and the number one solution for the world: electrifying everything.
Paul Hawken and the nonprofit Regeneration Organization are launching a series of initiatives to accompany the book, including a streaming video series, curriculum, podcasts, teaching videos, and climate action software. Regeneration is the inspiring and necessary guide to inform the rapidly spreading climate movement.
About the Author
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. He is the bestselling author of eight books that have been published in 30 languages in more than 50 countries and have sold more than 2 million copies, as well as dozens of articles, op-eds, and other papers concerning the environment, the ethical responsibility of business, and social justice. Hawken is a renowned lecturer who has keynoted conferences and led workshops on the impact of commerce upon the environment, and consulted with governments and corporations throughout the world.
"Regeneration covers an impressively broad range of topics from food safety to the war industry, electric vehicles to mangroves, which serves to demonstrate how all-encompassing the challenge is… those of us who feel the weight of the crisis will find the book both clarifying and helpful as is his final exhortation: ‘It’s not your job to save the planet.’ Rather, it is all of our jobs."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Regeneration is honest and informative, a rebuttal to doomsayers who believe it is too late."
"Regeneration is brilliant! Encouraging, inspiring, with the best science and a big heart. Wow! It is a direct practical path to save and transform the earth that we can actually do!"
—Jack Kornfield, PhD, Founder of Spirit Rock Center
“This may be the single most important book for the human future.”
"A robustly practical book. . . . Paul Hawken’s challenge to our conventional ways of thinking is subtle, but hugely effective. . . . There is no voice more important than Paul Hawken’s."
—Sir Jonathon Porritt
"Life-empowering! Paul Hawken has once again provided us timely and visionary leadership in this earth-saving compendium of insights from a team of experts sharing the transformations we are now carrying out as well as those we need to enact across a spectrum of human activities. Filled with hope, and agency, Regeneration is an inspiring and practical guide for a healthier world, uplifting our spirits and showing us exactly how together, we can do this!"
—Dan Siegel, M.D., New York Times bestselling author
"Paul Hawken has delivered a must-read manifesto on the climate crisis. Feel both the urgency and agency as he lays out with crisp photos and equally crisp prose, the task at hand. Now is our moment. Let's seize it."
—Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University
"Paul Hawken has done it again. With immense intellectual clarity and an abundance of simple, yet brilliant ideas, Regeneration shows us how to go beyond a net zero future by restoring the vital link between human and planetary health."
—Paul Polman, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, IMAGINE and former CEO, Unilever
"Regeneration is descriptive and prescriptive. It is a candid assessment and a clear and inspiring path forward, educating and inviting all of us to participate in this incredible opportunity for change."
—Robyn O'Brien, Food Activist & Author
"Regeneration means restoring our relationship to the planet by restoring our relationships with one another."
—Rachel Gutter Hodgdon, President and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute
"Regeneration means the innate process of nature which, when unimpeded, will beeget its own splendor."
—Jeff Krasno, author of Wanderlust
"Regeneration means the essential practice of restoring balance and health to humanity and the earth."
—Dr. Mark Hyman, physician and New York Times bestselling author
"Regeneration is not just putting carbon back into the soil, it is about putting reciprocity back in our relationship with life."
—Ryland Engelhart, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Kiss the Ground