Paul Hawken’s new book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, offers up a broad vision and strategy for the global Regeneration Movement along the lines of what we and our fellow Regeneration International founder Vandana Shiva has always said: “Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.”
As Kirkus Reviews describes Hawken’s new book:
“Along with a host of researchers, scholars, and other contributors, Hawken assesses our ‘dying planet’—a phrase that may have sounded inflated or over the top not long ago.
In order to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change, we must figure out ways to contain carbon and reduce the surface temperature of a rapidly overheating globe. It also requires rethinking how we make our livings in an extractive economy governed by short-term thinking. ‘Regeneration,’ as Hawken conceives it, is a project that restores every corner of the world to health. The process involves replanting overlogged forests, cleaning up the oceans, bringing sustainable power to consumers, and inculcating a new attitude of respect for all forms of life on the planet, among other goals. Hawken and a phalanx of contributors—including novelists Richard Powers and Jonathan Safran Foer and ecologists Carl Safina and Isabella Tree—examine carefully pinpointed strategies. One is to develop marine preserves around the world that are ‘absolute no-take zones,’ forbidding fishing in large swaths of what is essentially a ‘lawless commons.’ These marine preserves and other areas would be subject to ‘marine reforestation,’ building kelp forests that have been depleted by chemical pollution and shifting oceanic currents. Another is to build sustainable food chains…”