13 February 2018
“Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere that is leading to the transformation of civilization on every level,” Paul Hawken says.
Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere that is leading to the transformation of civilization on every level, Paul Hawken says.

Bank Australia is a co-sponsor of the Paul Hawken lecture at GCI on 15 Feb

* See photos of Paul Hawken's visit to the UQ Global Change Institute on 15 Feb here.

As part of his three-week Drawdown speaking tour, leading environmentalist, entrepreneur and activist, Paul Hawken is in Australia to share the research and findings of Project Drawdown, a science-based assessment of climate solutions created by a coalition of more than 200 experts from around the world.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to reversing global warming.

This has never been done before.

According to Paul Hawken, global warming was not a curse but a blessing.

“That may sound outrageous but think about it. Any organised system that ignores feedback, whether it be a human being or a company, perishes,” Hawken said.

“Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere that is leading to the transformation of civilization on every level.”

GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said although we hear about the problems we face from climate change almost every day, Paul Hawken had turned this on its head and had focused on the solutions – which are real, tangible and beacons of hope for the future.

“The attitude Paul brings to the problem is really important,” Professor Hoegh-Guldberg said.

“While we cannot pretend that climate change isn’t a problem, we can beat it if we try.  Paul tells us how,” he said.

Paul Hawken noted that many of these solutions had to do with the choices we made in everyday life.

“Ultimately, it is up to you, me and our communities to fight back against this gigantic challenge. And we will win because we must,” Paul Hawken said.

1.	In April 2017, Drawdown hit the New York Times bestseller list the week it was published

“The solutions modelled in Drawdown are already here, well understood, scientifically studied, and are scaling around the world.

“For each solution, the book describes its history, impact on greenhouse gases, relevant cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works.

“The models scale the solutions in a rigorous way, for the next 30 years, to determine whether it is possible to achieve drawdown – that point in time when greenhouse gases peak and go down on a year-to-year basis.”

As founder and executive director of the not-for-profit organisation Project Drawdown, Paul Hawken edited and wrote the book in collaboration with the project’s research team.

“Diagnosis is not prognosis,” Paul Hawken said.

“The science of climate change organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has identified the biggest challenge human civilization has ever faced.

“Describing the problem repeatedly does not solve the problem. Once you understand the dilemma, you move to solutions. There is no time to waste. People want to know what to do and that is why Drawdown is successful.”


Paul Hawken will be visiting Australia from 9 – 27 February 2018 (Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Hobart). See public events here* Bank Australia is a co-sponsor of the Paul Hawken lecture at GCI on 15 Feb 2018

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Diane Falzon,  email: pr@dianefalzon.com  M: 0430 596 699

Alexandra de Blas, email: alexandra@deblas.com.au  M: 0414 509 404

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