Paul Hawken Regeneration
We are pleased to announce Paul Hawken as our second Real Organic Book Club speaker. He will be discussing Regeneration, at 6 pm EDT on Thursday, May 5. Dave Chapman's letter this week talks about this book and some takeaways.
Paul Hawken has been a good friend to the Real Organic Project. Paul has a long history in the organic movement. As the founder of Erewhon Trading Company, he was a pioneer in making organic food available to thousands of people in the early days. He is better known now for his work on climate.
Paul's most recent book is called Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis In One Generation.
In one of my conversations with Paul, he talked about the process of writing Regeneration. After his earlier book, Drawdown, he laughingly shared that his partner said she was going to leave him unless his next book told her what she could do to reverse climate change.
This book is Paul’s answer to that question.
This book challenges our understanding of climate and change.
It MUST be a challenging book if we hope to use it as a vehicle for seeing the world with fresh eyes. As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created the problem.” So to solve OUR “problem” we must develop a new mind. This is not easy. Paul has accepted the challenge.
To judge if he has succeeded, you must pay the blood price of admission. Your:
What does it take to change our minds?
Paul has written a beautiful book. The pictures are truly gorgeous, and they are an important part of the book. My nephew said he would get the book on Audible, and I thought, “Well, maybe not.” This book begs to be seen. It would grace any coffee table or bookshelf.
But don’t be misled. As with medicine, it is only useful if actually taken.
Putting a bottle of pills on an alter will not heal us. We have to take the medicine for it to work. Leafing through this beautiful book will not help either. Together, we must read it, taste it deeply, consider it. And then act.
Regeneration might well have been called Transformation.
In the case of Regeneration, it must be read for the transformation to occur. In my case, this was a slow process. Sometimes I didn’t WANT to read a chapter. Sometimes a chapter was so engaging that it took hours to read a few pages, as I was constantly diverted by Googling people and events I knew nothing about. And taking notes. Lots of notes.
And most of all, it must be acted on.
Actions are imagined, suggested, invited. This book would work well with a group.
Regeneration weaves a tapestry, revealing new connections that were unsuspected. It shares a new way of seeing.
Suddenly the problems are different. Suddenly EVERYTHING is connected. He is not discarding science but is rather seeing our lives from a larger perspective, from the perspective of the whole.
I have wondered how to describe this book in this letter, but I cannot.
There are too many different perspectives, too many voices tied together. It would be like describing the taste of a banana to someone who hasn't tasted a banana. By the time I was done describing, I would have written another book. I considered just reprinting the entire chapter on Big Food. The chapter is so strong and clear. That is an area where I share a great interest with Paul, and he gives a stunning description of the complicated system that feeds us, and that feeds on us. Get the book and read it for yourself.
The best I can do is to encourage you to read Regeneration.
If you try, at the very least you will have a beautiful book for your coffee table. Or you might change your mind, or even the world.
We are pleased to announce Paul Hawken as our second Real Organic Book Club speaker.
He will be discussing Regeneration, at 6 pm EDT on Thursday, May 5.
The session is open to all members of the Real Friends. If you would like to join this engaging community of eaters and activists, farmers and authors, chefs and students, scientists and adventurers, please click here.