We Can Solve Climate Change Now: Paul Hawken & IN-Q LIVE

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“There’s no difference between a climate denier and somebody who’s literate in climate change and doesn’t do anything.”

Paul Hawken


I’m ecstatic to share my first live podcast event, recorded at the Los Angeles Wilshire Ebell Theatre on September 27, 2019.

For all of us, this podcast is an abstraction. The motivation behind the event was to create a tactile, analog experience for 1,100 people to gather around shared purpose and passion. An opportunity to cultivate community. Raise consciousness. Elevate intimacy. Deepen personal connectivity around our collective humanity — and the important ideas of our time.

An unforgettable lifetime moment, the resulting impact exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m still basing in the glow. And deeply grateful for an experience that left me feeling more intimately connected with all of you — and optimistic about the future of our planet.

The program opens with the poetic spoken word genius of my friend and two-time podcast guest IN-Q (check out RRP 81 & RRP 118).

Named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, IN-Q is a National Poetry Slam Champion, multi-platinum songwriter, and world-renowned keynote speaker. His groundbreaking performances include selling out one of the largest one-man poetry shows in US history, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil, and being featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and A&E’s Look Closer campaign, which debuted during the Emmys. He has been featured in major media ranging from Forbes to AdWeek and several of his recent videos have gone viral with over 60 million combined views.

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I then take the stage to share some thoughts, including a powerful listener e-mail, before settling into a fascinating conversation with Paul Hawken — one of the world’s pre-eminent authorities on global climate change and a man who has indelibly shaped my personal perspective on ecological responsibility.

A pioneering environmentalist, activist, entrepreneur, architect of corporate reform, and multiple New York Times bestselling author, Paul has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His work includes founding successful ecologically conscious businesses (including the natural foods market Erewhon), writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology and environmental policy. In addition to penning countless op-eds and peer reviewed articles, Paul has written 8 books, including Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Paul is also the Founder and Founding Executive Director of Project Drawdown, an extraordinary non-profit dedicated to researching and implementing solutions for reversing global warming

Paul has lectured everywhere, including Harvard, Stanford and Wharton. He has given commencement addresses at Yale and Berkeley. He has appeared on Bill Maher, Charlie Rose, Larry King and countless other media outlets. And his new book, Regeneration: Ending The Climate Crisis In One Generation, hits bookstores in 2020.

This is about poetry, recovery, and personal growth.

It’s about environmental activism. Hope. And the personal responsibility we share to live in the solution to the immense problems our world currently faces.

But most of all, it’s about community. Connection. And the power of the collective to unite around the important ideas of our time — so together we can drive a better future for all.

Note: We professionally filmed the entire experience, so if you typically digest the show in audio-only format, I highly suggest watching this episode on YouTube — the production value is off the hook gorgeous, significantly elevating the experience beyond the earbuds. Nonetheless, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Both Paul and IN-Q are among my very favorite people. Combined they are even more extraordinary. It was a true honor and privilege to host this experience. I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I and the live audience did.

Peace + Plants,

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, interstitial music and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics.  Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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