On October 5, the Garrison Institute Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health hosted a conversation between renowned author Paul Hawken, Garrison Institute cofounder Jonathan F.P. Rose, and a panel of select regenerators who exemplify the actions necessary for our time, as outlined in Paul’s new book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation.
Paul Hawken writes, “Regeneration means putting life at the center of every action and decision. It applies to all of creation – grasslands, farms, people, forests, fish, wetlands, coastlands, and oceans. It applies equally to families, communities, cities, schools, cultures, commerce and governments.
Regeneration is not only about bringing the world back to life, it is about bringing each of us back to life…
And everyone can do it.”
Regenerators Mimi Casteel, John Elkington, Clover Hogan, and Lyla June spoke to their work and engaged with the question of applied ethics as we align our actions to the call of planetary health. As Clover Hogan and Mimi Casteel said, “While we may not be able to fix climate change overnight, what we can change is our mindset.”
We invite you to revisit the dialogue.
This interactive online event is part of a continuing series in the Garrison Institute’s Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health (PPH). Building on the Garrison Institute’s earlier Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program, Pathways to Planetary Health explores the moral, ethical, and human behavioral dimensions of the search for regenerative solutions, including Half-Earth, Ecological Civilization, Regenerative Economics, and Societal Altruism.
Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Talk of the Nation, Bill Maher, CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose, and others, and his work has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Forbes, and Business Week. He has written eight books including five national and NYT bestsellers: Growing a Business, The Next Economy, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown. He is published in 30 languages and his books are available in over 90 countries. His book, Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming debuted April 18, 2017 as a NYT bestseller and is currently in seventeen other languages.
He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which worked with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming. He is the founder of Regeneration.org and completed his latest work, Regeneration, Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, published by Penguin RandomHouse, September 14th in the US and UK.
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.
Mimi Casteel is the daughter of Ted Casteel and Pat Dudley, co-founders of Bethel Heights Vineyard. Growing up working in the vineyard and winery, Mimi gained such an appreciation for the industry that she promptly left home after high school. Armed with a BA in History and Classics from Tulane University, Mimi spent the next year working in various National Forests across the west. Her adventures fueled her passion for studying botany, forestry, and ecology. Mimi earned her MS from Oregon State University in Forest Science, and spent the next several years working as a botanist and ecologist for the Forest Service, living in the backcountry. She could never get past the longing for the vineyard, and working with the vines. Mimi returned to Bethel Heights in 2005, along with her cousin and childhood best friend Ben to take the helm as second generation winegrowers and owners. In 2015 Mimi left Bethel Heights to focus on her wine, her farm and vineyard, Hope Well, and also works with the amazing team at Lingua Franca on their vineyards and farm.
John Elkington Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to boards and advisory boards. John tackles some of the world’s most challenging problems, helping key actors move from the responsibility agenda through resilience to regeneration. He has inspired a number of Volans’ inquiries, including Project Breakthrough, Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry and the Green Swans Observatory. He has worked with an A-to-Z of businesses worldwide, now helping the Volans team guide multinational companies to transform towards a regenerative future. In 2021, John won the World Sustainability Award. www.volans.com
Clover Hogan is a climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the Founder and Executive Director of Force of Nature: a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Clover has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, and consulted within the boardrooms of Fortune 50 companies. She launched the Force of Nature podcast, serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory boards of the National Community Lottery’s Climate Action Fund; and the Teach the Future campaign. Clover has taken the stage with corporate giants including the CEOs of P&G, Twitter and YouTube; alongside global change-makers such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Vandana Shiva; and interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama. Her recent TED talk, “What to do when climate change feels unstoppable,” has reached 1m+ views.
Lyla June is a poet, singer-songwriter, hip-hop artist, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance and speech style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices. She blends her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University, her graduate work in Native American Pedagogy at the University of New Mexico, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her internationally acclaimed performances and speeches are conveyed through the medium of prayer, hip-hop, poetry, acoustic music and speech. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper.