Regeneration Ending the climate crisis in one generation

Paul Hawken

Book - 2021

"Regeneration is a response to the urgency of the climate crisis, a what-to-do manual for all levels of society, from individuals to national governments and everything and everyone in between. This four-color illustrated work describes a system of interlocking initiatives that aim to stem the climate crisis in one generation"--

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[New York] ; [Great Britain] : Penguin Books [2021]
Main Author
Paul Hawken (author)
Physical Description
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
  • Foreword: Jane Goodall
  • Regeneration
  • Agency
  • How to Use This Book
  • Reader's Reference Guide
  • Oceans
  • Introduction
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Seaforestation
  • Mangroves
  • Tidal Salt Marshes
  • Seagrasses
  • Azolla Fern
  • Forests
  • Introduction
  • Proforestation
  • Boreal Forests
  • Tropical Forests
  • Afforestation
  • Peatlands
  • Agroforestry
  • Fire Ecology
  • Bamboo
  • Patricia Westerford in The Overstory, Richard Powers
  • Wilding
  • Introduction
  • Trophic Cascades
  • Grazing Ecology
  • Wildlife Corridors
  • Wilding, Isabella Tree
  • Grasslands
  • Rewilding Pollinators
  • Wetlands
  • Beavers
  • Bioregions
  • Wild Things, Carl Safina
  • Land
  • Introduction
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Animal Integration
  • Degraded Land Restoration
  • Compost
  • Vermiculture
  • Rainmakers
  • Biochar
  • Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy
  • People
  • Introduction
  • Indigeneity
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
  • Letter to Nine Leaders, Nemonte Nenquimo
  • The Forest as a Farm, Lyla June Johnston
  • Women and Food
  • Soul Fire Farm, Leah Penniman
  • Clean Cookstoves
  • Education of Girls
  • Acts of Restorative Kindness, Mary Reynolds
  • Who's Really Trampling Out the Vintage?, Mimi Casteel
  • Philanthropy Must Declare a Climate Emergency, Ellen Dorsey
  • The City
  • Introduction
  • Net Zero Cities
  • Buildings
  • Urban Farming
  • The Nature of Cities
  • Urban Mobility
  • The Fifteen-Minute City
  • Carbon Architecture
  • Food
  • Introduction
  • Wasting Nothing
  • Eating Everything
  • Localization
  • Decommodification
  • Insect Extinction
  • Eating Trees
  • We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Energy
  • Introduction
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Geothermal
  • Electrify Everything
  • Energy Storage
  • Microgrids
  • Industry
  • Introduction
  • Big Food
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Banking Industry
  • War Industry
  • Politics Industry
  • Clothing Industry
  • Plastics Industry
  • Poverty Industry
  • Offsets to Onsets
  • Action + Connection
  • What to Do
  • Where to Start
  • Create a Punch List
  • Climate Action Systems
  • Enlarging Our Focus-Nexus
  • The Goal
  • Protect
  • One More Thing
  • Afterword: Damon Gameau
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photography Credits
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"Regeneration is not only about bringing the world back to life; it is about bringing each of us back to life," writes environmentalist Hawken (Blessed Unrest) in this comprehensive guide to combating the climate crisis. With a strategy that puts "life at the center of every action and decision," Hawken calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and for the protection of natural habitats globally. The author divides his guidance into several broad categories--"Oceans" introduces "seaforestation," or growing marine forests "where they would not normally occur," and makes a plea for "marine protected areas." "Forest" looks at the versatility and sustainability of bamboo, and explains such concepts as proforestation (allowing and encouraging trees to recover and grow) and afforestation ("planting trees where none grew before"). The "Industry" section is the most engaging, and in it Hawken tackles the environmental impact of processed food, health care, fashion, war, and plastics. An "Action and Connection" chapter is filled with reasonable real-world steps: there's a 12-point climate checklist that readers can apply to their lives, and a list of things to do to make one's lifestyle greener. Urgent but never tipping into doom and gloom, this will be a boon to readers worried about a warming world. (Sept.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

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. A Japanese farmer, for instance, raises ducks that eat invasive snails and fertilize paddies of a plant called azolla, which, in maturity, becomes a wonderfully productive "green manure" for other plants. If you haven't heard of azolla, you're to be forgiven: As Hawken observes, we consume only a small fraction of the edible plants available to us, and we can be weaned from large-scale industrial agriculture in order to make use of the plants that "grow best where people live and help meet their nutritional needs." The prescriptions are attainable and clearly stated, without jargon or hectoring. Pie-in-the-sky visions meet gritty practicality in a book of interest to all environmentally minded readers. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.