For over 50 years, Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between people and the environment. The face behind Project Drawdown – the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming – and author of seven other influential books, including ‘The Ecology of Commerce’, Hawken has been a renowned thought leader on sustainability and climate change.

Paul Hawken joins the 2018 Festival’s Great Debate.

The chance for us to create a sustainable world now rests precariously in our ability to reverse dangerous global warming in a meaningful timeframe. So is it now possible to restore climate conditions back to those safe for human civilisation?

This feature Festival event boldly sets out to make the seemingly impossible, possible. Exploring the vital role carbon ‘drawdown’ could play in helping reach a below zero emission world. What will Australia’s role look like in mounting this historic social, political and technical mobilisation to cool the planet fast?


Paul Hawken — Environmentalist, Author & Activist
Kelly O’Shanassy — CEO, Australian Conservation Foundation
Clive Hamilton — Author & Academic
Ian Dunlop — Former Chair of the Australian Coal Association
Anna Skarbek — CEO, ClimateWorks
David Spratt — Climate Policy Analyst
Bernie Hobbs — Science Writer & Presenter (MC)

“When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. ”


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Fri 9 / Feb 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Dome
Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia


Concession TICKET: $15

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