Meet Paul Hawken, author of the bestseller ‘Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse climate change.’ Paul is visiting the Netherlands to celebrate the launch of the Dutch translation of his latest book: ‘Regeneration, ending the climate crisis in one generation.’ Regeneration means putting life central at everything you do. It means increasing your positive impact to the max.
Paul Hawken is an environmental activist, entrepreneur and writer. His books have been translated into thirty languages and published in more than fifty countries. In total, Hawken has sold more than two million books, including ‘Drawdown’. The most comprehensive plan ever to reverse climate disruption (2017). He is also a sought-after speaker who has led workshops on the impact of trade on the environment. Hawken advises companies and governments around the world.
Natasha Hulst is programme director at European Land Commons and Schumacher Center for a New Economics. From these positions, Natascha works towards commons-based ecological solutions. She has expertise in the relationships between economic activities, local communities, natural resources and ecosystems, and she wants to use this expertise for positive system change by effectively redirecting capital to the commons and thus creating values that are conducive to life.
Joost Wouters is one of the three founders of The Seaweed Company. As an avid believer in Blue Impact solutions, he globally implements seaweed-based concepts that support the transition to regenerative agriculture, and to more sustainable diets for humans.
Onno Dwars is CEO at Ballast Nedam Development and a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Green Building Council. Ballast Nedam Development develops attractive residential, working and living environments in inner-city areas. In doing so, they are conscious of the impact they have and consciously choose, for example, materials that have a positive impact and minimal ecological footprint.
Anne van Leeuwen, under the banner of her one-man business New Symbiosis, works on a fundamental and practical integration of nature and culture. Before starting foundation bodemzicht, she worked at ARTIS and co-founded the Embassy of the North Sea, in addition to being involved in the realisation of the zoöp. Since 2018, she and partner Ricardo Cano Mateo have started the regenerative demonstration farm and learning place Bodemzicht. Farm Bodemzicht aims to show that regenerative agriculture is economically, socially and ecologically the future. Anne has been an advisor at the Lenteland Foundation since 2020.
Miranda Suripatty loves working with nature and people. Besides her job as a medical physician for people with an intellectual disability, she is a gardening coach at a community garden in Amsterdam South-East. This year she has initiated and made a new community garden, Tuinen van Brasa (Gardens of Brasa), at BrasaPark on the roof of the Gaasperdammertunnel which has just been build. Miranda is now developing other green initiatives at BrasaPark of Amsterdam South-East. She feels the urge that stories of people and nature have to be heard and that children from different cultures and migrations know where their roots are in this nature. She is planning to make her neighborhood green and healthy for the next generations and that the can identify themselves in it.