- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143113658
- ISBN-13: 978-0143113652
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World Reprint Edition
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a"Blessed Unrest" is exciting, compelling and very important. . . . It will inspire and encourage millions more to take action.a
aWriting with zest, clarity, and a touch of wonder . . . Hawken offers a fascinating history of our perception of nature and human rights. Hawken also presents an unprecedented map to this new asocial landscape.aa
a"Booklist" (starred review)
"Blessed Unrest" is exciting, compelling and very important. . . . It will inspire and encourage millions more to take action.
Writing with zest, clarity, and a touch of wonder . . . Hawken offers a fascinating history of our perception of nature and human rights. Hawken also presents an unprecedented map to this new social landscape.
"Booklist" (starred review)
?"Blessed Unrest" is exciting, compelling and very important. . . . It will inspire and encourage millions more to take action.?
?Writing with zest, clarity, and a touch of wonder . . . Hawken offers a fascinating history of our perception of nature and human rights. Hawken also presents an unprecedented map to this new ?social landscape.
?"Booklist" (starred review)
About the Author
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.
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These guys (and gals) are all pretty much the same. Last fall I had the privilege to hear Paul Hawken speak. Paul (a Green Entrepreneur) has written an excellent book: "Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming" (quite the title) in which he describes and defends this new environmental movement based on love of the land and also people. When you meet these folks, they almost always dress the same. Blue Jeans. Either a T-shirt or a Flannel shirt. Hiking boots (the old leather kind). And they tend to be thin. Energetic. Healthy. They look like they live their values.
Politically it's hard to pin them down, as they promote both capitalism and environmentalism. They aren't socialists (but they have morals and a community ethic); they aren't capitalists (but they promote sustainable living and products). Frankly, they befuddle me. I'm thinking of Michael Pollan, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Bill McKibben. Granola heads with values and a functioning checkbook, they seem to be.
Paul Hawken goes on exploring the history of civil disobedience, and shows how NGOs have proliferated in our time. Here he expects possibilities producing transformations in societies, which could have more power when acting in a coordinated way. The author didn't stop just thinking this. He originated a new website, "wiserearth", which is a platform offered to all NGO's and concerned citizens, at a global scale, to debate and to coordinate their actions, following the principle : "Think globally and act locally". At this moment in history, this is very important, since never before humanity faced a global threat so huge like global warming. What makes things even worse is that in the world we're living in today we have very little left of democracy (read Bagdikian's The New Media Monopoly if you're in doubt). Governments are corporate owned, and will never push for the real changes we need. At best, they will make some minor readjustments without real impact, while we should fully head for sustainable production and consumption. Now, when a movement of committed NGO's and concerned citizens, people like you and me, who are aware of the consequences of our actions, act together, in coordination, then maybe, we could recuperate our governments, so that they will put the people and their future in the first place again, like it was supposed to be, instead of the profits of the big corporations. Therefore, we should change our individual consumption, so that the "market" - the only thing governments and corporations really believe in - will be obliged to adjust.
We can do a lot to reduce our individual dependence on fossil fuels in order to have some future left for our children. We can heat our house through intelligent design, following the principles of the passive solar house. We can boycott all gasoline-driven cars on the market today, including hybrid ones, and purchase only electric vehicles, which will be launched to the market next year (2010), with the best proposal so far Fiat's Phylla, which has solar panels incorporated in the car's roof. We should fly less, and we should eat less meat or no meat at all. We should buy organics. Those are all little things we can already do. At home. Don't wait till tomorrow. Do it now. It's the only way to guarantee a future for the next generations. And let's be serious : this will not "bring down American economy, eliminate growth and jobs, cost too much money, and lower the standard of living". What it will obtain is transforming the economy, supporting the most creative manufacturers, and supporting local organic farmers, which will generate new jobs. Transforming your home into a solar house represents a somewhat bigger initial investment than a "normal" house, but you will benefit in the long run from lower (or no) operational costs for heating your house. The same applies for electric vehicles, which don't need gasoline and are cheaper in maintenance. There will be no lowering of the standard of living, just a structural change towards an economy without oil. That's why the current big corporations - with Big Oil as their leader - will never accept those ideas, since they prefer making profits, even if this means we're all heading for collapse.
We just had a major victory in South Portland Maine where the city council passed a city ordinance that will ban the exporting of crude oil and tar sands from the port. We need to tell other people with similar local efforts that they are not alone. This book, BLESSED UNREST, encourages us to not give up because we are "only one little town."