15 Aug 2012

Paul Hawkens' Address to students at University of Portland

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I was recently sent on the Stroud Transition discussion list a copy of Paul Hawkens's Commencement Address to 2009 year to students at University of Portland Oregon. I urge you folks to also read it.

"And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done. 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 the 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. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world."
See full address here.

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