The Ray C. Anderson Foundation proudly sponsored a private launch party and book signing for Drawdown on April 24th at Southface. More than 80 people attended the event and were treated to a personal introduction by Paul Hawken, who founded the Project Drawdown initiative and edited the book which premiered in mid-April. The book provides an in-depth look at the 100 most substantive solutions that can, if scaled, reverse global warming.
As many know, it was Paul Hawken’s book, The Ecology of Commerce, that was the original spear in Ray Anderson’s chest. From the day Ray read that book in 1994 until his passing in 2011, he was committed to leading Interface on its journey up Mount Sustainability, proving the business case for sustainability for the entire industrial world.
John Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, serves on the board of Project Drawdown.
“For too long, global warming and our changing climate have solely been a cause for fear,” said Lanier. “With the release of Drawdown, the game has changed. We have the playbook, and we know that we can, in fact, reverse global warming. Sure, it will take an immense amount of work, but when we succeed we will have created the best version of humanity that the world has ever seen.”
Following the private event on April 25th, the Foundation also participated in a public event for Drawdown, hosted by A Capella Books at the Carter Center. John Lanier had the privilege of introducing Paul Hawken at that event.
For anyone in Atlanta who may have missed these events, Southeast Green, the Decatur First United Methodist Church Creation Care Team, the Holy Trinity Episcopal Creation Care Team and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light will host “Drawdown Conversations” on Thursday, June 8th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Decatur First United Methodist Church. The event will feature a panel of experts including: Katharine Wilkinson, Project Drawdown Senior Writer, John Lanier, Project Drawdown Board Member and Ray C. Anderson Foundation Executive Director, and Jim Hartzfeld, President of Hartzfeld Sustainability Advisors and Georgia Interfaith Power an Light Board Member.