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“We have the capacity to create a remarkable different economy: one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security.”

Paul Hawken

Be ready to be inspired by Paul Hawken, one of the most respected voices on sustainability at our next Econopolis Economic Encounter! US environmentalist Paul Hawken is known by many as someone who inspired the corporate social responsibility and sustainability sectors. As an author of best-selling books and a social entrepreneur, Paul’s work has influenced how we do business in the private, public, non-profit, education, and government sectors. Today Hawken is on a mission trying to show the world that we can reverse the climate crisis. With help of researchers, scientists, policy makers, business leaders, students and entrepreneurs from around the world, Hawken launched the Drawdown project, a realistic, optimistic, and empowering view of our climate future. Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. The goal of this ambitious project is to inform the world how we can reverse the buildup of atmospheric carbon within thirty years. All 100 solutions presented in Drawdown are not just hypothetical. They are real, well-understood technologies and processes that can be scaled around the world. The solutions impact communities and economies by improving lives, creating jobs, restoring the environment, enhancing security, generating resilience, and advancing human health.

“The response that environmentalists evoke – fear, anxiety, numbness, despair – are not helpful, even if they are understandable. It should be fascinating, even enthralling, to be in the milieu of environmental change.”

One of these 100 solutions include changing the way we fly! This analysis focuses on adoption of the latest and most fuel-efficient aircraft; retrofitting existing aircraft with winglets, newer engines, and lighter interiors; and retiring older aircraft early. NASA has long been the leading experimenter in future aircraft design. They believe new designs could save airlines $250 billion in coming decades. Along with reducing fuel and pollution by 70 percent, these prototypes make 50 percent less noise than conventional passenger planes.


Credit: © 2016 Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation. All rights Reserved


Curious about the top 10 solutions presented in the Drawdown project? Below you’ll find the top 10 solutions  ranked according to the total atmosphere CO2 equivalent reduction in giga tons!





Total Atmospheric CO2-Eq reductions (GT)


Refrigerant Management




Wind Turbines (Onshore)

Electricity Generation



Reduced Food Waste




Plant-Rich Diet




Tropical Forests

Land Use



Educating Girls

Women and Girls



Family Planning

Women and Girls



Solar Farms

Electricity Generation







Rooftop Solar

Electricity Generation


Credit: project Drawdown


Paul has appeared in numerous media including the Today Show and has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. In his writings and presentations, Paul has a beautiful way of connecting the world’s most pressing issues. He describes the interconnectedness of social, environmental, and economic challenges facing us today. At a young age, he worked in the civil rights movement as a press coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr. and a staff photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality. Paul founded also several companies, starting in the 1960s with Erewhon, one of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods.

“Climate change is begging you to dream, not hide. It’s time to come together and collaborate.”

Thursday 21 November 2019 3:30 pm at BMW Group Benelux Bornem, because Paul Hawken will inspire you about how we could save the climate, and prosper at the same time!

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About the author

Cedric Stichelbaut

Cedric Stichelbaut obtained the degree of Master in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp in June 2017. His master thesis examined the performance of hedge funds after the crisis of 2008. Next he obtained an additional Master of Finance at the Antwerp Management School, where he researched sustainable responsible investing. In the summer of 2018, he joined Econopolis team as a Portfolio Analyst. He assists the Wealth Managers in the management and reporting of the portfolios.