The End of Sustainability: The Environment as a Human Right

A healthy environment is not just a biological issue, but also a fundamental human right. Acclaimed social entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken proposes that we need to go far beyond “sustainability” as a guiding principle and dare to create a restorative economic system founded in social equity and power for all.

Paul Hawken is a world-renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur, activist, journalist, and author whose work has included starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs. He is the author or co-author of seven globally influential books, including the bestselling classics, The Next Economy, The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, and Blessed Unrest. Paul, who founded some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods, is currently Founder and Director of OneSun, Inc., an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry. He is also founder of the Natural Capital Institute (, a research organization that created Wiser Earth (, an open source networking platform that links NGOs, foundations,  business, government, social entrepreneurs, students, organizers,  academics, activists, scientists, and citizens concerned about the  environment and social justice. He has served on slews of boards of  leading environmental organizations and won countless prestigious  awards. (


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