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Paul Hawken's recent commencement speech hailed as one of the best of last 75 years

Environmental activist Paul Hawken has received critical acclaim for his keynote address at the University of Portland on May 3rd as part of the institution's 108th Commencement.

In an address called one of the most outstanding commencement speeches of the last 75 years, Hawken advocated social justice and corporate responsibility as vital to the future of life on earth.

“You can print money to bail out a bank, but you can’t print life to bail out a planet,” he said during his speech. “At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP. We can just as easily have an economy that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it. Whenever we exploit the earth, we exploit people and cause untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.”

Hawken’s Complete Address – Chiles Center, University of Portland (May 3, 2009) Outstanding Commencement Speeches 1936-2009

Yes! - June 3 – May 24

Kansas City Star – May 22

Integral Life – May 24

Blab Lab – May 24   

One Green Generation – May 23 

Reading Local - May 23

Really Natural - May 22

Global Mindshift – May 21

University of Cambridge - May 21

Phlawz - May 20

OpEd News – May 19

Goodlife ZEN – May 19  

Compassionate Action Network – May 19

Thank God for Evolution  

CharityFocus – May 17

Center for Justice – May 6  

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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