Power lies in doing small stuff, says environmentalist

October 04, 2013
Jamie Logan
Tulane New Wave

At his first-ever talk in the United States, award-winning environmental author Rob Hopkins addressed an avid audience on Tuesday (Oct. 1) on the Tulane University uptown campus. Recognized globally for his work in promoting community resilience in light of the economic crisis of climate change, Hopkins was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award and was named one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 environmentalists.

His latest book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World, was released in June 2013 and focuses on the impact that small shifts of local activism have on a broad scale.

“If we want to create a new economy, we need to make that happen,” said Hopkins. He explained that local resilience efforts, dubbed “Transition” projects, can help communities take that first step. As co-founder of the Transition Network, Hopkins speaks from experience.

“Through Transition, we’ve created a network of people,” he said.

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