Our mission is to ensure a vast diversity of life can flourish on Earth now and in the future. It is a mission we can and must achieve. And we can be confident that this shining goal remains possible because if there is one thing we know, it is that human beings working together can achieve practically anything.
We know what the challenges are—the pollution of coal, oil and gas and land clearing, above all —and have the solutions we need to change the world: Solar, wind, carbon sinks, EVs, regenerative agriculture, a circular economy and First Nations stewardship. It is a matter of applying the solutions that already exist, and doing so at emergency speed and scale.
Human beings are endlessly creative and ingenious. We have to back ourselves. Hope is shared action. What holds us back are the vested interests of the fossil fuel order. That is what must be overcome. Our obligation is not to succumb to BAU, because that is the road to ruin.
Given half a chance, life fights for life, and I’m seeing that fight right now. It’s the community that decides to take charge and regenerate their forests. It’s the government investing in renewables. It’s the CEOs transitioning their companies away from fossil fuels to clean energy at speed and scale. It’s the school strikers, raising their hands and rejecting the status quo. It is in all the dedicated people who make up Greenpeace—and the wider environment, climate and social justice movements. Hope is shared action.
That is the mission of our times; for all human beings who share that common same vision, to work together with all our might, to secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity.
The theme for Earth Day 2023 is ‘Invest in Our Planet.’ Find out more about how you can take action for Earth on the Earth Day website.