Of course, the implementation of nature-based solutions and new systems is always complicated, but that’s no excuse not to try. These solutions already exist. The technology is out there. The fires, the floods, the coral bleaching and collapse of marine environments—they’re all warning signs of drastic things to come… Things that will happen if we don’t act immediately.
I think the answer lies in getting out there in nature—connecting to these wild places. The mountains, the lakes, the ocean. We need to start falling in love with these places again because you tend to protect what you love. That’s our way out of this.
And most of the time, solutions are pretty simple, if we’re willing to give up short-term gain for long-term benefit. More than anything, we need to be humble. As a surfer, nature always has a way of putting you back in your place. When you’re out there, you feel so vulnerable. You realize you’re this very small part of this very powerful system.
We all have a place in that system, and most of the time, that place is simply staying out of the way. Learn to flow with nature. Let it do its thing. Mother Nature has the answers to the climate crisis. We just need to let her work, help where we can, and give her the best chance she’s got.
As told to Taryn Stenvei
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.