Look at the people around you. Look at the people across this amazing country.
Whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, rich or poor, from red states or blue, born in small towns or big cities, or from the many beliefs, ethnicities, genders and orientations that make up America, they all have something in common. They all want a better future for their children. So do you. So do I. In fact, we all share that fundamental, human desire: We want our children to be happy, safe, healthy and secure. That instinct is baked inside us. It’s part of what makes us human.
But for our children to truly thrive, we need to stop damaging the natural world around us, the natural world that nourishes us, protects us and sustains our lives. We need to protect the environmental systems we all depend on — to provide clean air, clean water, safe food, a safe climate and so many other essentials.
We need to protect and sustain the planet, because it protects and sustains us.
The alternative is simply unthinkable. If we end up damaging Earth’s critical environmental systems, we could leave future generations with broken ecosystems, a wholly changed climate and vanishing natural resources. It could be a dangerous world, difficult to thrive in. Environmental disasters could become the norm, dominating the human condition for generations — mainly because we didn’t act wisely today.
No one actually wants this. No matter one’s partisan leanings, tax bracket, ethnicity or upbringing, no one wants to leave a wrecked planet — a world that is depleted, damaged and dangerous — to their children. None of us want to be the first people in history to knowingly imperil their children’s future.
But that’s what we’re doing right now, whether we admit it or not. And we need to turn it around.