EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, announced that the theme for Earth Day 2022 will be “Invest In Our Planet.” Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, and businesses – to do their part. Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable.
After COP26 in Glasgow, it is even more apparent that governments will not solve this crisis themselves. Nor are they taking sufficient action to create an equitable economy that will allow all people in all countries to share in the expanding green economy. Despite global inaction and even obstruction, historic green economic and scientific change is accelerating. From energy to technology to philosophy to health to engineering to transportation, forward-thinking national and local governments, activists, artists, innovators, inventors, scientists, universities, individuals, and investors are developing green alternatives and solutions to restore the planet and accelerate a fair economic transition. Educators worldwide are calling for climate education to provide science, civic skills, and inspiration to create a new generation of leaders in every field who will lead their countries, businesses, faiths, and other institutions in this inevitable evolution.
Like the industrial, space, and information revolutions, all sectors of society can and must play major roles – this time with the extraordinary responsibilities to get it right. Need is converging with inventiveness and innovation, but everyone must play a role.
Governments can open new doors by incentivizing their citizens, businesses, and institutions to create and innovate. They can create a fair global economic system to implement these innovations and changes without giving up their role to advance and protect the public’s interests in this transition.
Individual citizens – as voters, as watchdogs, and as consumers – are responsible for holding business, governments, and others accountable and to support their efforts when they get it right.
Like other economic revolutions, inventors, innovators, businesses, and investors are the most likely to drive significant change. It is up to all three sectors to harness the power of these change agents and the growing green financial markets and require that they create value both for themselves and for society as they drive green innovation.
“In 2022, we all must enter into one partnership for the planet. People, governments, and even most businesses fear change but the status quo – the way we live today – is changing before our eyes. In building our future, individuals, businesses, governments each have a unique role – we need to act individually and together,” said Kathleen Rogers, President, EARTHDAY.ORG. “Unlike other historic economic revolutions, this time there are two additional imperatives: the first is to save ourselves from the climate crisis, and the second is to build new green economies in every country so that everyone can share in the benefits from this green revolution. This will only be done if we invest in our planet’s future together.”