Everyone in the world depends completely on the Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide such as food, water, disease management, climate regulation, spiritual fulfillment, and aesthetic beauty. Over the past 60 years, humans have changed these ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, largely to meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber, and fuel.
For some people, this transformation of the planet has contributed to substantial net gains in human well-being and economic development. However, not all regions and groups of people have benefited from this process. On the contrary, many have been harmed. Moreover, the full costs associated with these gains are only now becoming apparent.
By growing food that is healthy for the soil, we actually protect the reefs, which in turn protect us from storm surges. If we eat a healthier diet, we have more energy and stronger bodies. If each family is healthier, we have more productivity in our communities.
This energy can be used to work together to plant mangroves across the islands and in this way build our island’s natural defense against sea level rise, while at the same time building the ecosystem we depend upon.
Have no doubt: Generation C, a generation that has the Courage to Change is on the move, marching and paving the way into a future for all.