This month, in support of DearTomorrow, Virgin Unite are publishing letters from Virgin company leaders about climate change.
The DearTomorrow campaign is working to change the way the world thinks about climate action, with all letters written to our ‘future self, family, child or children’ reflecting on climate change and how it is impacting our lives and the future of the planet.
Today our very own Rosanne Gray, MD of Virgin Unite, continues the series with a letter to her 10 God Children: Hannah, Chelsea, Harrison, Jemima, Gus, Nia, Samuel, Lily-Grace, Fin and Kate
Dear Hannah, Chelsea, Harrison, Jemima, Gus, Nia, Samuel, Lily-Grace, Fin and Kate (my God Children)
I love your curiosity as you explore the world around you, the ability to keep me on my toes with your straight up questions and creativity that always makes me smile! For some of you it was your first day at school this week, while I spent time in my favourite place – the ocean!
I am always drawn to the sound of the sea, the rhythmic breaking of the waves and the deep sense of peace that it provides as I spend hours swimming along coastlines. The sea speaks to me, yet I am reminded that is has no voice. It carries those who seek protection and is a place of refuge, yet the ocean around us is not protected. I wonder what state the ocean will be in when you are my age?
Did you know that the ocean provides the oxygen for every second breath we take, provides food and livelihoods for over three billion people around the world and is home to 80 per cent of all life on earth? However, we are making a mess of these precious resources, which are largely out of sight and out of mind. The way we are going by 2025 the ocean will contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish and coral reefs could have disappeared by 2050.
At Virgin Unite, we are working to protect 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030 by galvanizing the ocean community to create new alliances and seeking critical ocean governance reforms through the work of Ocean Unite. We need to move as quickly as we can to speed up protection if we are going to be able to rejuvenate the beautiful ocean.
You each give me hope that we can protect the ocean around us and give a voice to this unacceptable issue. I hope that you will remain constantly curious and your creativity finds solutions that push boundaries, disrupts systems and makes this world a better place.
Looking forward to seeing how each of you is going to change the world and to our next swim in the sea!
Lots of Love,