WeThePlanet organized a live broadcast to honor “Every Day is Mother’s Day and Mother Earth” on this Mother’s Day, where extraordinary mothers and daughters (and a few good men) came together to restore their faith given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and negative effects of climate change in saving Mother Earth, at all costs without fear of favor.
Lakshmi Pratury, an entrepreneur, curator, speaker, and founder of INK, shared how “a monk once told me that the biggest lesson one could learn is to let go and not own that idea or a person, they think is their own. He told me to think of it like my baby who just came through and now I neither own him or control him or even his destiny. In this time of global crises, we must wake up and see that Mother Earth just doesn’t belong to us, but to so many other living beings too and we must stop thinking otherwise. Whatever nature has to offer, we owe everything back to the planet.”
The discussion also witnessed Nancy Christiano, Malini Sood Horiuchi, Radha Parthsarathy, Nahema Mehta, Amber Nystrom, Rupa Sood, Salim Ismail, Lily Safrani, Raghava KK, Marya Ghazipura, Sarika Batra, Yashi Brown, and Anju Luhana.
Susan Rockefeller, an entrepreneur, conservationist, and filmmaker described how we must use this time to protect what is precious and work on “the three pillars of our life: family, art, and nature.” She went on to explain how by thriving to save and protect the three instead of suffering in pain, we could all get through the global epidemic that we have gotten ourselves into.
Kunal Sood conceived and created this event in the honor of his mother, Rupa Sood, who taught him that “the heroes' journey begins in the womb. Her love for humanity and open heart translates to how she raised her three children. So, thinking big and caring about the global community is what inspired me to create something larger than myself for the planet.”
This initiative raised awareness for Arianna Huffington’s #FirstRespondersFirst campaign celebrating the true bearers of our society, the frontline workers, who are working amidst a global pandemic.
The live broadcast was a reminder for us all to collectively take personal responsibility in changing our mindsets from ‘me’ to ‘we’ because our ways of living has only brought a global catastrophe given the current pandemic and climate change. So, we must not only revisit our own principles of living but also teach our kids who are our future to be more empathetic to our reason of existence, not just today, but every day. Leaving not just a better planet but extraordinary citizens for generations to come.
Founded in September 2019, Kunal Sood launched We The Planet at the United Nations Headquarters alongside the Youth Climate Summit during UNGA Week. Kunal Sood and Laura Muranaka are the Co-Founders of We The Planet and the #WeThePlanet campaign. They created #WeThePlanet to unite global leaders to reimagine our approach to the planet, people, peace, prosperity, and partnership, uniting the youth and the elders in action to make the impossible possible from COVID-19 to Climate Change in order to protect all life on land and under the sea.