I acknowledge that as the world moves further into the 21st century, many people are left behind and excluded, while others feel apprehensive about a future marked by global warming and rapid social and political changes. We must listen to all perspectives.
Furthermore, events over the past year, most recently in the US, have caused shock waves throughout the world, on issues that touch all of us. These actions are designed to divide us and will harm many people as well as our planet.
As a woman, a geoscientist, and a Homeward Bound participant, I state my support for the vital role of women, science and leadership in society.
In December, I completed the first Homeward Bound expedition, a 20-day journey with 76 women in science to Antarctica, designed to equip 1,000 women to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making as it informs the future of our planet within 10 years. We recognize the opportunity that science provides to understand each other and our world, advancing opportunity for all peoples. Science touches all parts of human endeavor and experience – past, present and future.
In Antarctica, we discussed the hallmarks of great and effective leaders. They are inclusive, collaborative, legacy-minded, and fiscally responsible. I believe that globally our leaders must ask themselves if what they focus on engenders trust and if we are considering the legacy we leave with a common purpose for humanity.
I suggest that these ideals are common sense but not yet common practice. The question then is what can we do now? What will we do now?
I will engage more with individuals, communities, and the world, especially those who see or experience the world differently. I will be inclusive of all, regardless of race, country, gender, sexuality, income, political views, or religion. I will change the game.
Through engaging, we can unite. There is much we share in common in this our diverse and incredible world.
Marianne Harvey @mazzathegeo, NSW; Homeward Bound participant. Co-written with other Homeward Bound participants with each of us signing and posting individually. We invite you to join us in this commitment in celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science.