The Earth is Hiring
A speech given by Paul Hawken to the graduating class of University of Portland has been making the internet rounds over the last month. After giving it a read, I can see why. Here’s a snippet to inspire you:
There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: YOU ARE BRILLIANT, AND THE EARTH IS HIRING. The earth couldn’t afford to send any recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint. And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.
I encourage you to read the whole thing. Whether you are graduating this month, or not (I am well past my college years!), I think it’s an inspiring celebration of the myriad positive efforts happening around the globe and a marvelous trumpet to action.
I hope it moves you as it did me.