National Geographic : 2018 Dec
DECEMBER | FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST Jane Goodall often says, “Only if we under- stand, can we care. Only if we care, will we help.” For 130 years the National Geographic Society has inspired gen- erations of people to better understand and care for our planet. This enduring legacy underscores our role as changemakers who illumi- nate the wonders of our world, identify the threats, and discover solutions. Today our ultimate goal is to catalyze action to achieve a planet in balance. The world we have celebrated is now changing in ways our founders could never have imagined. When the Society was established in 1888, there were roughly 1.5 billion people on Earth. Now there are more than 7.6 billion. The issues we face are significant: a race for resources to provide for a growing global population, a warming planet, and unprecedented biodiversity loss. Working toward a planet in balance, one that provides for humanity and the untold millions of other species with which we live, will be the greatest challenge of our century. As an impact- driven global nonprofit, the National Geographic Society is committed to addressing this challenge. We will harness the power of partnerships to support the world’s best scientists, explorers, conserva- tionists, educators, and storytellers— bold individuals with transformative ideas who drive innovation to ensure a healthy and sustainable future. We will invest in the tools, technology, and training to empower our international community of explorers and innova- tors to ignite change. And together with our strategic partners, we will scale solutions grounded in science to safeguard our planet. Our success hinges on fostering an informed global public—individuals, policymakers, corporations, foun- dations, and other like-minded Our Commitment to a Planet in Balance TRACY R. WOLSTENCROFT PHOTO: MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF Tracy R. Wolstencroft, President and CEO National Geographic Society organizations—that believes in our mission, values the natural world, and is determined to protect it for genera- tions to come. As the National Geographic Society’s new president and CEO, I am deeply inspired by our mission. I am confident that working together, we can advance toward our ultimate goal: a planet in balance. We hope you will join us.