The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate.
Settle, not yet.
Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. So let me ask all the engineers, especially my fellow women engineers to shake off all the distractions that prevent us from creating a sustainable environment and move forward. Because as the famous Carl Sagan put it-' Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no help that will come to save us from ourselves.'
We celebrated this day as a day of hope. Hope for a bright and safe future for all coming generations."