The Planet Will Be Fine: Reflecting on the Purpose of ESG. The planet will be fine. One way or another, this amazing place called earth will continue its ecological adaptation for many more billions of years. The question is only if humans will remain, and the level of suffering we'll endure to earn the right to stay here. As Mark Carney recently stated, ‘Net zero isn’t a slogan, it's an imperative of climate physics’. You know, the same physics underpinning human survival.