DearTomorrow Toolkit

The DearTomorrow project was built upon a simple idea: we must talk about climate change from a place of love. We believe that until we think differently about this problem, we cannot adequately address it.

We designed DearTomorrow to provide a platform for people to create and share stories with their friends and family about why they care about climate change. As our project has grown, we have noticed many of the messages were submitted from the same zip codes. That’s when we realized that community organizations, teachers and groups of friends were carrying out the project on their own.

This inspired us to pull together resources for any individual or group (school, church group, community organization, group of friends) to organize their own DearTomorrow activity using readily available technology, like computers and smartphones.

Letters and Video Project

The letters and video project can be used by organizations as a call to action or activity for their leadership, organizers and members. Example: DearTomorrow is a featured action on BeforetheFlood’s Climate Action Hub.

DearTomorrow can be easily integrated into science, writing and environmental curriculum ranging from middle school through undergraduate-level courses.

Example: ENV 151 Introduction to Sustainability, DePaul University, Jessica Vogt

Photo Promises Project

The photo promises project is an easy, fun activity for any group. Download “Photo Promises- 5 Easy Steps” and “Instructions and FAQ for Organizers” to carry this out in your community. Show examples by visiting the Photo Promises gallery on the website or printing a few copies of “Photo Promises Handout.”

Once you’ve created a message for DearTomorrow, there are many ways that you can share your letters, photos and videos:

  • Post on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to tag @deartmrw and #DearTomorrow.
  • Email your story to close friends and family, inviting them to have a conversation with you about why you care about climate change.
  • Create a photo exhibit, video screening or live reading of the letters.
  • Read letters at a community meeting or family gathering.
  • Submit your letter to a local newspapers or blog.

Archive

We invite all participants to submit their messages to the DearTomorrow website and archive. Encourage all participants to submit their photos, videos and letters here.