Messages to the Future

 
 

I'm afraid to grow up.

Dear future society,

I don't want to grow old and tell you stories of how amazing polar bears were. I don't want to tell you stories of how old I was when Florida went underwater, or tell you how I only got to see snow only a few times before it disappeared and how wonderful it was to play in it. I don't want to grow up and tell my children I never

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I hope that you are continuing to care deeply about our Earth and will pass on your love of the environment to your children.

Dear Robert and Lewis,

Some of my fondest memories of you boys growing up involves reading to you. We read so many books, checked out so many from the library in Columbia, Mo. I read "A Tree for Me" to you, Robert, with tears in my eyes as I worried about the future of the environment. We read about polar bears, Lewis, and I wondered if they would still be living in the Arctic

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I want you to be prepared for the world that the generations before you are creating for you. I love you Lucienne, and I will not give up. I will push you and teach you not to give up, either, even if others around you do.

Dear Daughter,

Fathering you is the most important thing I have ever done, or will ever do.  I know I'm not perfect, but I want you to know that even when you're not around, I am spending a lot of my time thinking about how I can be a better father. One of the things I think about is what kind of world I need to prepare you for. I want you to

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I’m sure looking back it will seem ridiculous that so many people did not believe in climate change.

To Future Students,

I can’t even imagine how much the world will change in 13-33 years.  I’m sure looking back it will seem ridiculous that so many people did not believe in climate change, let alone a president. It seems like we were only able to convince people there was a problem when it was already far too late. For that, many generations will have to suffer the consequences. You may be thinking that

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Grandpa took me and your Uncle Max here to go fly fishing, which I hope to be able to to do with you in your lifetime.

To my future kids:

I have recently traveled to Montana for the first time, and saw signs and license plates referring to it as "The Last Best Place". The landscape was so pristine, with beautiful mountains, streams, bighorn sheep, elk and trout. Driving from one town to the next, we did not have cell phone service, and we were glad. Grandpa took me and your Uncle Max here to go fly fishing, which I hope

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I think a lot about what you might be like when you grow up and about what kind of world you will live in.

Dear Finn and Cy,

I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. I am writing this in 2017. You are, as I write, 7 and 10 years old, respectively. I think a lot about what you might be like when you grow up and about what kind of world you will live in when you do. Today, more than any other time in my life, I worry about our future—about your future. As you

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Αυτό που πραγματικά εύχομαι είναι ο κόσμος να γίνει καλύτερος για έσας.. για να μεγαλώσετε σωστά και να μπορείτε να απολαμβάνετε τα αγαθά της φύσης όπως και η δική μου γενία.

Σε αυτούς που αγαπώ,

Είναι Απρίλιος του έτους 2017.. Εσύ που διαβάζεις αυτό το γράμμα εύχομαι ο κόσμος που μεγαλώνεις να αλλάζει προς το καλύτερο και να έχουν ήδη πραγματοποιηθεί σημαντικές αλλαγές για τη βελτιστοποίηση της κατάστασης. Η κλιματική αλλαγή είναι ένα ζήτημα που μας απασχολεί ιδιαιτέρως αυτές τις μέρες και πολλοί προσπαθούμε για το καλύτερο δυνατό. Προσπαθώ και γω προσωπίκα με την οποιαδήποτε προσπάθεια να συμβάλω στην προσπάθεια αυτή. Σπουδάζω αυτή τη στιγμή Environmental

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No voice is too small to be heard. Every action counts.

To the future generation:

I’m 22 years old and about to graduate from college. It’s been a long journey and I have no idea how it’s going to go from here on out. There are many changes happening in the world around us. It’s a confusing time because our president and his administration believe that climate change is a hoax, although we all know that is not. Perhaps it is a blessing in disguise that

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My hopes are that we find ways to build ourselves a world here on Earth that can sustain itself.

Dear tomorrow,

One of my favorite parts of summer were our family reunions. Thinking about it right now even brings me back to the smell of a campfire with roasting marshmallows, sweating my way up a strenuous hike to a lookout point in the Cascade’s, or picking blackberries from bushes along a river bank. Washington state is full of beautiful parks, and I can only hope that you will see the same

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We must remember that we still live in a democracy, our words do matter, and it is so important to stand up and support what you believe in.

To my future children,

I am currently 20 years old, and if there is one thing I could tell you to prepare you for the future it would be this: do not let other opinions change who you are or stop you from being successful at whatever it is that you want to do. Donald Trump was elected into the presidency at the beginning of this year, and policies will soon be rapidly changing

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I hope that by the time your reading this message that solar roofs and electric vehicles have become the norm, and somebody has found a sustainable alternative to jet fuel in airplanes.

To My Future Children,

I hope that your generation is surrounded by a healthier environment than ours is today. The U.S. and other large countries are currently emitting a large amount of CO2 into the atmosphere which is quickening the rate of climate change within our world. Environmentalists have defined 9 planetary boundaries which define safe levels of pollution within which human beings can tolerate. We have currently surpassed 4 of the 9 planetary

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I am putting my whole future career into trying to help keep the earth healthy for future generations like you guys.

Dear Alyssa and Johnny,

Hello little cousins. I hope everything is okay. As of now it does not look like everything will be okay. We are consuming fossil fuels at alarming rates, the streets sometimes look more like dumpsters than a place to walk, and people seem to care more about the green in their pockets rather than the green on the trees. Little do they know the green in their pockets will mean

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This is a time in which climate change equates guilt, anger, conflict, politics; things that as your mother I wish you never had to encounter, though I know you will.

To my potential children,

I’m eighteen right now. I’m irresponsible and argumentative and not the person who might someday create you just yet; but I’m getting there. I’m finishing my first year at college and as I’m sure I will have told you, it is quite a time in a person’s life. If you had asked me even a few months ago what my goals were, I would have laughed. Now I have a

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The problems aren’t even in the distant future, they are happening right now and somehow people are still denying that they exist.

Dear Future People,

I have always loved nature and the outdoors, and have always been interested in environmentalism and sustainability, and thought that as time went on and as science advances, things would eventually get better. But no. Recently I have been learning a lot more in-depth information about the environment and the human impact on it, and things are not looking great. This past year Donald Trump was elected president while still denying

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Life is precious- let's have fun, but understand what we and our toys are capable of.

To whom it may concern,

It's my hope that our planet does not now resemble a world from an apocalyptic work of fiction. Moreover, I'd like to know that our modes of transportation are not poisoning the air that we breathe, and that our food is more or less what it claims to be. Humanity has incited an explosion of ability and progress in the last few hundred years alone. I can only imagine the

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Never forget your power to change the world.

Dear Future James,

I’m currently finishing up my first sustainability class, and I’m ready to continue on this path and counteract the many persistent threats to the environment. As we speak, the federal government is doing very little to protect our future, even more so given the fact that Trump has just been elected. I want to praise you for getting through whatever is to come, and thank you for your continued persistence

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We are trying to populate other planets for habitat but cannot seem to fix the planet we are in.

To Future Descendants,

I am writing this to you because the world that I live in now is extremely divided, in a world where people do not trust each other and a world where environmental activists are silenced. Those people on the wrong side have mututal interests and are threatening the very existence of the human race. Climate change is a serious issue, but in today's world no one seems to be taking climate

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