Messages to the Future

 
 

This is my most important work.

Dear Alex and Vivian,

When I was a teenager I first crossed an Icefield with the Juneau Icefield Research Program. I had only camped once before, so this experience was formative. Traveling back last summer as faculty filled me with such joy.  Then sadness registered.  Valley walls showed the scrape of ice that once existed. I won’t be paralyzed. The consequences of climate change are speeding forward affecting real people and wild spaces. I am your

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What has most inspired me to act is wanting to be able to look you in the eye and say, “When I became aware of the existential threat of climate change, I did all I could.”  Despite my pessimism, I act in the hope it can make a difference for future generations and all the precious life on our fragile planet.

Dear Evan,

December 28, 2017 One of the most exciting organizations I’ve come across this year regarding climate change is “Dear Tomorrow.” It’s a digital and archive project that encourages people to share letters, photos and videos with their children and family (or even future self!) about their promise to take action on climate change. The organization I’m helping build, Elders Climate Action, has recently entered into a partnership with Dear Tomorrow. We are

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I know life is throwing a fit of problems but I know you can handle it like you handled last year's hurricane.

Dear me,

I'm sending this letter to remind you that you can stop and rest for awhile. I know life is throwing a fit of problems but I know you can handle it like you handled last year's hurricane. Everything will be fine, just hold on to that. Love yourself the way you wanted to be loved, never let them say otherwise. Decide on your own. Know which path to travel. Forgive

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I am begging all of you beautiful souls - continue to band together, keep advocating and making change to stop climate change.

I hope it’s not too late…

I am begging all of you beautiful souls - continue to band together, keep advocating and making change to stop climate change. My heart aches and is heavy knowing what past generations of our species have done to our amazing planet. And what we are doing now in 2017...  It is not too late.  Go vegan, animal agriculture contributes to climate change more than the entire transportation sector combined. That

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I want us to come up and fight.

Dear to myself

Hi to my future in year 2020, I want us to come up and fight and make a new generation have a great world with clean world, without pollution so the animal can live in our world without problem and happy. don't put the oil into the ocean help the fish and other fish. Don't build many industry so the air pollution don't happen and the atmosphere can be save

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How? It’s simple. Start voting for policy towards a greener environment, use less single use plastics, don’t litter, support systems for sustainability, drive less, and use solar. You’re not alone.

Dear Tomorrow,

I waited to the end of my class to write this letter. I decided to wait because I wanted to learn as much as I could. I wanted to reflect on my journey. As I have learned so much about the care the Earth needs now, I find it ironic... I waited, and that is the deadliest thing we can do with our planet now. For those of you reading this

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I hope this change begins to grow.

Dear Tomorrow,

We hope that this letter finds you well, and that you are able to be proud of the world we have left you. Today, I see that as a hope, but not realistic. We are hurting this planet at an alarming rate. The beautiful animals we see on the endangered species list, may just be pictures in a textbook to you. I pray this is not what the future will

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Every day I’m inspired by the passion of people to create real change.

Dear Maxine,

In the year 1990, we already knew our climate was changing due to humans, but at that time many scientists were shy about raising the alarm, outside of academic publications and conferences.  We were also naive in thinking that if we showed everyone our evidence of the human connection, and more importantly the projections for 2030, 2050 and 2100, we’d start to see real change. We were wrong. People didn’t

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Please take the time to focus on what you envision as important.

Dear Bryson, Wade, Ada, Liam, Hank, & Lila,

Please take the time to focus on what you envision as important. I do not mean material things or what you term is "successful." Rather, what makes the difference in terms of making relationships better, the beauty and the splendor of flora and fauna, living in the present, and recognizing that having "things" or "the case of the gimmes" or "wants versus needs" are irrelevant in the scheme of life's

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It's not enough to just recycle. I will sign petitions and call my local representatives. I will also engage in conversations about climate change - even with people with whom I don't see eye-to-eye.

To my future children,

I write to you today on a very cold November day, a little over a year since Trump won the 2016 presidential election. It's been a challenging year in a lot of ways - both on a global level in terms of what's been going on in the news but also in my personal life. I think tough times push us in ways we did not expect to be be

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It’s my hope that the following will be helpful as you navigate your futures.  These are the confessions of a climate activist:

To My Grandchildren,

Rampant climate change is break’n my heart. I am so, so sorry.  My generation had a chance to stop global warming in its tracks.  But, we didn’t succeed.  Yet, we learned so much from our failures at trying (isn’t that always so?). It’s my hope that the following will be helpful as you navigate your futures.  These are the confessions of a climate activist: Regret:  Many in my generation, myself included, assumed for

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Solo quiero que sepas que algunos como yo somos conscientes de lo que está pasando y quisiéramos poder hacer cosas para cambiar todo.

Hola mi querido hijo Felipe;

Hoy estoy acá sosteniéndote en mis brazos casi dormido mientras a escribo esto, eres mi bebe solo tienes 7 meses que cumpliste el día de ayer, tienes los ojos más hermosos del mundo pues reflejan tu alma pura, cuando veo tu carita solo quiero que realmente seas feliz toda tu vida. Ahora cuando pienso en las cosas que pueden pasar en el futuro cercano debido al daño que le hemos hecho

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So today, I will hope and envision the future I wish to achieve. Then tomorrow, I will sign petitions, I will have tough conversations, I will call my local representatives, I will stay up to date on what is happening in my country and around the world, I will continue to fight for this world.

To the future,

I have a hard time conceptualizing what the future of our world will look like, but I’d like to believe it will be hopeful. I have come to realize that humanity has many challenging, upsetting qualities but those are always triumphed by the good that is deeply rooted in all of us. At the end of the day, I hope your world has tapped into that “goodness” and exemplify it

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The more time we dedicate to breaking down barriers and helping up those that have fallen beneath our oh so heavy boots, the more we will appreciate the simple values engrained in this world.

Dear Future Joanne,

I hope that you have slowed down. I am reaching out to you from the year 2017. Our aim while here is to develop, advance, progress, and BOOM. In the late 1800’s, as you have probably learned, manufacturing, business, and labor skyrocketed, a trend that continued into the 19th century. In 1989, the Internet as we know, the World Wide Web was developed. We have seen advances in every industry as

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There will always be new phones and new gadgets, but a healthy planet is not something I can promise you, and that is what worries me.

To All Whom It May Concern (and this should concern all of you),

The world has changed immensely from the time I was born until the time I am writing this letter to you all. I don't fear the new changes that will happen over the course of the next few decades, for I will be old enough to know how to withstand radical changes. But I am cautious that the truly important changes will be too slow to transpire, or be non-existent

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I want to sculpt a world for you where you can play outside without gas masks, an ocean to swim in without toxins, and a thick lively forest for you to wander.

Dear My Future Child,

Something about me is that I try my absolute best to see the most in the mundane, the simple things have always inspired me to create. I think everyone should be inspired to create by something, whatever that creation may be, and I hope to have taught you that by the time you read this. Anything can be beautiful if you choose to see it that way. Nature for me

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Climate is undeniably changing but it is not top priority.

Dear future Child or Grandchild,

We are currently pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and not doing too much to stop it. Climate is undeniably changing but it is not top priority to really do anything about it. We see the threat in the near future and what it can do to your generation, but we don't seem to care about it. We have resource issues and we are struggling to feed our own population.

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When I think of these nature-rich areas of my childhood, I feel absolutely overjoyed, and I want you to have the same connection with the outside world as I had.

Dear Future Son or Daughter,

When I think of the Earth and the natural world as an eighteen year-old college freshman, I think of the Moir Park, Woodlake Nature Center, and Normandale Lake, all places in Bloomington, Minnesota that have shaped my childhood. My family and I would spend countless summer days at what I believed to be the greenest and most beautiful park in existence, despite the proliferance of mosquitos and sticky air that

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I'll never forget walking with you to the beach in the morning, closing our eyes and stopping to listen to the sound of the waves rolling over and over again. It was so peaceful, and in that moment, I felt a deep connection to the world around us.

Dear Mom,

Looking at the world that we live in, and how things are in this world makes me feel a number of emotions. I have so many fond memories from my childhood that involve playing outside, anything from sledding out on the hill near our house to spending time enjoying the summer time at the beach. I am so grateful that we have gotten the chance to see each beautiful season

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