Messages to the Future

 
 

It's hard to believe how quickly you've grown, yet I have mixed feelings about the world in which you are growing.

Dear Aaron,

I'm writing days after you turned six months old. It's hard to believe how quickly you've grown, yet I have mixed feelings about the world in which you are growing. We have a terrible, regressive administration in this country, and authoritarianism is on the rise globally. And even as the scientific consensus on climate change is clearer than ever, governments like ours ignore it and continue policies that imperil your

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I want you to dream of the stars, but I am in awe of your early respect for the absolute truth that Earth is our home, there is no other, as you so wisely say, and it needs our attention now.

Dear Natan and Ilan,

The two of you have inherited your father’s affinity for the out of doors, a fact that’s apparent even though you’ve spent your lives, thus far, living in the urban confines of Brooklyn and, now, in an apartment in a Philadelphia suburb. On the weekends, when there’s time to do what you want, you want to play soccer in the field behind our building, go fishing, and per our most

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Be fearless - do not be afraid to talk to each other and do not be afraid to fail.

To my Beloved Future Children,

If this letter reaches you, it likely signifies that a number of important factors are in place in this world. A friend once showed me that we can longer take things in life for granted. The act of having a child itself is something that was romanticized and conditioned into my generation as we grew up. Our lives were built around a world where everyone has a family (husband and

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I love the fact that you do not demand or expect for yourself comfort, security or monetary wealth in a world as chaotic and uncertain—but still in so many ways wonderful—as this one in which you had to be born, if you wanted to be born at all.

Dear Lucy,

Dear Lucy,   If you wanted to be born at all, you had to be born at this time.   That was the hook of a song I started to write not long after your birth, feeling joyous about that event but ambiguous—or downright bad—about the world you were inheriting. The song (I never got beyond the hook) was an effort to come to terms with my conflicting feelings about being a father to

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I hope on this Father’s Day, my 24th birthday, and the rest of days, we remember that the most basic part of life is living happy with the ones we love. Acting every day against climate change will allow us to keep that simple piece of humanity.

To my Dad,

This year my birthday and Father’s Day have coincided again, and I get to share a special day for me with a person who deserves to be celebrated every day. I wanted to commemorate this with a letter that I’ve been meaning to write for a while. (I’ll try to do it in a somewhat concise manner – for the journalist that you are.) This is for a person I owe

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My inspiration was the two of you. It started with thinking about the world you were inheriting and what your future was going to be like. But then you taught me how important it is to listen to you – to listen to young people.

Dear Jamie and Jason,

You've never known a world without climate change. I'm so sorry. I so hope that decades ago, my generation finally woke up and truly started showing that we cared about our kids and grandkids. You both showed me that the solution to the climate crisis was simple; we just needed to listen to you. As you know, in 2013 I made a career change, leaving the world of high tech to try

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Will you be able to walk with your children during a summer rain, jumping in puddles, and smelling the fragrance in the air.

Dear Cedar and Wyatt,

I'm writing to you in 2018, during a time of great change. You are learning about many of the challenges that we as people face, yet it's still shrouded in the innocence of childhood. I, in the later part of my life, and you both in your prime. I can imagine you've seen much happiness and sorrow, and everything imaginable in between. You likely think about many of the same things

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I'll be honest: I don't know enough about climate and climate change.

Dear Zivi and Ayala,

I am writing to you as Father's Day 2018 approaches.  You two, now aged 4 and 2, are asleep upstairs in your room: Zivi, on your mattress on the floor, and Ayala in your crib, surrounded by your posse of stuffies and your two blankies. Your mother and I are downstairs on our laptops, working. I'll be honest: I don't know enough about climate and climate change. I know that climate

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What stories will you tell them about our generation? Will we be heroes or villains?

Dear Abigail and Olivia,

Maybe one day, you’ll both be lucky enough to have children, and you’ll understand the love, and joy, and pride of parenting. Maybe you’ll also know what it’s like to be a hero in your children’s eyes. Right now, you think your dad can do anything - fix any problem - and that makes me want to do big, heroic things for you every day. It makes me a better person,

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Even when contemplating huge global-historical issues — especially then — it's important to stay grounded in the present time and place, the specific here and now, and the minute affairs of everyday interpersonal relations.

Dear Daughter,

It's 2050. You are 42 years old now, a year older than my own age when you were born. You may have children of your own now, or not. Who knows? So much is unclear from where I sit in 2018. I don't know where you'll be living. New Orleans, the city of your birth, is the only home you've ever known. But will it still be viable in 2050? I

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Will my Grandchildren be given the opportunity to love these wild places?

To my children and their children,

As I raised you, your Mom and I, made a vow to take you to as many of the natural wonders that this great country has to offer. We visited as many of the national parks as we could reach. We traveled all around and were blessed to experience and grow to love these wild places and the creatures that inhabited them. Now, the climate changes, these wild place's plants and

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I love you and I care deeply about your future.

Dear girls,

I look at you and I feel so lucky. Lucky to have you, lucky to live in such a great place, and lucky to live in such a great time. A time when we live in resource abundance. A time when we know that there are issues with our environment but it can still wait until another day. As you grow up, I fear you will not be so lucky.

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I've been so busy since 2012 working towards getting a price on carbon.

Dear sons,

I'm sorry I've been so busy since 2012 working towards getting a price on carbon, but when the future's at stake some of the present has to be sacrificed. I loved starting your ski adventures back when you were two and I especially enjoyed when your grandfather would join us. I'm trying so hard in order for me to have a chance to ski with my grandkids (no pressure, your

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We must get outside ourselves and our conveniences to see the future through the eyes of your children, and your children’s children, and . . .

Dear Lilly and Evelyn,

You two children are so innocent and unassuming in your entrance into this world, trusting ultimately your parents to provide the essentials of life, including safety, for you. Your mothers, my granddaughters, faced the same circumstances a generation ago, and their mothers, my daughters, same thing two generations ago. The question here is: Have each of our generations done what is necessary to provide that safety for the up-coming inhabitants of

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Because of you.

Dear Ezmae,

By 2050, you will be in your mid 30s. In my mid 30s, I was pondering what career would best support my three children, one of whom is your mom, Clare. I had a choice: journalism or nursing. I picked journalism, but nursing would have been just as amazing! Nevertheless, a quarter century ago I was not thinking about climate change and how it might impact my children and grandchildren.

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If the world moves to 100% of wind, water and solar energy.

to my grandchildren,

The most important are 100% by 2050 renewable energy because the pollution created from the burning of fossil fuels kills millions of people every year. It could be that before 2030 80% were renewable and clean energy at 2050 100%. If the world moves to 100% of wind, water and solar energy, it would be: Eliminate 4.6 million premature deaths caused by air pollution per year around the world. Save 22.8 trillion dollars

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Be champions and arbiters for conservation and preservation efforts across the globe.

To those who follow us,

"I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it." This is something I often find myself thinking while admiring the varied landscapes of this planet, be it the beaches of southern California or the high peaks in the Rocky Mountains. All of my fondest memories are thanks in part to the earth and the constant wonders she provides. However, I am afraid for you and yours. I

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This can be done by using solar energy, electric cars, recycling, and doing other activities to reduce waste.

Dear Future Child,

My parents showed me so many wonders of mother earth growing up. I will always cherish my childhood memories gardening with my mom and dad. As a young child I would always look forward to cleaning the garden with my father. We would always find the something new in the garden whether it be creatures or objects. He made it such an adventure. My mom made so many wonderful dishes

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Quero mudar meus consumos, direcionar os que têm maior força para fazer diferente, votar em políticas com projetos que visem a mudanças climáticas.

Crianças (Hoje não mais)

The ego's too much to my daughter the their futuro filhos. Que ela sirva para todos os futuros que estão fazendo hoje e agora. Acabo de assistir o documentário / filme: Antes do Dilúvio, apresentado pelo Leonardo Di Caprio. O nosso mundo está morto pelas mãos, confesso que é difícil de entender o poder de auto destruição do ser humano, todos os dias uma corda aperta um pouco mais nossos pescoços. Tudo

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Today, I promise to keep my spaces clean and my environment cleaner.

Dear Me,

Today, I promise to keep my spaces clean and my environment cleaner. I want to plant trees and keep my home full of life, clean air, and healthy attitudes. In effort to positively impact climate change, I want to continue to compost and make sure everything I cook with, snack on, and drop goes into the bin in order to keep all of MY organic waste out the landfill. Individual

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