Messages to the Future

 
 

I want you to feel awestruck like I do. It is important to feel small sometimes, to feel the weight of reality, to recognize the scale of a challenge, to see where you fit and what you are up against. This is the case with climate change.

Dear Kai and Leah,

I lie on my back on a wooden dock with a two-year-old Leah and gaze up at the stars. It’s late August and we’ve rented a cottage for a week to soak in the water, the sun, the lazy days of late summer. The two of you spend most of each day splashing on the beach and floating in an inflatable dinghy. But now it’s night, and with the nearest

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Water is the most important natural source of life.

Hey my next generation!!

How are you? I hope you are good and safe. I don't know who of you is reading this now, but you may know, I'm a environment and sanitary engineering. I hope I can help nature in many ways, itself.  It's my job so, I would like to work with water and develop ways to preserve it, instead of wasting, polluting and all kind of stuff we are used to seeing every day. Water is the

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I hope one day you read this message and go on trying to help the planet.

Dear Tiago and Matheus and…

I come to this message with my commitment to take care of the environment. The earth needs help! I know you guys have a good education about that... I hope one day you read this message and go on trying to help the planet. The climate changes and this worry me a lot. In 2050 I don't know how everything goes! When start thinking about the water problem, I start to ask:

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What I hope for future kids like me is that they continue to ride the groundswell of climate change support all the way into action.

Dear Future Kids Like Me,

I am not a parent yet. I don’t know the pang of seeing a future world that’s not up to par with what I would want to provide for my child. But I do remember the fire lighting inside me early on when I thought about all the natural resources of this world, all the different ecosystems and all the species they supported and all the evolution that had taken

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What gives me hope is what is yet to come, what you will experience in your lifetime.

To my dearest Gabriel,

Climate change always seemed so far away. Then, two years ago, you were born. I remember in those first weeks or months that someone told me to enjoy every day, every moment.  They said, “The days are long, but the years pass quickly.” In the two short years since you were born, I know this to be true.  When I look at you and think about your future, I can

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Looking back on this moment in Paris, you will see governments beginning to seriously stir, corporations beginning to squirm, and citizens beginning to cry out.

This moment in Paris

Looking back on this moment in Paris, you will see governments beginning to seriously stir, corporations beginning to squirm, and citizens beginning to cry out: you are still committing future generations to unimaginable calamity. Paris may be the beginning of something useful, finally. Time will tell. You can judge. What we know now is that the commitments governments are making at Paris will get the planet less than halfway to the

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I’ve been thinking about the world. About the world in which you will live. About the waterfalls, rivers, forests, salt marshes, mangroves, and beaches that I don’t know if you will have a chance to see. How I wish I could change the course of things and convince everyone of the importance and beauty of […]

My lovelies,

I've been thinking about the world. About the world in which you will live. About the waterfalls, rivers, forests, salt marshes, mangroves, and beaches that I don't know if you will have a chance to see. How I wish I could change the course of things and convince everyone of the importance and beauty of nature! Can I? I feel like a little ant. But movements are made up of

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I commit to you to change one thing a year in our lifestyle to live more environmentally friendly.

Dear Darlings,

We have talked about the differences in our generations, the differences between your father’s and my generation and our parents’ generation, and the differences between all of those generations and our grandparents’ generation. So, you know that each generation has only had so much information at a time. When we were growing up, environmentalism and climate change were not major concerns. Many people tried to be good stewards of the

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My promise is to continue to dedicate my life, my business, and my future to creating cultures that embrace environmental action not only for our own good, but the good of the countless other species hurting from climate change.

Dear Tomorrow,

I do not have a child, or children, and probably never will. I have nieces and nephews, and I worry about their future, and love them very much. This letter is for them. I work, day in and day out, and most nights, and most weekends, for the future of the wildlife they may never get to see in person. I have been lucky enough to meet many creatures from all

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I know how important it is to take care of the world we live in.

Dear Malice,

My love I know how important it is to take care of the world we live in. To make the better place to you, my granddaughter and future generations. Let's try together. Save more energy, water, recycle, don't waste food, be more in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. Let's create a garden together. I really want to teach you how important it is to save the world and be more

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The time has come to question ourselves as citizens about our own actions and the legacy we are leaving behind.

Dear Tanuj,

As I stood gaping in awe at the glaciers at the Everest Base Camp, I felt a sudden pang of pain in my heart. I wondered if you would witness what I was witnessing. The glaciers are melting bit-by-bit everyday and in my moment of happiness, I was enveloped by a strange sadness. The time when you returned from your trek to Nanda Devi in the Himalayas, I realized how much

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In the coming months, we plan to complete a full assessment of our environmental impact online. We hope to discover our biggest areas of resource consumption, learn what we can do better, and create an action plan to improve over the next year.

Dear little one,

While we don't know you quite yet, we're really looking forward to being your moms in the coming years. We imagine that we'll have lots of good times together, especially since we both love to play. We can picture rolling down hills together, building sandcastles at the beach, riding bikes, exploring new hikes together, and lots more. Your moms just finished our first triathlon together - and we hope to

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I commit to demanding that politicians that want my vote, my time, my substantial help and expertise are people who seek to address climate change seriously and talk about it boldly.

Dear ACS, LG, CM, MCD, AH, MS, AS, GL, and ERD,

I am writing this letter to you because a commitment to you feels more real than one to my own future children, who are, for the moment, imaginary. You are kids that matter to me right now. You all have excellent parents who are among my favorite people on the planet. I know they will do just about anything to keep you safe and give you're a prosperous, fulfilling future.

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” - The Lorax

Dear Gabriel,

My favorite book to read to you right now is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. I’m amazed that at just two years old, you will sit at night and listen to the whole book (or at least most of it). Is it because you love looking at the pictures? Or because you know how much I love reading the book to you? The other day while reading the book, you

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When I really think about it, I am always convinced that making sure people vote leaders into office that will act on climate is probably the single most important individual thing most people can do.

August 2015 – a letter to my god-daughters.

Hi my little Z’s! Hopefully the world is well on its way to solving the climate change problem before you are old enough to read this letter. And perhaps you will find the world faced with another major threat that I cannot yet guess. This note is to share with you some of my thoughts about the issue and what I am doing about it. In case we’re still stuck,

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We're presenting at conferences, writing articles, and organizing events with the goal of mobilizing our profession to act on climate, and to help them understand that it will deeply impact our mission to preserve history for future generations.

Dear future child,

In my last letter, I told you about the organization that I started within the archival community called ProjectARCC. Well, more than 40 archivists across the country have joined the effort to raise awareness of climate change within our profession. We're presenting at conferences, writing articles, and organizing events with the goal of mobilizing our profession to act on climate, and to help them understand that it will deeply impact

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As you look through your window, I hope you will see a bright future. I hope you dream big, and that you have the courage, drive, and fortitude to do everything you can to achieve those dreams.

To my Children,

As I look out my own window, I see green trees, flowers, and a peaceful world. But my mind drifts further, and I see wasteful use of material things, political and civil unrest, and air, water, and earth pollution. You are the future, but we are all the present. And we must all take responsibility for our actions and in-actions. Guilt over what we have done or not done in

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Dear Eleanor,

This is the second message that Trisha Shrum has written to her daughter. We started composting again to send that carbon back to the vegetable garden instead of sending it to the landfill where it turns into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. You love to come with me to the community growing center to drop off the compost and play in the grass and dirt under the shade of trees. Giving

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Seeing you this weekend, I had an overwhelming desire to keep you safe and make you happy.

Baby Nephew,

You're the sweetest munchkin I've ever met, and I'm thrilled to be your aunt. Seeing you this weekend, I had an overwhelming desire to keep you safe and make you happy. In the moment, that meant tickles, snuggles, and funny faces -- but I know there are far more serious (and important) ways that I can and should be contributing to your wellbeing, particularly when it comes to climate change

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