Messages to the Future


I wanted to join the fight against (in my opinion) the greatest long term threat humanity has ever faced.

Dear reader,

Whoever you are, always understand that climate change is a worldwide issue that will never be completely solved. The effects of climate change are ubiquitously found in nearly every corner of the planet, and I fear that the consequences will only continue to amplify through time. From the drought of Southern California, to the unusual monsoon seasons in India, there is no immediate escape from this phenomenon, and no one

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If we truly live our present moment, maybe you'll have a future.

We will look back on our time here and ask, “What did I do?”

And maybe more appropriately, "What did all of us do when we knew that it was our honor to ensure your future was better than our own. That you had a future at all." Most days, I suspect, most of us were trapped on the ever accelerating Ferris wheel of consumption and fear and striving dominating life in 21st century America. Whipped around until our senses were a blur. Yet you

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In writing this letter to you, I am searching for ways to make my connection and commitment to you more present in my current experience

My Dear Grandchildren,

As I write this letter to you, you are many years away from your first breath in this world, but I know that I am connected to you. My actions now and the actions of the other people on this planet with me are shaping the life that is yet to come for you. I am holding you in my heart today with great concern because We/I are not doing

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But really, simply put what's missing is sacrifice and redistribution to cushion those who don't have enough and who don't have outsize carbon footprints.

Dear Q,

Happy first birthday buddy! This was published in 2015 on the anniversary of your entry into this world. Maybe it’s twenty years later when you’re reading this. Kinda’ weird, right? Time capsule letter. So, beware, this is kind of long. Don’t feel like you need to read it all in one sitting. Maybe you’ll come back to it a few times, maybe you’ll have to do some research to get

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Mankind has always been able to deal with the greatest challenges it’s faced and this will not be the exception. My message to you is: find that passion and give it your all. ‘Till your legs give out.

I want to tell you a story. Yes, another one.

“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” - Dagny Taggart. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I want to tell you a story. Yes, another one. When I was very young (and probably influenced by the Ace Ventura franchise movies) I

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It seems silly to saddle yourself with guilt for something that hasn't happened yet. I don't want to do that. As of today, I don't really feel guilty. I guess I just want to make sure I keep doing more, so that when you read this, and ask what I've done since then, I can still feel good about my efforts.

Dear Eleanor,

You are 18 months old and I just put you to bed an hour ago. Bedtime routine starts around 8 o'clock. But after brushing teeth, changing into PJs, and reading books, it's usually closer to 9 before you fall asleep. Tonight we read "Where the Wild Things Are", "What Do You Do With an Idea?", and the story of the pale green pants with nobody inside 'em, by Dr. Suess. And

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And it’s not that I don’t care. I care deeply. For you three, and the families I hope you will have one day; for the many beautiful places I have had the privilege to know, places which take my breath away, that fill my heart with a bursting joy and connectedness to something so much greater than I, places I know may be quite different when you are my age

To my darling ones,

“Joy and amazement at the beauty and grandeur of this world, of which Man can just form a faint notion.” Einstein It has taken me forever to write this letter. Because I am stuck with the very uncomfortable truth: I know, but I’m not doing much about it. Yes I changed all the lights in the house to LED, yes I recycle, yes I have stopped buying things I don’t need, yes

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Let me tell you what I did, or rather, let me tell you who I was. I was "involved with mankind" in my own way, attending to the silent whispers of my own Bell. There are many paths to one same summit, many roles that need to be filled in that rusty caravan on the way to Prats de Molló... we just have to know how to listen to ours, and move passionately towards it.

Dear Tomorrow,

"No man is an island Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. [...] Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee." - John Donne You've only met your great grandparents through our stories. This is one of my favorites: He was one of the captive men on a rusty caravan on the way to Prats de

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All children deserve the opportunity for a meaningful, safe, and satisfied life. We hope our efforts to combat climate change and instill a love for the earth in you will help contribute to that.

Dear Asher,

When I imagine your future, I imagine limitless possibilities, joy, love, and meaningful connections. I imagine you contributing to the world in ways that promote a level playing field, social justice, and positive change. Your father and I worry about the way humans treat the earth. It's why we have the cars we do, why we use the diapers we do for you, and why we eat the way we do.

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I hope we can pass on a better place to live so that my grandchildren and their future children can enjoy the beauty of nature that our wonderful God has given us.

Dear Grandchildren,

Hello to my wonderful grandchildren. Your grandfather and I love the outdoors. We love to camp, canoe and garden. We especially love to travel to places with oceans and swim and snorkel. So many pretty places of nature to enjoy. I am concerned that some of this may not be available to you and your children if steps are not taken to preserve it now. Already we are hearing about problems

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I want to teach you to love people equally, to ask hard questions, and to take care of the world in which we live.

Dear kidlets,

To my sweet little ones who do not yet know about or fully understand the ugly parts of the world--about violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental degradation. Perhaps naively, I try to shield you from these things for as long as possible. I imagine a future where things are better. I see glimpses of light--with the Supreme Court's recent ruling on gay marriage, for example--and I want to celebrate these with

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I’m sorry future me, I’m pissed off at you, when I think of you having done nothing, because it is “all too big”.

Dear future me or fifth dimensional me or parallel universe me,

I know you're out there thinking, hey I remember when I was looking for a way to help slow this mess down. I remember reading all the National Geographic articles. The one about the acidification of the sea, about the chopping down of vital forests, about the extinction of the little mouse (was it a mouse?) whose poop is eaten by some other creature who then does something to help

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I want the very best for you and for generations to come. There is only one planet earth, your mommy and I will make a genuine effort to make an impact to protect it for you!!!

My dearest Paloma Bear!,

As I write this, I am sitting in the heart of NYC on a crowded subway car. You are only two and are filled with so much love in your tiny heart. I love you so much and always want the very best for you. I enjoy seeing you smile as we create new and lasting memories. You love to be outside, free as the little dove you are. Each

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I’m writing this to you because I don’t have my own kids (yet?) and you two are a couple of the most important peanuts in my life. When it comes to my work and the things I think about in cities, I think about you – what your neighborhood might look like, how you might […]

Owen and Molly,

I'm writing this to you because I don't have my own kids (yet?) and you two are a couple of the most important peanuts in my life. When it comes to my work and the things I think about in cities, I think about you - what your neighborhood might look like, how you might walk to school, or what parks you might go to with your mom (or me

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I'm going to commit to raising you with your eyes open. Being aware as much as we can, how to better our environment together.

My Dear Paloma,

Today was the first day of our vacation, just you and I. We are in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, breathing clean air into our lungs. Being close to everything green and so alive is all we need. You are two and growing everyday with new words and thoughts and actions. Today, all you wanted to do was be outside and run in the meadows, climb mountains, and swim in the creek. I

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I wish for you to see this great planet in all its beauty and I pray to be better in my everyday actions to do my part.

Dear Ameen,

This world is a grand and beautiful place full of wonders. It breaks my heart to think that some of the amazing places on this planet that I've been fortunate enough to visit might look very different or even no longer exist when you are an adult. For that I personally apologize. I and many people today are doing some good things to minimize damage to the earth - recycling

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The science shows, people are responsible for our earth's climate changes, says a good, wise, scientist, Pope Francis.


YES, stewardship of O U R ONLY Planet! (There is no planet B.) The science shows, people are responsible for our earth's climate changes, says a good, wise, scientist, Pope Francis. I am not doing enough. I got Maine courts to be putting signs in each room used: "Please turn off the light when you leave the room" (Lights in empty rooms were always left on.) We try to: minimize our driving with

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Now I look to you with the youthful energy and idealism to help me get more focused, to help find ways to do things that may actually make a difference.

What can I say?

I have tried to be a good steward and to set a good example, but clearly it hasn't been anywhere near enough. I was an environmental activist back at the first Earth Day; I learned to garden and spent a number of years teaching environmental education. But life moved on and I had a family to support and somewhere along the line I lost that 70's zeal, and as I

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But I am optimistic and a firm believer in Martin Luther King’s truthful quote that says “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

To my nieces, nephews, family, & former students,

As an adolescent and young adult, I lived through the 1973 Oil Embargo followed by the 1979 Oil Crisis which Wikipedia refers to as the “first & second oil shock” for our nation and the world. I remember the lines to buy fuel, closed gas stations, and empty cars on the side of the road. But more importantly, it was a non-political awaking of America to a new understanding that

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