Messages to the Future

 
 

Take Earth as your mother; respect, protect and love her. Make Earth feel like your daughter; defend, protect and provide for her.

To the Carriers of my Clan,

Be the generation that actually changes the world. So that YOUR children would have the joy of growing up on this paradise of a planet... Take Earth as your mother; respect, protect and love her. Make Earth feel like your daughter; defend, protect and provide for her. Because the Earth - this our Earth - belongs to each one of us, as much as we each belong to her. Aabo oro laaso

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At the current rate by the time our descendents read this we are likely to have lost the robins of our bird tables, the lions we dreamt of following, and a huge proportion of the mighty oak trees that we climbed in our youth. This is what we are fighting for, and it needs to start now.

Dear Tomorrow,

I have thought a lot about how to approach this message; should I lay out the case for climate change as a real phenomenon? Should I describe the risks, or the worst case scenarios? Should I lay out a multi-step plan in an attempt to provide practical solutions? I decided, after considerable thoughts, that although all of these are very important they are probably things that are best done by

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I was interested and passionate, but it all seemed too abstract and far away and I wasn't sure what I could do.

Dear blank Saward,

In short, I cared a lot but didn't do much. I tried to limit my personal impact by recycling obsessively, unplugging things, lowering our heat (despite your father's whining) and taking public transport. But let's be honest, your dad and I flew constantly, I don't recall giving money to organizations trying to impact climate change, I wasn't careful with who I voted for and I never did any organizing beyond

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We thought that the world was an endless supply of whatever we wanted... I know it sounds hard to believe, but that is the way it was.

Dear Maya, Emilio and Daniel,

I hope that the world will be better when you read this. .. I must say that in my youth I was not worried at all about climate change... It simply was something that was not on the news or on almost anybody's mind. We were simply unconscious that we were harming the planet and thought that the world was an endless supply of whatever we wanted... I know it sounds

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I'm not allowed to talk about climate change around family; as my mom warned me, "climate change is not something that people think about in Mississippi." But I'm worried for my family's future.

Dear Tomorrow,

You don't exist yet, but I think about you a lot. You've stayed on my mind more and more after I became knowledgeable of and extremely concerned about the imminent impacts of climate change and our ability to live comfortable, safe lives. I actually worry more for you and your children now than I do just thinking about you and what kind of person you will be. One day you'll hear

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This is for the countless children I already see suffering the impact of climate change around the world, and the generations to follow.

For those who come after us,

I'm not sure if I'll have children of my own, so this isn't for them. This is for the countless children I already see suffering the impact of climate change around the world, and the generations to follow. I have been fortunate enough to live in a place and at a time when I have easy access to things like clean water and consistent food sources. Although climate change has

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One reason it took awhile to write my thoughts here is that I don't feel that I am being proactive in the struggle to affect climate change. Yet, just thinking about this task over the past several days, has motivated me to shut off more lights, walk instead of jump in the car for a very short trip, and buy more locally.

Dear Tomorrow,

I am writing this as a mother of three socially conscious adult children and at this moment grandmother to three young grandchildren, who will be most likely to experience significant effects of climate change in their lives. I believe that each individual as well as policy makers at the highest levels of society need to take action to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. We all need to educate

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I had heard about climate change before and understood the science, but that was the summer when it got real for me, when I realized that this wasn't about polar bears but about people.

Hi mini-Micks,

You aren't born yet, and maybe you will never be, but oddly enough I think about you and others like you a lot. It started 6 years ago, when I was in the final stages of a path into corporate law. I had finished my degree, and landed a job at a law firm which I had been working for since high school. It was my last summer before I started,

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Every week, I'm startled by how much you understand. I know it won't be long before you ask me about the planet - how big it is, where it came from, where it ends, and how it works. I won't have all the answers -- I might not even have a tenth of them. But I promise you, we'll find out together.

Ioanna,

You are only 8 months old but already you are curious about, excited for, amazed by and in charge of the world around you. Every week, I'm startled by how much you understand. I know it won't be long before you ask me about the planet - how big it is, where it came from, where it ends, and how it works. I won't have all the answers -- I

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I knew it was happening, but felt helpless to do anything meaningful to stop it? I'm sorry? These words won't help you swim among the amazing fish at the coral reefs that I was able to experience.

Dear Tomorrow,

I read everything I could find on the topic and became convininced climate change was happening. At the same time, I reached the sad conclusion that given human nature e.g. Jared Diamond's book "Collapse," and the overwhelming momentum of powerful forces such as population growth and the industrial blossoming of China and India, there is little or no chance to stop it. Therefore, the question in my mind became, "What

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In 2020, you will be seven years old, in school and likely learning about climate change. Perhaps this will be the first time you will ask me what I did about it. I hope I can make you proud.

G,

Everybody tells me that you will grow up faster than I can imagine, and I can already see that is true in your first 2 years. Before I know it, you will be asking me and your mom about our lives before you, and not long after that I hope you will be asking us tough questions about our contribution to the world you are inheriting. Someday sooner than I can

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I'm writing this message with one hand. With the other hand, I'm holding our 9–month–old son who fell asleep a few minutes ago.

Dear Tomorrow,

I'm writing this message with one hand. With the other hand, I'm holding our 9–month–old son who fell asleep a few minutes ago. I know a bit about how our individual day–to–day actions and how government policies are leading us and the earth down an irreversible path. I try to use a bit less energy but that's about all I do. I don't change my research topics or actively engage in

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Then you were born, and something happened to me - all of a sudden I realized it was your world, and (maybe, if you want them) your children and children's children, that I'd been using all these years.

Dear Dylan,

Maybe it's 2030 and you're 16 now. When I was 16 I was getting my first car - 22 miles per gallon, if I remember right, in my Plymouth Neon. That probably seems like another world to you - or at least I hope it does. Before you were born I didn't think much about climate change. I wanted it to stop, but it didn't feel like 'my' issue - I

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If everyone does their part, I'm confident the world can be an even better place when you are an adult. God gave us a wonderful home, we must take care of it.

Cecilia,

We love singing the song, 'What a wonderful world'. I want you to know that it's our job to keep the world a beautiful place. It's tempting to blame big, foreign cities when you hear about problems with Global Warming. It's easy to think major climate change might happen a long time in the future. The truth is, there is only one world and our actions make a difference. For

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What gives me hope is what is yet to come, what you will experience in your lifetime. I don’t know what this will look like; I can’t even imagine it.

To my dearest Gabriel,

I began working on climate change in 2006. Over the past 9 years, I have come to understand the severity of the future impacts- the increased number and severity of storms, changes to agriculture and water supplies, people forced from their homes due to sea level rise. Despite my concern about climate change, it always seemed so far away in time and location. But then, almost two years ago, you were

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As I write this, history has yet to determine the fate of the world you inhabit. If we are lucky, I will tell you I was there at the dawn of a revolution.

Hi Sweetheart,

As I write this, history has yet to determine the fate of the world you inhabit. If we are lucky, I will tell you I was there at the dawn of a revolution. I will tell you that I remember the moment when everything changed. I will tell you that we saw a great challenge – perhaps the greatest challenge we have yet faced – and we rose to meet that

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She said they stare at her and ask the question: “You Knew and What Did You Do?” And at that moment it suddenly hit me: my generation’s slavery is going to be climate change.

Hi Sweetheart,

I am writing a letter to you many years before you are even a possibility. I am at Harvard Kennedy School right now and have joined a group of amazing people in an effort to ensure our society is reflecting seriously about climate change. The idea is to write a letter to you that you will read when you turn 50. I am only 25 right now so this is

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