Messages to the Future


“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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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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