Messages to the Future

 
 

I am doing this to protect you, the food, water, air and biodiversity of a country that I love.

Dear Tristan,

I am doing what I am able to shut down unconventional gas and coal in Australia, to educate people about the dangers of these industries and burning fossil fuels as well as the need to embrace renewable energy alternatives. I am doing this to protect you, the food, water, air and biodiversity of a country that I love. I hope that I have some influence on a brighter future for

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I know it’s long past time to wake up. You deserve a future in which drought, famine, and war are not all your children ever know; the choices my generation makes now will determine your future.

Dear Kids,

I was born into a dream, but for most of my life I never knew I was dreaming. The misty promise of unlimited growth, of burning fuel indefinitely without consequence, of progress marching towards a bigger and brighter future has surrounded me for so long that I always took it to be true. During the time you’ve been alive the mist has parted in places revealing some nightmarish scenes: wildfires

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This is such an exciting time where we, the people of the world, have such a tremendous challenge placed in front of us. And, I have pledged to do my part.

Dear Tanner,

You are seven years old and in the first grade when I am writing this letter. You were just here last month for Earth Day, April 22, in Dallas, TX where I live. I enjoyed spending time with you out at Fair Park! We went to the Lego Exhibition where you built a futuristic diorama. And, you climbed trees with “Tree Climbers International”. You might remember that experience! You were very

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But when you are reading this years from now, by the light of a solar powered lamp, know that your dad, mom and millions of others who burned brightly with love for our kids did what we could, when we knew the stakes.

Dear Rosie,

In two days you turn ten. Where does the time go? I remember vividly the feeling of looking at you for the first time the night you were born, on the eve of Father’s Day. I sang you a song (Danny Boy) that I’d sung many times into your mommy’s belly. You stopped crying and gazed into my eyes, with a look of recognition. Like the Grinch, my heart grew three

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When the worst consequences of climate change still feel far away today, or the barriers to acting on climate change seem steep today, I do not think about today. I think about you, and your world when you are my age.

Dear Gabriel,

You’re three years old now. Smart, inquisitive, and brave. Some things have come easy for you. I can’t really remember a time when you weren’t talking in complete sentences, finishing puzzles, learning numbers, or asking questions about the world. But, some things aren’t immediately easy for you. We bought you a scooter right after you turned two years old and you got really fast, really quick. You’ve become a fixture in

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There are many paths to Truth, but regardless of your faith or ideology, one truth is above all else: Life must continue.

Dear Ya’Ash,

On this, my first Father’s Day, I write to tell you about the love and principles that guided my life and my decisions when I spent six years in Sacramento as a member of the Assembly fighting for our environment. When I was 17, I swore and oath to God to do all I could to protect this community both for those who are in the community and its environment now

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Awareness at that level is where it has to begin with our youngest citizens.

Dear Ruth, Fiona, Hayden, Carson, Paige, Ayden, Jack, Myles, & Caroline,

Of all the acts we can do to slow down climate change and preserve the planet, so far the residents of the United States are failing miserably at the easiest and most basic act: eliminating litter. Of all the countries I have visited, my own country is most disgraced by the amount of litter across this nation. It demonstrates disregard and thoughtlessness for one's own behavior and impact on the

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I am working with 350.org on shutting down the coal and unconventional gas industries in our country because I cannot think of a more direct way to protect you, the food, water and biodiversity we all love and rely on.

To my children,

I very much doubt that unless we manage to stop burning fossil fuel within the next 5 years you will still be alive in 2050. I am so glad that you are both now over 21, in your own relationships and pursuing your dreams. I am working with 350.org on shutting down the coal and unconventional gas industries in our country because I cannot think of a more direct way to

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I hope whatever happens, whatever I can't imagine that you may face, that you will continue to seek light.

Dear Lalo,

Writing to you about climate change is like writing a fish a memo about water. What solace could be more trite than one offered from green and wild back yard with fruit dripping from the trees, a time of toast and butter, a time and place where desperation flits, almost unseen, at the browning edges of things, to a time I have never known, a time you live in, a time you may

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Make the most of every day because remember yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift.

Son,

The year is 2050 and oh how the world has changed since I was a young man like you. Unfortunately the world is a lot different now. Since I was a boy the world has gotten significantly hotter due to global warming and climate change. It is sad to see how the world has changed like this and I hope that your generation can somehow find a way to make

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For good reason, I'm about the business of creating a world where we can all thrive, love and self-determine, my love.

Dear Makena,

Before you were born, I did everything I knew to do to make sure that you would be healthy: I ate the right food, exercised, meditated and minimized stress. Your father and I celebrated the birth of our healthy baby and named you “The Happy One” and have spent your entire life making sure that you have nothing in the way of fulfilling that meaning of your name. Early in motherhood,

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There is hope by the time you are reading this the world could be a cleaner and our society much more sustainable than it is today.

Dear Future Child,

I hope that the future is bright with advances in medicine in technology that I cannot even imagine today. However, I am concerned that my generation will not leave a better life for future generations like your own. Climate change is an impending and potentially apocalyptic issue in today’s world and I feel that I must make my own contributions to prevent the warming of the earth. One issue that

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My hope for you all is that you will experience the true beauty of the natural world if we can keep it in place.

Dear Offspring,

At the point your birth, I can only hope that the world will be environmentally safe and stable. My concern is that major coastal cities will be flooded by melted glaciers, which in turn could lead to economic and social displacement problems. As of right now, our CO2 levels are rising, it has been proven that glaciers are melting and the earth is warming. My personal efforts to curb this

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I pray that you are having a happy life and that you have contributed each year of your life into helping to make our planet healthy, cleaner, thriving and greener- a better place for all people and animals to live.

Dear Sander,

Today our nation has joined with more than 175 nations to sign the Paris Climate Agreement at the United Nations. This global agreement was unprecedented and also inadequate; however it is the necessary step toward helping to protect the health and well being of future generations. Your cousin, Krystal Henagan, is the Texas Field Organizer for “Moms Clean Air Force”, an organization devoted to fighting for our children’s health. Although it

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All people deserve clean air, water and soil, but I will fight like a tiger to try and make sure you both have access to those essential resources.

Dear Emma and Ciara,

Before either of you were even born, I did everything I could to ensure you would be healthy babies: I ate organic, healthy food; I exercised and practiced yoga; I drank nutrient rich herbal tea every day; and I cleaned our home with natural, safe products. We celebrated your arrivals and rejoiced in your healthy, strong bodies. But despite my efforts to keep our home and our bodies clean and healthy,

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I am very proud to know that You will treat Our Earth, Our Natural Gift, Our Playful Backyard with the same Awesome Respect that We give to each other, as a Family - Knowing that Our Earth, is Your Child Now.

Dear Josh, LeeAnn, & Jessica,

All Three of You know that My Heart, My Love is, 1st with Each of You!!!! You also know that My 2nd Love is the Health and Welfare of Our Majestic Earth!!! My earliest memories of sharing This Beautiful Earth with You: Josh, You as a toddler - We are camping ("real" camping, with a tent - I will add!) at Alpine Lake, California. Ahhhh the Sierra Nevadas, the Sequoias - the Largest Trees known to

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Life is not easier being a believer but I would not have picked another path. Thanks to my Faith I found my passion to work to stop climate change for your future. Now go play outside and breathe clean air. Dios te bendiga.

Hola Cariño,

Two months ago I would have “labeled” myself as a concerned citizen to a world that does not belong to me. But today I call myself an Organizer, which is just starting to sink in. My desire is that my generation was able to stop greedy corporations and the human race from destroying the beautiful creation we inherited from our parents. Today I fight for your rights to breathe clean air, drink clean water,

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When I asked you why the purple Violet called to you, you told me it was “magic”. I hope that you can still find the magic of life. I hope, despite everything, it is still in abundance.

Dearest Gray,

Today you ran up to me, arms wide open, with a purple Violet in your hand. You said, “Mama, it called to me”, and I believe it did. You surround yourself with all things purple. But you also, at the age of two, have a deep connection with nature. We live at the base of a mountain. And you love to explore in the dense, biodiverse Appalachian forest. It’s Spring and

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