Messages to the Future

 
 

The more time we dedicate to breaking down barriers and helping up those that have fallen beneath our oh so heavy boots, the more we will appreciate the simple values engrained in this world.

Dear Future Joanne,

I hope that you have slowed down. I am reaching out to you from the year 2017. Our aim while here is to develop, advance, progress, and BOOM. In the late 1800’s, as you have probably learned, manufacturing, business, and labor skyrocketed, a trend that continued into the 19th century. In 1989, the Internet as we know, the World Wide Web was developed. We have seen advances in every industry as

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There will always be new phones and new gadgets, but a healthy planet is not something I can promise you, and that is what worries me.

To All Whom It May Concern (and this should concern all of you),

The world has changed immensely from the time I was born until the time I am writing this letter to you all. I don't fear the new changes that will happen over the course of the next few decades, for I will be old enough to know how to withstand radical changes. But I am cautious that the truly important changes will be too slow to transpire, or be non-existent

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I want to sculpt a world for you where you can play outside without gas masks, an ocean to swim in without toxins, and a thick lively forest for you to wander.

Dear My Future Child,

Something about me is that I try my absolute best to see the most in the mundane, the simple things have always inspired me to create. I think everyone should be inspired to create by something, whatever that creation may be, and I hope to have taught you that by the time you read this. Anything can be beautiful if you choose to see it that way. Nature for me

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Climate is undeniably changing but it is not top priority.

Dear future Child or Grandchild,

We are currently pumping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and not doing too much to stop it. Climate is undeniably changing but it is not top priority to really do anything about it. We see the threat in the near future and what it can do to your generation, but we don't seem to care about it. We have resource issues and we are struggling to feed our own population.

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When I think of these nature-rich areas of my childhood, I feel absolutely overjoyed, and I want you to have the same connection with the outside world as I had.

Dear Future Son or Daughter,

When I think of the Earth and the natural world as an eighteen year-old college freshman, I think of the Moir Park, Woodlake Nature Center, and Normandale Lake, all places in Bloomington, Minnesota that have shaped my childhood. My family and I would spend countless summer days at what I believed to be the greenest and most beautiful park in existence, despite the proliferance of mosquitos and sticky air that

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I'll never forget walking with you to the beach in the morning, closing our eyes and stopping to listen to the sound of the waves rolling over and over again. It was so peaceful, and in that moment, I felt a deep connection to the world around us.

Dear Mom,

Looking at the world that we live in, and how things are in this world makes me feel a number of emotions. I have so many fond memories from my childhood that involve playing outside, anything from sledding out on the hill near our house to spending time enjoying the summer time at the beach. I am so grateful that we have gotten the chance to see each beautiful season

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The vicious hurricanes, the piercing heat or the animals you don't get to see, all that is just the Earth's response to our attacks on it.

To my Grandchildren,

I first learnt about climate change or environmental issues when I was eleven years old in year six. At the school I went to, every year the current bunch of grade six students, as a whole class, would work together on an important topic which we would then present at the year end. That year, our class did our project on "global warming and climate change". But, since then even

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I want you to see those corn fields in the north, the beautiful beaches down in Florida, and the stars in the woods at night.

To My Future Nephews,

Firstly, I wish you both the best of luck growing up with your mother. No doubt she’ll be a very fun mom. I remember when we were younger, and spent a summer break in Ohio. My older sister, older brother, your mom, and me, along with your grandpa and grandma. We would tour around the different places my dad remembered during his childhood. Most people wouldn’t see Ohio as being

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This lead me to my final project, which focused on reforming the education system to incorporate sustainability classes into the current curriculum.

To My Future Self,

Fall Quarter, 33 years ago, you took a class called intro to sustainability. This class opened your eyes to the magnitude of the environmental problems our world is facing. At least in 2017, it is the standard to put short-term profits over long term planetary health. Even though work is being done to reverse our bad decisions, I believed there was still a lot of work to be done. I

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My promise to myself and to you is to live a simplistic and conscious life, and hopefully you are able to see the beauty of the world we live in.

Dear future me and family,

I took a sustainability class my first semester of college without really knowing what the class would entail. I’m forever thankful for how eye opening and humbling this class was to me. For me, particularly, this class gave me a chance to become more self-conscious about my own individual impact on the world every day. Day to day I find myself thinking about my water and electricity use, and my

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What made Michigan so beautiful was its ability to go through seasonal changes. Recently, the seasons have been shifting with longer summers, shorter winters, and fall/spring appearing to disappear.

Dear future generations,

One of my favorite parts about growing up in Northern Michigan was being able to experience all of the great outdoors including sandy freshwater beaches, lush trails through forests, and endless activities in the snow. What made Michigan so beautiful was its ability to go through seasonal changes. Recently, the seasons have been shifting with longer summers, shorter winters, and fall/spring appearing to disappear. Shorter winters and longer summers reflect

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I want you to know that some of us do care and we are working towards a better future for you.

To our future generations,

It is a dangerous time here in 2017. We are at pivotal period in the history of humanity but more importantly the history of our planet. It took us too long to realize our resources are not infinite and that we must change our present for the sake of the future. We have lost sight of the value of nature and made many mistakes, which have led us to our

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I truly hope this is a transformative time in world history.

Dear Future Generations,

I hope all is well with what you’re dealing with environmentally. I can’t imagine the magnitude of what you all may be facing in the years to come. As of now, it is November of 2017. I’m currently 19 and living within the city of Chicago. Currently, our world is in an unsustainable place due to the United States government, under Donald Trump, who is denying climate change’s existence. The

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It isn't fair, it isn't just, and the blame is not held in your hands, but the responsibility is yours.

To the future generations,

The fact that I have to write this letter deeply saddens me. The state of our natural world is under barrage by the greed and inconsideration of the human race. At our current pace, the state of the earth you must inhabit will be one that no form of life can thrive within. If you are able, please do everything in your power to slow or even halt this damage.

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Right now there is so much uncertainty and violence in the world, I hope we can get to a point where things are more peaceful and predictable.

Hello Future,

It's hard to imagine what the world is gonna be like tomorrow, let alone a few decades in the future. I can only hope that in the future, the world gets it together. Right now there is so much uncertainty and violence in the world, I hope we can get to a point where things are more peaceful and predictable. As of today, the White House has finally somewhat acknowledged

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And I promise, that I will work tirelessly to promote a vision of this world that is suitable for my beautiful niece to grow up in.

Dear Quinn,

Remember when we visited Alaska, and we pointed and awed as we passed by the giant glaciers? Remember the rush of excitement we felt as we pointed off into the water to gasp as the whales' backs popping up onto the waters surface? We tried to explain to you just how big they were and how we don't get to see those kinds of animals in Illinois. But you didn't

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I hope you consume only what you need.

Dear Future Me,

I hope that you are doing well, and I hope that the planet is in livable condition. Unfortunately, I really don’t think it is. I know I’ve tried to live an environmentally friendly life, but I know you think I could have and should have done more. I hope you can forgive me for my ignorance and inability to start caring about the earth sooner. I also hope you can

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I hope that people are still enjoying the wonders that nature has to offer.

dear future people (:

These are weird times right now. For my whole life my generation has learned about all these crazy, revolutionary times in history class but have never experienced anything like it personally. And now, all of a sudden, we’ve found ourselves in the middle of chaos – climate change caused by irresponsible, unsustainable living, a leader of our country who doesn’t seem to care and way more than a handful of

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I know that our planet cannot handle many more years like 2017.

To my future children,

I don’t even know how to begin this letter without thinking about how we let it get this bad in the first place. It’s fall right now and Chicago is beautiful this time of year. I’m looking out at trees turning vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow. Do you still have trees? Or, even seasons for that matter? I wonder about these things the more I hear about the

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