I will recycle.
More Messages to the Future
To Annika, Anders, Stella, Eva, and Mickey,
In writing to you, I realize that I don’t want you to be hard on yourself if you choose to not make this your cause. But it is mine, so I hope that you hold me accountable to some of what I wrote here.
I feel deeply that it is my moral obligation as your Mom to protect your future and allow you to inherit a clean and healthy planet.
To my daughters,
In order for you two be happy and healthy, we all need to work hard to prevent climate change.
Dear Future Grandchildren,
I hope I can look you in the eye and tell you I honestly did everything I could to protect our planet.
As causas das mudanças no clima são tão profundas e envolvem tanta gente e tantos lugares.
Maya, my love, I promise to be courageous. I promise that when I face a decision, I will think of how it will impact you and your future. I promise that I’ll also step outside my individual decisions and add my weight to the forces that shift culture and systems.
My act of love will be to use all the power I have, during the rest of my life, to stop climate change.
Dear Tom and Leena,
I want you to only see the beauty in this world; there is so much of it and I will protect this beauty for as long as I am here on this Earth.
I promise I will convince my family to switch their gas appliances to electric.
I promise to go to the farmer’s market more
To my future children,
It’s not enough to just recycle. I will sign petitions and call my local representatives. I will also engage in conversations about climate change – even with people with whom I don’t see eye-to-eye.
Dear Zhengqing Gao,
Fortunately, you didn’t get injured while the wildfire burned your school.