I promise to take care of the earth.
More Messages to the Future
I promise to pick up trash at every beach I visit, use metal straws, take quick showers.
To My Fellow Two-Spirits,
Thank you — Thank you — without you, I would not hear butterflies singing, without you, I would not understand black bear humor, or the creativity of jays planning their breakfast, without you, I would not feel flora whispers of long-lived wisdom on the back of my neck while sitting in Padmasana.
I commit to you to change one thing a year in our lifestyle to live more environmentally friendly.
To the generation after mine,
But when you encounter that resistance–and you will, regularly–know that you must respond just how we have had to these past 50 years. With love, and sternness, and most of all, courage. Because that is what the resistance fears the most. We who came before you promise that we will do the same while we wait for you. Know that you will never be alone.
Right now I want to be hopeful. Right now I want to think that we took action to ensure this beautiful future for you.
I promise to work with my family and neighbors to reduce carbon output.
I promise to do my very best to educate your parents as best I can.
I promise I will encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based diet. Good for our health, the animals and the planet.
I’ll be here to tell you all the ways I have fought for the health of our home, and fought to protect all of the wide, open spaces for you to run in. When you’re old enough, we can fight together.
Dear Alex and Vivian,
This is my most important work.
To My Grandchildren,
It’s my hope that the following will be helpful as you navigate your futures. These are the confessions of a climate activist:
I am getting your father on board too so that we can double charge this together.