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Dear Aaron,

I’m writing days after you turned six months old. It’s hard to believe how quickly you’ve grown, yet I have mixed feelings about the world in which you are growing. We have a terrible, regressive administration in this country, and authoritarianism is on the rise globally. And even as the scientific consensus on climate change is clearer than ever, governments like ours ignore it and continue policies that imperil your future and that of your children.

Today, your Abba and I do our part to minimize our carbon footprint. We live in New York City, in a modest apartment with central heat for the building, and don’t own a car. We purchase our electricity from renewable resources via our service provider. We travel to work and to see friends on the subway, and we are members of a CSA, getting our fruits and vegetables, in season, from a local, woman-owned organic farm. We try not to buy more than we need and we are strict recyclers.

On a political level, we advocate to our elected leaders to support policies that raise the efficiency of cars and buildings and invest in power generation that has the least impact on the environment. We marched in the Climate Marches in New York City and Washington DC, and we will continue to stand up for this important value.

We hope that you understand the importance of caring for our planet and that you can make a difference.

Love you forever,
Daddy

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