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Dear Anna,

In this moment, you looking at the gray sky outside in Spring. The vast mass of leaves face you, as they gently wave with the forces of the wind. Like a sea of praising hands. They drink in any sunlight they can get despite the clouds. They wait for God to rake those clouds, so they can get a share of rays. I’d like to pay attention to this more often. I’d like to drink in any beauty I can get despite the clouds of fear that accompanies the threat of drastic climate change. The threat to the end of the nature of today.

Air, land, and water pollution, all the result of a community attempting to improve their situation all too hastily. It isn’t without power struggle, war, hurt, pain, and in my opinion, vain. For what is the point of helping the few and not the many. If some are suffering, why do we feel content in our plenty? Climate change is not just a concern for the environment, but its a symptom of certain human selfishness that some groups took a hold of. And I have the privilege to enjoy the benefits of that selfishness, but I do not ask for things to be so easy, and I certainly do not ask for the consequences to be placed on anybody else.

However, my hope for the future is to help mitigate those consequences. I hope not to fall into a systematic way of things. I hope to really take action in my community, and I hope you have really stuck to that, in large or small ways. I hope that the government really has invested into equitable, clean solutions for the future, and while I completely recognize that things will still need help, and social issues very alike to the ones we are experiencing now will probably still be prevalent, I hope that they are at least more thought of and worked toward. I hope to see justice for people around the world, and I hope to see justice for all kinds of life and our environments.

My promise is to learn, learn, learn, and incorporate environmentalism into my career path and lifestyle. I will take more thoughtful steps towards an environmentalism that prioritizes both my wellbeing and the Earths. I will think about how I am just as much nature as those waves of leaves drinking in the sunlight. I will think about how I can benefit them, like they benefit me.

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