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Dear daughter,

Right now, things in the world seem a little grim. Things with the climate especially seem hopeless, but I’m writing to you to tell you I want to do better. In the past few years, I’ve learned so much about this Earth – its beauty, its power, and its value. But a lot of my actions, as well a the actions of others, haven’t communicated these truths.

I want you to know that I want to – and will do – better. I want to build a better world so that you can live a life where the Earth is valued, healed, and life-giving. To do that, there’s so much I need to do. But, I’ll do it for you – because you deserve this world.

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