Dear Future Child,
I love the blue sky, the dazzling contrast of deep blue against sparkling white snow. As a child I would stare up at the blue sky, gazing at the hazy edges with sadness. I remember the feeling of unease at the pit of my stomach as I noticed the dirty smudges of pollution creeping up the horizon – a reminder that our world is sick.
I want you to be able to look up at a dazzling blue sky and spin, carefree arms outstretched, ready to embrace the world. I want you to breathe deep healthy gulps of air and savor the sensation of living, as your chest rises and falls. I want you to feel the bliss and comfort of being part of a whole and beautiful world; to run barefoot through dewy grass; to pick strawberries that taste like sunshine; to chase fireflies at dusk and listen to coyotes. I want you to live in a world that is whole and healthy, to never worry if the air is safe to breathe, whether the water is safe to drink, or if there are chemicals on your food.
I want things to be simple for you. I don’t want you to feel anxiety over the future or despair at the overwhelming loss of beauty we are witnessing. I don’t want you to choose between participating freely in society and your values. I don’t want you to be plagued with constant guilt and despair that your actions never can align with your beliefs. You should never feel the deep sorrow that no matter how much you do it will never be enough.
I want the world to be better for you. I will fight for you. I will fight so that you have clean air to breathe and water to drink. I will fight to make our society one that you can be proud of. You deserve to live free of our collective and unfathomable burden. To be free of the fear, pain, and guilt of a sick world. You deserve a chance at life. I will fight for that.
A human trying her best