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dear future child,

As I am writing this, I am still a college student studying education. I have already switched to a reusable water bottle and do not eat beef much or at all. My mom and I also do this trivia thing online where you answer questions and each day you do, they remove 1 plastic bottle from the ocean (website called Free the Ocean). My mom and I also sign petitions to support action on climate change and other practices to help the environment. It’s important to me that 28 years from now, the Earth is healthy and safe for you to be brought into the world.

My promise to you is that I will make the switch to bamboo toilet paper really soon. And once I have my own home, I will compost and hopefully afford solar panels. I already drive a hybrid car, so I will continue to drive a hybrid car, and maybe I will have a fully electric car that you will ride in and learn how to drive in. Maybe our home will be in the city and we will be able to take public transit or walk most places. Either way, I hope to have solar panels for all of my future homes, and be able to compost and eventually teach you how to compost as well. I will also try to limit my use of single-use plastics, and make an effort to recycle everything I can. I will also limit my purchasing of new clothes, especially from fast fashion brands, and make sure I thrift more.

As a future teacher, I hope to teach my future students and you how to take care of our planet and advocate for change in corporations and governments. I would also love to be able to have my future school plant trees. And maybe at our future home we will have our own little garden to grow fruits, veggies, and herbs. I want to do whatever I can to make sure you can come into the world and not have to worry so much about this.

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