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Dear Future Generations,

I’m sorry. I am so, so sorry for everything we have done. And everything we HAVEN’T done. I’m sorry that you will have to grow up in a world without all the incredible plants and animals that are going extinct everyday. We have made irreversible mistakes and decisions that affect you for the rest of your lives. We are only now realizing what we have done and yet so many people still refuse to do something about it. So please, inform yourself and realize that every decision you make will have an effect on everyone that comes after you.

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