Dear future generations,
I am writing you from November 2016 and things are pretty interesting. We are currently signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement, but we just elected Donald Trump as president. Sadly, he has said he wants to pull the United States from this Paris Climate Agreement which would greatly decrease the incentives for many other countries to stay committed to it. Our society is currently heavily dependent on fossil fuels for nearly all of our energy needs. There is a big push to transition to renewable energy but it is being squashed by the fossil fuel industry and by elected officials who are identify as climate change deniers but who are really just paid by the fossil fuel industry to keep us dependent on fossil fuels. While all this might seem very depressing and even though it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to climate change and the very real threat it poses to our humanity, there is hope. We still have an opportunity to stop extreme climate change if we transition to 100% renewable energy, start consuming less commercial products, eat less meat, and actively live in a more sustainable way. I sincerely hope and pray that for your sake we can accomplish these things and more because your well-being depends on it. I can remember going to the Florida Keys with my dad on a week-long sailing trip with my boy scout troop. We were able to live on and operate a 40-foot sailboat for a week. We got the opportunity to sail to small deserted island in and around the keys, as well as snorkel with a great abundance of colorful fish and exotic coral reefs. These areas were protected but not immune to the effect of climate change. My hope for you is that you can have equal experiences with nature that I was able to have with my dad.