More Messages to the Future
Dear You Tomorrow,
What we failed to do, at least early on, was to see how important it was to put those solutions together. To combine into a way forward.
I pray that more and more fathers will realize that to love their children well, they have to love and respect the ecological systems around them too.
To my daughter and son,
Surrounded by scientists who shared my fears and visions, I often had a hard time to accept that outside our small community climate change received marginal attention.
I promise to pick up trash at every beach I visit, use metal straws, take quick showers.
Dear Future Explorers,
I am often faced with the question: why do I care so much about this pale blue dot that we inhabit?
I promise to stop eating beef.
To my beloved granddaughters, Margaret and Caroline,
Growing up in Germany, I often wondered what my parents had done to oppose the Nazi regime in the 1930’s that led to WWII. I was so disappointed when I found out how passive they had been. For me, this was formative.
My climate promise is to reduce electricity at home. I will turn off the TV and lights when I’m not in the room.
dear me in 2030,
I am smelling burning plastic!
Queridas filhas Ana Luísa e Ana Carla,
Que vocês possam contar para seus filhos e netos que minha geração tomou consciência de sua responsabilidade e assumiu sua condição de natureza e a ela se reintegrou, com inteligência, interação respeitosa e solidariedade.
Dear Jamie and Jason,
My inspiration was the two of you. It started with thinking about the world you were inheriting and what your future was going to be like. But then you taught me how important it is to listen to you – to listen to young people.