I am 19 years old, and I am angry.

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Dear future me,

Tonight seems like any other night, watching TV with my dad, but little does he know I am on the verge of tears, terrified for my future and the future of this planet. I am 19 years old, and I am angry. The fact that people in my generation are forced to carry the entire weight of the world and the future of our planet on our shoulders is absurd. It is unfair that no other generation has had to worry about the future of our civilization to the extent that we have, or has had to question whether or not it is even ethical to have children, afraid that the effects of climate change might lead to an inhospitable way of life for them.

Tonight marks a milestone for me, in the hopes of making many more throughout the next 50 years. Tonight, I pledge to do my best to take care of this amazing planet so that it can be preserved as beautiful, vibrant, and as lively as it is now. I will start recycling better in my home, cutting down on my meat consumption, choosing alternative transportation more frequently, and I also want to join an environmental club and spread awareness! My biggest hope is that whatever state our planet may be in in 50 years, I can look back and at least say that I tried — that I made the best effort I could.

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